While deglaciation is considered to be a world-wide problem, there is particular concern at the alarming rate of retreat of Himalayan glaciers. Some experts have speculated that the glaciers of the region will disappear within the next 40 years, resulting in widespread, catastrophic water shortages. In March 2001, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned a project called SAGARMATHA (Snow and Glacier Aspects of water Resources Management in The Himalaya), \"to assess the seasonal and long-term water resources in snow and glacier fed rivers originating in the Hindu Kush - Himalayan region and to determine strategies for coping with the impacts of climate-change induced deglaciation on the livelihoods of people in the region.\" Volume 1 of the technical report provides an overview of the project.
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK. 113 pp.