India, Nepal and China have launched a major cross-border project for conservation and sustainable development of the Greater Mt Kailash region. The project is being under the guidance of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
The project is titled 'Mount Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation Initiative: Developing a Transboundary Framework for Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Greater Mt Kailash Region of Nepal, India and China'.
"This is a first of its kind trans-boundary project in the region. It is hoped that this would set the tone for more transboundary collaborations between countries in the region on science, culture and capacity building in the Greater Himalayan region. I commend the institutions involved and look forward to the results of the project," minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh said.
ICIMOD is organising a workshop at the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED) in Almora, Uttarakhand on 11-13 April, to facilitate development of compatibility of approaches in information generation and analysis and use of standard protocols for the project, a government release said.
The project, being implemented in collaboration with UNEP and other partners, proposes to engage regional, national, local partners and other stakeholders in India, Nepal, and China, in attempting to establish a transboundary cultural and biodiversity conservation landscape - the Mt Kailash Sacred Landscape (KSL) - in its first phase, which will run for 18 months.
From the Indian side, the G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (Lead Institute), Wildlife Institute of India (Partner Institute) and Forest Department of Uttarakhand (Partner Organisation) will actively participate in the project activities in the target landscape in the Indian part.