Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Local-Population-in-Afghanistan-27MZIFL2Y61X.htmlConceptually similarLocal Population in AfghanistanGP01X3DCompleted★★★★Collecting Food Aid in AfghanistanGP01X3ECompleted★★★★Local Population in AfghanistanGP01X3NCompleted★★★★Children in AfghanistanGP01X3OCompleted★★★★Farmer in AfghanistanGP01X3LCompleted★★★★Floods in AfghanistanGP01X59Completed★★★★Child in AfghanistanGP01X3ICompleted★★★★Drought in AfghanistanGP01X3GCompleted★★★★Burial Ground in AfghanistanGP01X3HCompleted★★★★View AllGP01X3JLocal Population in AfghanistanMen are crossing the Kokcha river on a makeshift raft to leave the area in search of food for their families during a severe drought. Left behind in the villages were mainly the elderly, the women and children. Climate change is causing erosion and a collapse of the fragile livelihoods for the majority of rural Afghans.Locations:Afghanistan-Asia-Shahr-e BozorgDate:1 Jun, 2001Credit:© Robert Knoth / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5500px X 3618pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Day-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-Outdoors-Poverty-RiversShoot:Climate Voices from AfghanistanPhotographer Robert Knoth and writer Antoinette de Jong traveled on horseback for weeks around the remote areas of northern Afghanistan where the population was suffering from a severe drought. Climate change and overpopulation are causing erosion and a collapse of the fragile livelihoods for the majority of rural Afghans. The overgrazing and overpopulation are depleting meadows and agricultural lands, making these ever more vulnerable to the changing climate and increasingly extreme weather in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas mountain range. The Hindu Kush-Himalayas serves as water towers tot 1.3 billion people who depend on the glaciers to sustain their ecosystems and as a source of freshwater. The UNEP/World Glacier Monitoring Service estimated that the glacier area in northern Afghanistan decreased by more than 50 percent over the 20th century.