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In the Summer of 2014, a group of four Cambridge undergraduate travelled to the Zanskar region of Ladakh in the Tibetan Plateau of the Indian Himalayas, in order to undertake research and study projects about the impacts of climate change on remote communities.

The expedition was approved by the Cambridge Expeditions Committee as well as the Scientific Exploration Society. Our project looked at how local communities have adapted to water scarcity driven by receding glaciers, contributing human stories of resilience to the international dialogue on climate change from an inter-disciplinary perspective.

We immersed ourselves into Zanskari culture and learning from the communities we visit by staying with local people in home stays and trekking to the most remote villages in the region. Our primary goal has been to conduct high quality undergraduate level research about resilience and adaptation strategies to changing water supply related to climate change. The research is composed of projects under the theme of the social narratives of climate change, include an anthropological approach to understanding factors in environmental management and a livestock survey project.

We are committed to ensuring that the expedition has a greater purpose beyond our academic interests. We wish to bring our experiences to a wide audience, both in the UK and also in Ladakh by a blogging and documentary project and to collaborate with local educational NGOs and charitable projects.

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