Friday 05 January 2018Lok Sabha
The Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change has launched the Government of India - United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility (GoI-UNDP-GEF) Project "Securing livelihoods, conservation, sustainable use, and restoration of high range Himalayan ecosystems (SECURE)" in association with UNDP on October 2, 2017. The project is implemented through the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, in partnership with the Governments of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim.
The project is for 7 years with the outlay of USD 11,544,192 as GEF grant and co-financing of USD 59,820,000 from the Government of India, and USD 100,000 from UNDP.
The aim of the project is to implement a matrix of best conservation practices of high-range Himalayan ecosystem and protection of the endangered species of flora and fauna and the high-altitude ecosystem. The four objectives of the project include:
improved management of high-range Himalayan landscapes for conservation of snow leopard and other endangered species, and their habitats and sustaining ecosystem services;
improved and diversified livelihood strategies, and improved capacities of community and government institutions for sustainable natural resource management and conservation;
enhanced enforcement, monitoring, and cooperation to reduce wildlife crime and related threats; and
lessons learned by the project through participatory monitoring and evaluation, including gender mainstreaming practices, are used to fight poaching and IWT and promote community-based conservation at the national and international levels.