Kulum village, a remote high-altitude #mountain community facing the effects of climate change, was #abandoned by its residents in 2010 due to water scarcity. In #collaboration with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MOTA), the Ice Stupa team of the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh, began the process of #rehabilitation in 2019.
On 27/02/2023, teams from HIAL & SECMOL along with volunteers trekked to Kulum’s Ice-Stupa site to set up the Automated system – a new and efficient Ice-Stupa-making system that requires very little maintenance. It helps reduce the blockage of pipes, which is a major concern in Ladakh due to the harsh winters. However, the best solution is to drain the pipe before it freezes. Various attributes of the process like the structure’s shape, size, density and weather conditions were tried and tested in Kulum village.
This project is planned to be scaled up in various high-altitude geographic locations to combat the effects of climate change and global warming.