Why this project?

The project’s incremental value lies in promoting the sustainable management of alpine pastures and forests in the high range Himalayan ecosystems to secure conservation of globally significant wildlife. By expanding the conservation approach not only through the inclusion of the endangered snow leopard and its habitat, but by also ensuring sustainable livelihoods and socio-economic benefits for communities in select landscapes in the Trans- and Greater Himalayan region (that consists of alpine pastures, sub-alpine forests and critical watersheds), SECURE Himalaya aims to secure the unique ecosystems of high-altitude Himalaya that have been given relatively less emphasis over the years. The project was thus established to complement PSL and achieve the Government of India's national and international commitments toward snow leopard conservation through National Snow Leopard Ecosystem Priority Protection (NSLEP) and Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Priority Protection (GSLEP).

A landscape based approach

Due to the unique nature of the high-Himalayan region, the continuum of habitat and the complex and pervasive human-wildlife interface that exists there, traditional protected area centric approach in itself isn’t sufficient. As a consequence, the need arose to reinvent a way of conserving the high-Himalayan region. This was done by adopting a landscape-based strategy that took into account various selected regions from four states and Union Territories all the while recognizing the need of participative planning at scale and conservation with the support of the stakeholders, that include the local communities and government agencies active in the regions.

Who is involved?

The project is anchored in the Forest and Wildlife Division of the State Forest Department. Some of the key stakeholders in the project include government line departments like Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Rural Development, Tourism, Education, Local Administration, Handloom and Handcraft department, State Medicinal Plant Board, Biodiversity Board, Ecotourism society, Defence/Paramilitary, Revenue and custom, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Research and academic institutions, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Community institutions (Self Help Groups, Van Panchayats, Biodiversity Management Committees), Religious institutions (monasteries) Media, Civil Society Organizations and Cooperatives.

How is it being implemented?

The project aims at implementation of four
inter-related and mutually complementary

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Conserving Biodiversity

Conservation of key biodiversity areas and their effective management to secure long-term ecosystem resilience, habitat connectivity and conservation of snow leopard and other endangered species and their habitats.

Diversifying Livelihoods

Securing sustainable community livelihoods and natural resource management in high range Himalayan ecosystems.

Preventing Wildlife Crime

Enhancing enforcement, monitoring and cooperation to reduce wildlife crime and related threats.

Building Knowledge

Knowledge, advocacy, communication and information systems established.


GEF Contribution: US$ 11.5 million
Co-financing: US$ 60.8 million

Implementing partners

Ministry of Environment, Forest an Climate Change, Union Territory Administration of Ladakh and State Governments of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim

Project Start Year - 2017

Estimated End Year: 2024

Focus Area: Conservation, sustainable livelihoods, curbing illegal trade in wildlife and knowledge management.

Project office: UNDP in India

Implementing partner: Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India; Union Territory Administration of Ladakh, State Governments of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.

The SECURE Himalaya Project

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India along with UNDP is implementing SECURE Himalaya, a GEF funded project in the Union Territory Administration of Ladakh and states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.

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