National consultation for feasibility assessment, Itanagar, India


The G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED) North East Unit has organized the national consultation for feasibility assessment of the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (BSLCDI) from 3 January to 4 January, 2014 by in Itanagar. 

The main objectives of the consultation were the delineation of the Landscape in India, review of existing knowledge, practices and challenges in conservation and development issues, and identification of expert institutions and personnel for conservation development of the target landscape. 

The consultation was attended by about 34 experts from research institutions, academic institutions, NGOs and government agencies, actively participating in the technical sessions on the feasibility assessment of the BSL-India.

The eight technical sessions reviewed the available knowledge on socio-economic status, existing biodiversity management and development practices, existing policies, ecosystems and cultural diversity of the landscape, drivers of change, in addition to delineation of the India extent of the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape.

The experts attending the consultation agreed that the GBPIHED as the focal institute would coordinate the process for knowledge sharing of the existing data and information on the target landscape, as well as coordinating with the partners and stakeholders in the Landscape once the initiative is implemented.

Another major agreement was to make Namdapha National Park as the starting point for delineation at the initial phase, from which extending of the landscape delineation could be carried out in the future.

The Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape is one of the seven transboundary landscapes that ICIMOD and its country partners have identified to have tremendous potential for conservation and integrated development through trans-boundary cooperation.