World Water Day

On World Water Day let’s raise our voice to protect Tibet’s water. Sign this petition & TAKE ACTION!

On 22nd March ‘World Water Day’, Women’s Environment and Development Desk (WEDD) of Tibetan Women’s Association is running a petition drive titled ‘Nomads for Planetary Third Pole’ which was successfully launched at the Buddhist Kalachakra teaching in Bodh Gaya. 3500+ signatures were gathered at Bodhgaya which is also available online. One petition is addressed to the Environment Ministries of the ten downstream nations excluding China. These are ten countries in Asia namely: China, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal all receive water from Tibet’s rivers. These are the Mekong, Yangtse and Salween in the east, Brahmaputra in the center, and Kamali, Indus and Sutlej in the west. The second petition is addressed to the Environment Ministry of People’s Republic of China. The petition urges the Chinese leadership to halt the forced eviction of nomads from the Tibetan plateau and thereby ensure the future food and water security of Asia.

WEDD is also launching an online video titled ‘Experts Speak on Tibet’s Environment’ which will be available on our website and YouTube on the World Water Day.

If you are in Dharamsala, India, please join us for the below event to protect Tibet’s waters!

Venue: Main temple gate and Main square, Mcleod Ganj
Time: 9am to 5pm

World Water Day

Tibet the Third Pole Conference


Time, Day and Date: 6 pm – 8 pm (120 minutes), Monday, 9 January 2012.

Venue: TWA tent, in- front of Namgyal Monastery Guest House, opposite Gate number one, Bodhgaya.

Featuring a panel of experts:

  • Michael Buckley, Traveller Writer and Filmmaker on Tibet,
  • Mr. Vijay Kranti, Indian Writer and Journalist,
  • Tenzin Norbu, Head of the Environment and Development office of Central Tibetan Administration and
  • Tenzin Dorjee, Executive Director, Students for a free Tibet.

Scientists have established Tibet as the planetary ‘Third Pole.’ It has the largest reservoir of fresh water besides the two poles (Artic and Antarctica), and is home to more than 46,000 glaciers, and thereby is Asia’s water tower. Tibet Third Pole is the head region of Asia’s ten major rivers feeding 1.3 billion lives in ten downstream nations including China. Recent research has indicated that heating of Tibetan plateau also influences the onset of Asia’s monsoon.

Organized by the Women’s Environment and Development Desk (WEDD) of TWA, with this conference we aim to discuss how in the age of Climate change, Tibet’s environment is under threat thus posing greater threat to Asia and how this could be averted.

An undertaking of Tibetan Women’s Association.

Contact mobile number 0-9418791189 / 0-9882735801 / 9816090221

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Invitation front (English)
Invitation back (English)
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Tibetan nomad petition

Nomads for Planetary Third Pole petition

Tibetan nomad petitionDharamsala, January 2: Tibetan Women’s Association and Tibet Third Pole have launched a petition to the Ministry of Environment Protection of The People’s Republic of China. The petition appeals to the PRC to halt the forced removal of nomads from Tibet’s pastureland since this is not a climate mitigation measure but rather a disastrous environmental policy that threatens the survival of the ten downstream countries. We also alert the Ministry of Environment of Nine Downstream Nations dependent on Tibet’s rivers (India, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal) to the urgency of this issue and beseech that immediate pressure is put upon the PRC government to cease current policies of forced and coerced displacement.

[important]Please support the Tibetan nomads by signing and sharing the online petition here
(this petition page will also be updated with the number of offline signatories).[/important]

The petition was launched at the Buddhist Kalachakra teaching in Bodh Gaya this month, where TWA have a stall campaigning for nomads’ rights and showcasing TWA’s recent activities, including the November 2011 publication of a book on the critical situation currently facing Tibet’s nomads – Purging the Treaure House: displacement and the status of the Tibetan nomad.