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Rivers represent vital lifelines throughout the world. They support the people, flora, and fauna along their paths and provide a means of transportation and connection that allow people to share goods, services, and knowledge. These rivers often have historical, cultural and spiritual significance. Yet at the same time, these rivers struggle to survive, partly because of the tension between economic development and environmental protection.

River health has direct and indirect impacts on the health of the people and the environment. The Environment and Society Study Abroad Program is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of pollution, biology, sustainable development, health, and the cultural significance of the two river systems --the Bagmati River and the Rio Grande.

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About the Program

Summer 2010 Program Outline (posponed until 2011)

Bagmati Valley Field Trip Calendar 2010


Download Program Brochure in PDF

Suggested Reading for Summer Program

Photos: International Studies Fair at UNM, Sept. 11, 2008

Scholarship: Regents' International Study Grant (Deadline Oct. 15th and March 1st)

Got sustainable technology project ideas to help the poor and the vulnerables? Click here for examples of
sustainable living challenges.
Basia Irland
Professor Basia Irland
Department of Art & Art History

(On exploration of the Bagmati: April 3- April 18, 2008)
Southwest vs Kathmandu/Nepal
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