Changthang (Ladakh)

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

Areas of High conservation value identified in Tso Kar, Chushul and Hanle Marshes and Tso Moriri in Changthang landscape.

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

Major hotspots and trade routes for hunting identified including 10 Species (animals and plants) that are hunted/ poached and traded.
Bio-digester plant established in ITBP Camp for management of solid waste and control of feral dog population
Training, capacity building and exposure visits made for frontline staff for rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals, dealing with cases of illegal trade in wildlife and development of community based eco -tourism initiatives.
First of its kind Organic waste composter estabilished in collaboration with Indian Army at Chushul.
26 Predator proof corrals developed across villages in project landscape to reduce incidences of human-wildlife conflict.

4. Building knowledge

Innovative 360-degree films developed in Changthang landscape including first ever 360 -degree footage of snow leopards.
Nature education and outreach programmes conducted to identify traditional conservation based practices and increase participation and awareness amongst youth in Changthang.

Conserving Snow Leopard Habitats in Himachal

Harvesting Nature’s Medicine

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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 implementing the SECURE Himalaya project in the primary landscape of Lahaul and Pangi and also monitoring and surveying in Kinnaur, which is a complementory site.

Key Findings from the landscape

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