New project to protect snow leopards

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A project called Securing Livelihoods, Conservation, Sustainable Use and Restoration of High Range Himalayan Ecosystem (SECURE) was sanctioned by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change.

It will be implemented primarily in the critically endangered snow leopard’s territory across four states, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim in the country. This project will protect snow leopard, its preys and biodiversity of the region. It will also promote sustainable forest management and ensure local participation by providing them with sustainable livelihoods.

Specific regions have been selected for implementing the project. Himachal has more than 100 snow leopards in pockets like Lahaul, Kilaung, Spiti and part of Kinnaur at the height of above was 12000ft.

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