Lahaul - Pangi (Himachal Pradesh)

In Himachal Pradesh, the project is being implemented in Lahaul-Pangi landscape, and the Kinnaur landscape has been selected as an additional site for wildlife monitoring, awareness generation and capacity building aspects of the project. It is a cold arid region which is under snow for almost six months of the year.
This unique transitional landscape lies between the Dhauladhar – Pir Panjal and Zanskar ranges, in Himachal Pradesh, in the upper catchment of Chandrabhaga (Chenab) forming a transition zone between the Greater and Trans-Himalaya. It boasts a wealth of medicinal plants, some of which are critically endangered due to their high commercial value leading to collection and trade on a large scale.
The culture of the region is primarily Tibetan and Bhoti, with Tibetan art form more prominent in the art and architecture of the region.

Sites of high conservation value in this region are :

Project Progress : Himachal Pradesh

1. CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY

Constitution and Implementation of Landscape level Committees, Management Strategies and Plans and alliances built with relevant government departments like Animal husbandry, Biodiversity board, Tribal Affairs, Tourism, Special Area Development Authority.
Model Management Plan for Chandratal wetland complex developed and prioritised for site specific conservation action
Management actions for High Conservation Value Areas, including medicinal plant conservation areas, providing essential ecosystem services identified for enhanced protection and conservation of significant biodiversity
Implementation of pilot projects to reduce habitat degradation incuding solid and plastic waste management
State Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan developed and 35 Biodiversity Management Committees constituted to implement the Biological Diversity Act, 2002.
Parataxonomists trained to assist the State Biodiversity Board and Forest Department in wildlife documentation and monitoring.

2. DIVERSIFYING LIVELIHOODS

Craft Cluster based handicraft workshops being organized to develop the capacity of community members, introduce new and innovative designs, products, processes, functional upgradations and market level interventions in the area of handloom and handicrafts.

3. PREVENTING WILDLIFE CRIME

Hotspots and Pathways of Illegal Wildlife Trade identified, enhanced capacity of frontline staff and community based surveillance strengthened for prevention of illegal trade and human wildlife conflict.

4. Building knowledge

SECURE Magazine developed to easily communicate findings of various assignments and studies to citizens, launched by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh in the State Wildlife Board meeting in June 2020.

Stories From the Region

Chasak Bhatori

Overexploitation of natural resources is one of the primary challenges in fragile ecosystems such as that of the Lahaul-Pangi region. This is the story of the women of the region who stood up to protect nature and stop indiscriminate felling of trees.

Gallery

Snapshots that bring you up close with the natural and
human life of the Trans and Greater Himalayas
The Himachal Pradesh Forest Department is the nodal agency for implementation of the project in the state focusing on Lahaul-Pangi and Kinnaur landscapes

Key Findings from the landscape

BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN (BSAP) FOR HIMACHAL PRADESH

This publication has been developed by the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, under the assignment, Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) for Himachal Pradesh and the Resource Mobilisation Strategy for Implementing the BSAP with Special Focus on Lahaul-Pangi and Kinnaur Landscapes in Himachal Pradesh under the GEF-GoI-UNDP SECURE Himalaya Project. Download  »

Chandertal - An Integrated Management Plan

Chandertal is a crescent-moon shaped distal high-altitude wetland of the Chandra-Bhaga glacier system. Perched at 4,300 m amsl elevation in the upper catchment of River Chandra and spanning 46 ha, the wetland is frozen for nearly 4 months, from December to March.Download  »

Report Human Wildlife Conflict Management Strategy in Pangi, Lahaul and Kinnaur Landscapes, Himachal Pradesh

The Himalayan region has a history of people and wildlife sharing space. The pastoralism in the region dates backs to at least three millennia and likely involved low intensity grazing with low livestock numbers and stocking densities to meet the sustenance needs of local communities.Download  »