To mitigate the effects of climate change, 5 artificial glaciers made in Gilgit-Baltistan
Three universities in Gilgit-Baltistan and the WAFA foundation collaborated with the local communities to make the five artificial glaciers in the province. The five glaciers project was done under the Climate Change ministry’s Glacier Lake Outburst Flood project to mitigate the effects of climate change. In a bid to ensure the provision of water to the locals, the glaciers were made.
Reports revealed two glaciers in Skardu and one each in Nagar, Hussainabad, and Khunwardu was made by the University of Gilgit-Baltistan, Karakoram International University Gilgit, and the WAFA foundation. Four of the 5 glaciers are above the height of 4,000 meters as one is higher than 3,200 meters, and the local residents will receive an uninterrupted water supply during summers.
The United Nations Development Program’s spokesperson Mehvish Bukhari also stated that the glaciers would be checked on a weekly basis. The artificial glaciers can store more than a quarter of a million gallons of water. Kazakistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Nepal, and China are the only other countries to have made artificial glaciers.