Tibet's Rivers:
Asia's Lifeline

Nearly 2 billion people in Asia are dependent on Tibet’s rivers. Under Chinese occupation, Tibet’s rivers are being polluted, dammed and diverted with dire consequences for those living in the downstream countries.


Tibet, known as Water Tower of Asia, serves as the source of ten major Asian river systems flowing into some of the most densely ­populated countries: China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan.

Tibet’s environment, particularly Tibet’s rivers, is a geostrategic concern for South and Southeast Asia has been raised both at high ­levels of the Indian government as well as in civil society with wide­ range coverage in the media.

Our long-­term vision is to safeguard Tibet’s precious and fragile environment, especially the river systems upon which millions of people in Asia depend.

Save Tibetan Rivers! Safeguard Asia’s water security!

Home to the largest store of fresh water outside the Arctic and Antarctic, Tibet is on the frontline of global climate change and under serious threat from China’s failed policies. Tibet Third Pole has more information about the effects of climate change in Tibet.

Visit tibet3rdpole.org


Here you can find resource materials that you can use for your own actions.

Resource Materials


Sign the Petition to urge Asia’s leaders to jointly call for a Trans-boundary Water Sharing Treaty with China to protect Tibet’s rivers and save Asia’s lifeline.

India - Prime Minister Narendra Modi // Pakistan - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif // Bangladesh - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina // Nepal - Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli // Bhutan - Prime Minister Tshering Topgyal // Vietnam - President Tran Dai Quang // Cambodia - Prime Minister Hun Sen // Laos - President Choummaly Sayasone