Khangchendzonga - Upper Teesta Valley, North and West Districts (Sikkim)

In Sikkim, the SECURE Himalaya project is being implemented in the Khangchendzonga – Upper Teesta Landscape. The landscape, covering approximatively 4000 km2, extends from the Khangchendzonga National Park and Biosphere Reserve in the north and western parts to the upper catchment of the Teesta river, including the unique bio-geographic region of the Tso Lhamo plateau in the northernmost parts of the state. Sites of high conservation value in the landscape include rich alpine habitats (Lhonak Valley and Green Lake area), Tso Lhamu Plateau and Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. The landscapes also includes ecologically rich wetlands like the Gurudongmar wetland complex, which supports several species of migratory and resident wildlife and is revered by local communities for the legends and traditions associated with it.

Project Progress : Sikkim

1. CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY

State Level Project Management Committee formed under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of Forest and Environment, Science & Technology Departments, Government of Sikkim with representation of Line Departments to guide implementation of the project.
To implement landscape-based approach in conservation, Landscape Level Project Management Committee constituted under District Administration with representation of Line Departments. The committee is facilitating convergence of schemes and programmes for implementation of project interventions.
Implementation strategies and plans developed for conservation and sustainable management of Medicinal Plants, biodiversity rich areas such as Wetlands, and Biodiversity Heritage Sites for participatory conservation and management.
First ever Management Framework developed for High Altitude Wetlands to enhance community participation for sound management of tourism, waste, and feral dogs.
Areas of High Conservation Value based on the presence of rare, endangered biodiversity and critical habitats, sacred sites and life sustaining services identified, and management plans prepared for implementation in convergence with line departments.
State biodiversity Action Plan for Sikkim updated and drafted for mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in all relevant sectors. 20 Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) formed for implementation of Biological Diversity Act, 2002.

2. DIVERSIFYING LIVELIHOODS

To reduce people’s dependence on natural resources and women’s drudgery, value addition of natural fiber-based handlooms and handicrafts has been initiated through capacity building, technological support, and market linkages to BMCs.

3. PREVENTING WILDLIFE CRIME

To reduce people’s dependence on natural resources and women’s drudgery, value addition of natural fiber-based handlooms and handicrafts has been initiated through capacity building, technological support, and market linkages to BMCs.
Innovative measures to reduce Human Wildlife Conflict piloted (Mass awareness campaigns, Solar fencing, animal deterrents) in critically affected areas of the landscape.
Vaccination and sterilization carried out for 160 dogs in North Sikkim in collaboration with Animal Husbandry Department & WWF-India to control population of free-ranging dogs for reducing depredation on wildlife and domestic livestock.

4. Building knowledge

Greening traditional practices in project landscapes through festivals like Pang Lhabsol by replacing plastic packaged foods and cutlery with locally produced organic products.

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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