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Conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources cannot be effectively achieved without considering landscapes defined by ecosystems.
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Improved transboundary cooperation among member countries demonstrated through regional policies and strategic partnerships leading to the sustenance of mountain ecosystem services and equitable livelihood benefits in the HKH
The HKH harbours a wide range of biodiversity and ecosystems, which provide essential services to its residents, such as water, food, and livelihoods. However, socioeconomic and environmental changes at global and regional scales jeopardize the lives of billions. Transboundary Landscapes presents a unique approach to tackling challenges shared by people across the region.
We visualize the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources at the scale of larger landscapes defined by ecosystems. Guided by the four north–south transects of the HKH and six identified transboundary landscapes (Kailash, Kangchenjunga, Far Eastern Himalaya, Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir, Everest, and Cherrapunjee-Chittagong), we aim to enhance socio-ecological resilience to environmental change.
We adopt the landscape approach across boundaries to manage biodiversity and ecosystems, defining the landscapes by ecosystems rather than administrative boundaries. We seek to bridge peoples of the HKH and their unique histories, cultures, knowledge, environments, and conservation practices.
Transboundary Landscapes implements different initiatives to create united, secure, and thriving landscapes across its member countries in the HKH region.
Highlighting the KSLCDI (India) Newsletter, SANGJU, from our key partner G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment (NIHE), that has a number of stories related to our work on Kailash Sacred Landscape (KSL), Kangchenjunga Landscape (KL), and far-eastern Himalaya (HI-LIFE).
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Read about how our landscape approach is helping the sustainable management of natural resources in the HKH region.
Events around the HKH
Dzongu, a Lepcha reserve, is located within the transition zone of the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, North Sikkim. The Lepcha community residing here holds knowledge of various traditional practices, including the technical use of bamboo in the making of articles for routine requirements. This traditional knowledge can be reinforced further to convert this strength into a viable livelihood opportunity.
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