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.


This session digs into the particular challenges that women in the Himalayan region face, as well as the solutions that they are working towards. Leading up to COP26, this session will seek to champion the importance of just and gender-inclusive climate action. 


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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.


Ecosystems and livelihoods separated by thousands of miles in the gulf and Himalayas are closely linked by wind patterns that sweep the Asian continent. Ready the full article by our research fellows on The Third Pole

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Despite the widespread consensus on the need of climate adaptation finance to support developing countries, funding for climate adaptation projects is limited. There is extensive debate and literature that suggests that adaptation finance will flow from developed countries. This paper, however, studies the willingness to pay (WTP) for adaptation from glacial flooding among university students in Nepal as a way to explore if residents of developing countries can fill the funding gap for climate adaptation.


GEHW’s ongoing mission is to serve as a teaching lab. As part of our curricular development and in partnership with NYUAD’s Global Education Program, a cluster of three new J-terms classes addressing diverse challenges facing the Himalayan Region were designed and will be offered on the NYUAD campus in January 2022.  You can learn more about these course offerings by watching the trailer.

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