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Singalila Bio-conservation project
Singalila Bio-conservation project
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singalila national park, darjeeling hills, west bengal, IN
+91 354 2255894
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Singalila Bio-conservation project

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Project Summary

Bio-conservation project to minimize 5 villages impacts in remote Himalayan bio-corridor. teaching permaculture and participatory planning we empower the villagers to improve their qiality of life while reducing their environmental impacts.

Project Description

In 2007 DLR Prerna was awarded a grant by the Critical Ecosystem Protection Fund (CEPF) to work with five forest villages in the Singalila range located along the Nepal/India border.  These villages are located in an identified Bio-corridor linking Mt Kangchenjuga (third tallest peak in world) Bio-reserve with the plains of India.  This critical corridor, which allows migration between these two related ecosystems, is located in an United Nations recognized bio-diversity hotspot and is habitat for several threatened and endangered species including the Red Panda and Cloud Leopard.

DLR Prerna, the people of the villages, and myself are working together to create a system by which these communities can live in a way that not only minimizes any negative impacts, but ultimately strives for mutually beneficial relationships for both the critical habitat and the human population living within the corridor.  The explicit intent of CEPF is bio-conservation of critical and threatened species and habitat

This project includes trainings in participatory planning, organic agriculture, and permaculture.  Progressive farmers have been chosen by each village to learn and apply these new strategies and techniques.  Once the farmers have a deeper understanding of these they will become the trainers for the other farmers. 

This is an ongoing project that DLR Prerna is continuing to seek funding for. Currently (latter 2011) work is being done to reduce the human wildlife conflict that is a major challenge of living in this remote area.


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