Himalayan Glacier Waterkeeper


Dechan Yangdol
[email protected]
(646) 504.3238



Coined as the “Third Pole” of the earth, the Himalayas are home to the largest field of glaciers outside of the polar caps. Himalayan glaciers provide a water source for almost half of the world population. Encompassing territories in China, Bhutan, Nepal and India, the region has lacked a strong steward and sufficient trans-border resources to ensure the health and safety of its glaciers and waterways. Locally, the Himalayan Glacier watershed is threatened by plastic waste, climate change, and deforestation.

Padma Tashi is the Himalayan Glacier Waterkeeper, and President of its parent organization, the Young Drukpa Association.  A native of Leh, Ladakh, Padma’s commitment to environmental and community protection began in 1996 when he established Rural Development and You, a non-profit organization focused on environmentally friendly capacity building of the rural community.  Padma is leading watershed protection efforts in Ladakh.  With His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa and his non-profit, Live to Love, Padma has helped lead two Guinness World Record tree planting events involving almost ten thousand community members - to mitigate and adapt to local flooding disasters due to climate change.  Plus, as local streams and rivers are drying up due to receding glaciers, Padma is leading efforts to ensure safe water supply for communities.  Padma has Bachelors in Social Work from Indira Gandhi National Open University in Ladakh.  Padma is working to protect the environment and culture of Ladakh for future generations, including his two young children. 


Hemis Complex, Zangsti
Leh, Ladakh 194101