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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SECURE Himalaya

The project augment Government of India’s efforts for conservation of the snow leopard and its habitat by developing and implementing a landscape-based approach for high-altitude Himalayan ecosystems, and address key issues of habitat degradation, threatened livelihoods and illegal trade in wildlife. Significantly, the project draws upon and strengthens the MoEF&CC’s landscape based conservation approach, the Project Snow Leopard (PSL).

It also contributes to the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection
Program (GSLEP), a joint initiative of 12 range country governments,
international agencies, civil society, and the private sector.


Changthang Plateau in the Upper Indus Landscape in the Biogeographic Province (Eastern Ladakh)

Himachal Pradesh

Lahaul-Pangi landscape in the upper Chandrabhaga (Chenab) and Kinnaur, in the Sutlej catchments.


Gangotri - Govind, in the upper catchments of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna.


Khangchendzonga National Park to the upper catchment of Teesta and the Tso Lhamu plateau.

How is it being implemented?

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

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.

Preventing Wildlife Crime

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

Diversifying Livelihoods

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

Building knowledge

Knowledge, advocacy, communication and information systems established.

Key Information

GEF Contribution

US$ 11.5 M


US$ 60.8 M

Project Start Year


Project End Year


Project Office

UNDP, India

Implementing Partners

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