A bird survey cum training programme on bird ringing and monitoring in Ladakh was organised by Department of Wildlife Protection, Leh along with the United Nations Development Programme from the July 15 to 23 in Leh.
The survey was a part of the SECURE Himalaya Project. The GEF funded SECURE Himalaya project was initiated by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India along with UNDP.
The main objective behind the programme was to disseminate knowledge on modern techniques of monitoring, ringing and surveying avifauna to the local wildlife staff and youth, in order to facilitate better data collection and implementation of key conservation measures for effective management of protected areas.
The nine-day long program consisted of introductory sessions, orientation and theoretical training for the trainees spanning the first three days, followed by extensive field-based engagements and application of classroom sessions in select biodiversity hotspots throughout the project landscape such as in TsoKar basin, Puga and Hanle marshes.
The survey cum training programme was undertaken by a team of experts from Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).
The training programme consisted of a total of 28 participants including state wildlife guards, foresters, college students, personnel from local NGO’s and UNDP.