• Country outline
  • Basin
  • Sub-basin
  • Glacial lakes 2015
  • Glacial lakes 2010
  • Glacial lakes 2000
  • Glacial lakes 1990
  • Glaciers 2015
  • Glaciers 2010
  • Glaciers 2000
  • Glaciers 1990


The National Water Affairs Regulation Authority (NWARA) and ICIMOD worked together to develop information on glaciers and glacial lakes in Afghanistan through ICIMOD’s SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative. Afghanistan’s glacier dataset (1990–2015) was released in 2018. The General Directorate of Water Resources of NWARA and ICIMOD then prepared datasets on glacial lakes in Afghanistan (1990–2015). This is a first-of-its-kind dataset on the distribution of glacial lakes in Afghanistan and observed changes since the 1990s that covers the whole of Afghanistan using consistent data sources and methods. ICIMOD developed the Glacial lakes in Afghanistan application that provides an interactive visualization of the database on glacial lakes online. The interactive maps for glacial lakes were prepared for 1990, 2000, 2010, and 2015 using a uniform data set and methodology, which provide a scientific basis for understanding the changes taking place in the glacial environment in Afghanistan.