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Project December 19, 2023

Climate Crisis in Kashmir



Boats are parked on top of silt and trash in Wular lake in Kashmir. Image by Yawar Nazir Kabli. India, 2022.

Situated in north Kashmir, the Wular Lake is in crisis. So is its community of over 9,000 fisher families living in the 32 surrounding villages. Asia’s second largest freshwater lake has been gulping sewage, industrial and horticulture waste, replete with fertilizer and pesticide, for decades. Shrouded by encroachments, paddy fields, and willow plantations, the lake and surrounding marshes are mere shadows of their former selves.

This project details the impact of Wular Lake’s decay on its fisher community, dredging on the lake’s aquatic life, the region’s changing ecology and economy, and the waste management system in Kashmir.



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Environment and Climate Change

Environment and Climate Change