2 Sep : The studies carried out by Geological Survey of India indicate that the majority of Himalayan glaciers are passing through a phase of recession which is a worldwide phenomenon. Recession of glaciers is a part of the natural cyclic process of changes in size and other attributes of the glaciers.
The National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) was launched in June 2008 which includes, among others, the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Eco-system. This Mission is aimed at understanding whether and the extent to which the Himalayan glaciers are in recession and how the problem could be addressed. A new research centre on Himalayan Glaciology has been established at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun. Government has also prepared guidelines and best practices for sustaining Himalayan eco-system and has shared it with all State Governments in the Himalayan region.