The project aims to support the Government of India and State Governments to effectively promote sustainable land and forest management in alpine pastures and forests in high range Indian Himalayan ecosystems that secure sustainable livelihoods and ensures conservation of globally significant biodiversity and threatened species. It will engineer a paradigm shift from the current approach of conservation to demonstrate a new approach of landscape – based conservation. This is an integrated approach, which focuses on working with various sectors and partners in areas within and outside protected areas, to effectively reduce threats to biodiversity of local, national and global significance. The project will build on the existing socio-economic development efforts in the region, for evolving innovative and participatory models for sustainable use of natural resources. It aims to achieve the objective of conservation by engaging local communities and collaborating with government and non-government agencies for conservation and promotion of sustainable resource use and livelihood.The main objectives of the proposed assignment are:
- To develop an understanding of the issues related to pastureland specifically in the context of degradation.
- To identify the areas of intensive degradation which have the potential of impacting the habitat characteristics of the landscapes.
- To prescribe interventions for eco-restoration
Project duration: December 2018 – June 2022