The local communities residing in the region are Changpas, who are traditionally nomadic pastoral and agro-pastoral communities. Their primary occupation is the rearing of pashmina goats (also known as ‘changra’), sheep (changluk) and yak for their wool and animal products. They grow barley and vegetables in a short growing season, as well as cater to the tourism industry.
Sites of high conservation value in this region are :
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.
Support provided to Ladakh Biodiversity Council to implement the Biological Diversity Act, 2002. This includes the constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees, Developing PBRs, Identifying BHSs and preparing the Ladakh SBSAP.
Areas of High conservation value identified in Tso Kar, Chushul and Hanle Marshes and Tso Moriri in Changthang landscape.
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
Integrated Management Plan prepared for the Key Biodiversity Area of Hanle Marshes, which enables effective long-term conservation and resource mobilization for the site.
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
2. DIVERSIFYING LIVELIHOODS
3. PREVENTING WILDLIFE CRIME
4. Building knowledge
Stories From the Region
human life of the Trans and Greater Himalayas