Union Territory of Ladakh gets Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar approved the proposal of New Regional Centre of the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development at Ladakh.

Objectives

  • To promote alternative and innovative livelihoods for climate change vulnerable cold-desert communities
  • To strengthen and establish the solutions and approaches towards addressing water scarcity.
  • To facilitate conservation of important cold desert habitats and biodiversity
  • To foster climate smart communities in the Himalayan landscape

About the Institute

The GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development has its headquarters located at Kosi-Katarmal, Uttarkhand. The regional Centres of the institute are located in

  • Kullu-to cover the Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh regions
  • Srinagar-To cover Uttarkhand region
  • Gangtok-To cover Sikkim and West Bengal hills
  • Itanagar-to cover North Eastern Region

The institute caters to environment management, policies for sustainable development of communities and conservation of natural resources in the Indian Himalayan Region.

Significance

The Trans Himalayan landscape lies above 3,000 Mean Sea Level and is characterized by extreme cold climate. It has very sparse vegetation. The annual rainfall in these regions is 9-10 cm with more than 300 sunny days.

The Institute helps in understanding the landscape and its components in a better way. This will aid in developing strategies and implementation plans for addressing the issued of environmental conservation and sustainable development.

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