2016 Laureate, EnvironmentLadakh, Born 1966
Gravity pressure forces water up through a pipe to form ice stupas that store water for the crop-growing season.
Photo: ©Sonam Wangchuk
In late spring, the melting ice stupa provides water for crops.
Laureate Sonam Wangchuk uses natural materials like bushes to start ice formation.
Photo: ©Rolex/Stefan Walter
Laureate Sonam Wangchuk at 4,000 m in Ladakh, an area that suffers water shortages.
A tree plantation receiving water from ice stupas.
Sonam Wangchuk and a colleague create a drip irrigation network to use water from ice stupas.
A traditional stone stupa in the Phyang valley in Ladakh.
Sonam Wangchuk shows building plans to monks and colleagues at the planned site for a university.
An experiment in desert tree plantation at the SECMOL Alternative School.
Phyang monastery in Ladakh.
An irrigated valley in Lamaruyu, Ladakh, often called the moonland due to its barrenness.
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