Project SECURE Himalayas

Project SECURE Himalayas

  • SECURE stands for- Securing Livelihoods, Conservation, Sustainable use and Restoration of High Range Himalayan ecosystems.
  • Financed by the Global Environment Facility, this project works together with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to reduce dependence on the delicately-balanced ecosystems and reduce human-wildlife conflicts.
  • To achieve this, the project is working to enhance existing income options, identify and develop new livelihood opportunities and support skill-based employment.
  • The six-year project has been launched to conserve the local and globally significant biodiversity, land and forest resources.
  • The project will cover the high Himalayan ecosystem, spread over four states.
  • Protection of snow leopard and other endangered species and their habitats is one of the key components of the project.
  • The project is meant for specific landscapes and includes:
  1. Changthang (Jammu and Kasmir)
  2. Lahaul-Pangi and Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh)
  3. Gangotri-Govind and Darma-Byans Valley in Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand)
  4. Kanchenjunga-Upper Teesta Valley (Sikkim)
  • Enhanced enforcement efforts and monitoring under the project is also expected to curb illegal trade in some medicinal and aromatic plants which are among the most threatened species in these landscapes.

 

National Wildlife Action Plan

  • The minister on the occasion also released the country’s National Wildlife Action Plan for the period 2017-2031.
  • The plan focuses on preservation of genetic diversity and sustainable development through 103 wildlife conservation actions and 250 projects.
  • Key focus areas of National Plan are:
  1. Strengthening and improving protected area network
  2. Landscape level approach for wildlife conservation
  3. Control of poaching and illegal trade in wildlife
  4. Mitigation of human wildlife conflicts
  5. Management of tourism in wildlife areas

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