Knowledge sharing for disaster risk reduction: Insights from a glacier Lake workshop in the Ladakh Region, Indian Himalayas

Naho Ikeda, Chiyuki Narama, Sonam Gyalson

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Abstract

Small glacier lakes are distributed in the Ladakh Range in northwestern India. This area has experienced several glacier lake outburst floods (GLOFs) since the 1970s, damaging settlements along streams. To reduce GLOF risk through a knowledge-based approach focused on nonstructural measures, we held a workshop in May 2012 for residents of Domkhar Village in the northwestern part of the Ladakh Range. More than 100 villagers participated in the workshop, which conveyed useful disaster information to participants while enabling the researchers to understand local knowledge and beliefs about floods. A survey conducted 3 months later confirmed an improvement in residents' knowledge of natural disasters. The researchers also learned useful lessons, such as the need to adjust the program design for diverse participants and the importance of clearly communicating disaster risks and supporting local residents' attempts to incorporate new scientific knowledge into existing local knowledge. Challenges to implementing flood countermeasures in this area included problems relating to land use and emergency communications and the need for coordination of efforts by the government and local residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-40
Number of pages10
JournalMountain Research and Development
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb

Keywords

  • Glacier lake outburst flood
  • Ladakh
  • disaster preparedness
  • disaster risk reduction
  • indigenous knowledge
  • local community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Development
  • Environmental Science(all)

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