Teesta Basin Visit Reveals Spring Knowledge Gaps

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HI-AWARE researchers from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), The Mountain Institute-India and local organisations recently visited Santook Mirik on the outskirts of Kalimpong in the Teesta Basin in India to take stock of springs systems. 

The women stakeholder groups they visited with said after the 2011 earthquakes, some springs dried up completely in their areas while other springs emerged in places where there were none before. 

Very little is known about the geo-hydrological aspects of springs in the area. The HI AWARE initiative sees this as an opportunity to address "knowledge gaps" through embedding a hydrogeological-based springshed approach to understanding seismic impacts on springs.