In Ladakh, the project is being implemented in Changthang landscape which also includes Rong valley and the Gya-Meru region. Sites of high conservation value in this region are wetlands which include Tsokar Wetland Complex (Ramsar site), Startsa phuk Tso, Tso Moriri (Ramsar Site), Pangong Tso, Yaya Tso, Chushul & Hanle Marshes and the Indus River System. There is one protected area in the region called the Changthang cold desert wildlife sanctuary. The local communities residing in the region are Changpas, who are traditionally nomadic pastoral and agro-pastoral communities. They grow barley and vegetables in a short growing season. The primary occupation is the rearing of pashmina goats (changra), sheep (changluk) and yak for their wool and animal products, along with catering to the tourism industry.
Project Progress : Ladakh
1. CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY
Successful designation of the identified High Conservation Value Area of Tso Kar Wetland Complex as the 42nd Ramsar site in India.
Integrated Management Plan prepared for the Key Biodiversity Area of Hanle Marshes, which enables effective long-term conservation and resource mobilization for the site.
Wetland Health Cards and Wetland Brief Documents prepared for 23 High-altitude Wetlands of Changthang landscape, thereby generating invaluable data on the health of high-altitude wetlands and enabling effective planning for their conservation.
Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas identified
Baseline scores established for strengthening Protected Area Management
Participatory Biodiversity Survey conducted in Changthang landscape of Ladakh with 17 frontline staff officials of Department of Wildlife Protection, Union Territory of Ladakh, and 43 community members (more than 50% were women) to assess the presence of important wildlife and bird ringing in the landscape.
Support provided to Ladakh Biodiversity Council to implement the Biological Diversity Act, 2002. This includes constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees, Developing PBRs, Identifying BHSs and preparing the Ladakh SBSAP.
Snow leopard rescue centre and genetic lab established for rescue, rehabilitation and conduct scientific research on snow leopards and associated species.
2. DIVERSIFYING LIVELIHOODS
Nature Based solutions and livelihood models identified in consultation with local communities
3. PREVENTING WILDLIFE CRIME
4. Building knowledge
Conserving Snow Leopard Habitats in Himachal
Harvesting Nature’s Medicine
human life of the Trans and Greater Himalayas