Congratulations to Mr. Chhewang Norphel, Chief Project Officer, Leh Nutrition Project Housing Colony, aka “The Ice Man,” for being recognized by the United Nations Development Programme for his work to mitigate the effects of melting Himalayan glaciers. The award was delivered at a New Delhi screening of “Himalayan Meltdown,” the documentary in which we featured Mr. Norphel for his innovative project to create “glaciers” that provide essential crop irrigation for his people.
“Himalayan Meltdown” has received widespread press attention in India, where it is being distributed to schools and universities across the nation as an educational tool to encourage proactive response to the challenges posed by the ice melt. As the UNDP reports:
“The film illustrates solutions, small and large, simple and technologically complex, for coping with a changing environment that can make the difference between survival and disappearance. It features innovative fog-catching in Nepal, man-made glaciers in India, views of life in the changing plateaus of China, and pioneering UNDP climate change adaptation projects in Bhutan and Bangladesh. Technological advances from leading glaciologists, experts at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and UNDP offer insights into what is in progress and what still needs to be done for countries to address the Himalayan ice melt.”