Promote transboundary biodiversity management, adopting the Convention on Biological Diversity ecosystem approach.
TBM Phase I (1 April 2002 – 31 March 2005) focused on developing a multidisciplinary team within ICIMOD and building consensus among the stakeholders to promote transboundary biodiversity management, adopting the Convention on Biological Diversity ecosystem approach.
The project successfully introduced and implemented the concept of conservation corridors linking the isolated protected areas in the Kangchenjunga Landscape. Series of national and regional level consultations were held to consolidate ideas and information related to the development of conservation corridors and action-oriented management plans.
1. To develop participatory biodiversity conservation plans for corridors connecting protected areas and adjoining areas of the Kangchnejunga landscapes in the Eastern Himalayas through participatory approaches by countries sharing the area
2. To develop and promote conservation-linked livelihood options based on biodiversity, including ecotourism, in the proposed corridors of the Kangchenjunga Landscape to provide better incomes to local people as an incentive for their action towards conservation
3. To develop and promote strategic policy frameworks in line with national and international conventions for participatory biodiversity management of the Kangchenjunga Landscape, and to incorporate them in the plans of participating regional member countries (Bhutan, India, Nepal)
4. To improved understanding of transboundary biodiversity conservation issues and establish a cohesive network among the three participating countries, and to solicit complementary action by countries sharing the landscape