Securing livelihoods, conservation, sustainable use and restoration of high range Himalayan ecosystems

The SECURE Himalaya project is a part of “Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development” (Global Wildlife Program) funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).The project promotes sustainable management of alpine pastures and forests in the high range Himalayan ecosystems to secure conservation of globally significant wildlife, including endangered snow leopard and their habitats to ensure sustainable livelihoods and socio-economic benefits for communities in the selected high altitude landscapes in the Trans- and Greater Himalayan regions. It 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.

Project Document attached: [English version] [Hindi version ]

Project Key Intervention:

Assessment of COVID-19 impact in Govind-Gangotri Landscape

  • Situation Analysis of Impact of COVID-19 on SECURE Himalaya Landscape- 2020[English version]
  • Situation Analysis of Impact of COVID-19 on SECURE Himalaya Landscape- 2021[English version]

Studies & assignments implementing in Gangotri-Govind landscape:

S.No. Studies & Implementing assignments in Gangotri-Govind landscape
1 Preparation of land use maps, vegetation cover; and biodiversity status report of landscapes.
2 Prepare participatory integrated landscape level management strategy and plans by defining extent of landscape.
3 Undertaking a study to define the extent and intensity of habitat degradation, to identify the drivers of degradation and develop a mitigation plan in alpine and sub alpine areas.
4 Identifying, assessing, delineating and mapping area with High Conservation Values (HCVs) and developing management recommendations/plans for them in SECURE Himalaya Project landscapes in selected districts of Uttarakhand
5 Developing a model conservation planning framework for high altitude wetlands-case studies.
6 Assessment of capacities and training needs of key government staff, community members/institutions and other relevant stakeholders for long-term effective biodiversity conservation, development and implementation of a capacity building framework to enhance capacities of key stakeholders in SECURE Himalaya Project landscapes in selected districts of Uttarakhand
7 Updating/Developing the State Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization Strategies for implementing the SBSAPs under GoI-Gef-UNDP SECURE Himalaya project in Uttarakhand
8 Development of Participatory Monitoring Protocols for Snow Leopards, associated species, and habitats in Uttarakhand.
9 Constitution and Strengthening of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs), Biodiversity Heritage Sites (BHSs) & BHS Management Committees (BHSMCs) and Involving Local People in Habitat Restoration Works for Entrenching Community’s State in Conservation of Snow Leopard and Its High Range Habitat in Uttarakhand.
10 Legal literacy & capacity building training of CBO & frontline staff
11 Identification, demonstration and implementation of climate smart and energy efficient solutions to reduce stress on natural ecosystems in selected project landscapes of SECURE Himalaya Project in Uttarakhand
12 Assessment of economic valuation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BDES)
13 Conducting a Baseline study on the State of Financial Inclusion and provide detailed recommendations towards improving the same in SECURE Himalaya project Landscape.
14 Planning and Implementation of Livelihood Activities through Value Chain Analysis, Piloting of Livelihood Sub-Projects, Product Development and Marketing
15 Detailed Assessment of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant species including their collection, usage, demand, markets, price trends and life cycle, focusing on SECURE Himalaya Landscape.
16 Conducting a Baseline Study on existing impact of tourism activities and provide detailed recommendations for sustainable tourism activities with special focus on Nature Based and Adventure Tourism
17 Himalayan Nettle Fiber Processing and Standardization.
18 Skill Development in Para taxonomy for Local Communities of Gangotri-Govind, Uttarakhand.
19 Strengthening wildlife enforcement mechanism and mitigation of wildlife crime and illegal trade in wildlife in SECURE Himalaya Project Landscapes.
20 Designing a comprehensive human-wildlife-conflict (HWC) management strategy in select districts/landscapes of Uttarakhand
21 Development a solid waste management through capacity building & establishment of monitoring system
22 Good for construction drawing –Snow leopard conservation centre
23 Nature cum tourism interpretation centre
24 Developing unique ecotourism model for Generating alternative economic means in Gangotri landscape
25 Developing unique ecotourism model for Generating alternative economic means in Govind landscape
26 Enhancement of capacity of the key stakeholder on traditional art craft
27 Promoting organic apple farming in Harsil region
28 Training of  local youth of Gangotri-Govind landscape in Para-vet
29 Piloting HWC mitigation strategies at select sites within the SECURE Himalaya Landscapes of Uttarakhand through participatory approaches

Publications / Awareness:

Quarterly Newsletter

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