Securing livelihoods, Conservation, Sustainable Use and Restoration of high range Himalayan Ecosystems (SECURE) Himalayas

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Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From December 5, 2017 to December 5, 2024

Project ID: 3298

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming biodiversity
  • Strengthening conservation areas


  • Wildlife conservation


  • Conserved areas
  • Forests


  • Terrestrial protected areas
  • Key biodiversity areas (KBAs)
  • Montane forests

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Governance
  • Capacity building
  • Technology innovation


  • Participatory governance models
  • Institutional framework
  • Partnerships
  • Awareness raising
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Community capacity building
  • Innovations in techniques/ approaches

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women decision making

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 15.4 Conserve mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity
  • 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Conventions and protocols

  • the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Private sector(s)


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About this project


This project aims to promote biodiversity conservation and the welfare of the indigenous people in Himalayan high altitudes in many states including Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Sikkim, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh. This is to be achieved by (i) generating scientific knowledge of ecology and society across the Indian high altitudes, (ii) striking partnerships with the local communities to design and implement local biodiversity conservation initiatives, including mitigation strategies for human-wildlife conflicts, (iii) promoting capacity-development amongst local communities, the state forest departments, and young conservationists, to monitor and conserve high altitude biodiversity, (iv) work with the Government, NGOs and other partners to develop and implement a scientifically well informed, and socially responsible ÔÇÿProject Snow LeopardÔÇÖ, and (vi) spread awareness of IndiaÔÇÖs high altitude biodiversity at local and national levels through conservation education.The Nature Conservation Foundation (Indian NGO based in Mysore) in partnership with the International Snow Leopard Trust (International NGO based in Seattle), and the concerned state governments are likely to implement this project.


To promote the sustainable management of alpine pastures and forests in the high range Himalayan ecosystems that secures conservation of globally significant wildlife, including endangered snow leopard and their habitats, ensure sustainable livelihoods and community socio-economic benefits.

USD $11,739,192

Grant amount

USD $60,820,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($11,739,192)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of India

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Securing livelihoods, Conservation, Sustainable Use and Restoration of high range Himalayan Ecosystems (SECURE) Himalayas