About Us

The Geopolitics and Ecology of Himalayan Water is a new project of the eARThumanities at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in collaboration with the Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich. As the climate crisis worsens, a vast swath of Asian countries for which the Himalayan water supply constitutes the most important lifeline, are faced with mounting insecurity. The scramble for uninterrupted access to ample fresh-water supplies is increasingly triggering a geopolitical dispute among the continent’s strongest powers, eroding interstate cooperation. This initiative also aspires to become a teaching lab for making interdisciplinary connections and drawing parallels across a wide range of human-environment problems. Areas of research will cover history, science, engineering, data, geopolitics, anthropology, food security, film, policy design, writing, etc. and advance the agenda of interdisciplinary research and collaboration across the divisions at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), NYU’s Global Network University (GNU), the Rachel Carson Center and other important international institutions.


The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) promises green growth in a win-win formula for China and partner states.  What is the record so far?  Are China and BRI partner states reconfiguring the global context of development?  Where do we see green growth, and where are events unfolding otherwise, either for development or sustainability?  Does the BRI model of win-win green growth have its own costs, some of which are perhaps still to be discovered? 


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Mr. Treitler provides an innovative perspective on the valuation of water and ecosystem services on a local and global scale through his experience in capital markets, the development sector, and academia.

It should not take a tragedy for the Himalaya to change its approach to mountain development. Yet every disaster that occurs is a poignant reminder that narrow solutions to short term threats are not the way forward.

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"Environmental Humanities in the New Himalayas: Symbiotic Indigeneity, Commoning, Sustainability showcases how the eco-geological creativity of the earth is integrally woven into the landforms, cultures, and cosmovisions of modern Himalayan communities."

Event Highlights

At the end of October 2020, we convened a two day conference that brought together leading Himalaya experts from around the world. Thank you to everyone who attended.

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