Gangotri-Govind and Darma-Byans (Uttarakhand)

In Uttarakhand, the project is being implemented in two landscapes Gangotri – Govind and Darma – Byans. Sites of high conservation value in these landscapes include biologically rich and picturesque alpine meadows like Kyarki Bugyal, Kedarkantha and Hanuman Ganga; sacred groves and forests in Chipla Kedar and Bhojwasa. There a re three Protected Areas (PAs) in the two project landscapes – Gangotri National Park and Govind National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary in Gangotri-Govind landscape and Askot Wildlife Sanctuary in the Darma-Byans landscape.

Project Progress : Uttarakhand

1. CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY

Landscape level Coordination Committee established in Uttarakhand to ensure implementation of the Landscape level strategy and plan and effective coordination amongst relevant departments at landscape level
Implementation strategies and plans developed for Areas of High Conservation Value, including Biodiversity Heritage Sites, Wetlands, Community Reserves, Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas and areas prone to Habitat Degradation
Baseline score established for tracking Management Effectiveness of Govind Pashu Vihar & Gangotri National Park.
29 Biodiversity Management Committees constituted to strengthen community level institutions

2. DIVERSIFYING LIVELIHOODS

For diversification of livelihoods and enhanced incomes of communities, livelihood strategy and micro plans developed including facilitation of Geographical Indication for six products, viz. Bagori wool, Bhotia dan, Purola rice, Harsil apple and rajma, Jhoola.

3. PREVENTING WILDLIFE CRIME

To combat illegal trade in wildlife, species, major hotspots and trade routes identified and trainings conducted with frontline staff and enforcement agencies, led by WCCB.
Technology interventions undertaken by establishing Wildlife Crime Database Centre, Management Information System, Infra-red based animal detection devices installed and Anti-poaching cells strengthened with security equipment.

4. Building knowledge

Training and capacity building imparted to local communities and youth on Snow leopard Population Estimation and Monitoring, Para-Taxonomy, legal literacy, community radio and video documentation and mountaineering for enhanced participation in conservation action.

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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