The Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region is rich in various natural resources. Its environment is world-famous for its beauty and benefits. The Himalaya has served for centuries as a source of abundant waters.

But today widespread damage and destruction are occurring. Noticeable signs are increased floods during the monsoon periods and droughts in the summer months. Focusing on water quality, diseases caused by contaminated water are among those most prevalent. This causes untold suffering to local populations in the mountain settlements and to millions more in the plains below.