Green Hi­malayas: Project to help Ladakh fight warm­ing

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Days af­ter the UN IPCC’s alarm­ing re­port on vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the en­tire Hindu Kush re­gion due to cli­mate change, a group of NGOs — backed by head of the Drikung Kagyu or­der of Ti­betan Bud­dhism Chet­sang Rin­poche, cor­po­rate houses and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties — on Sun­day launched an am­bi­tious project to make Ladakh ready to face the chal­lenge of global warm­ing through mul­ti­ple adap­ta­tion mea­sures.

Launched in pres­ence of Ladakh MP Jamyang Tser­ing Nam­gyal, the project, called Green Hi­malayas, is aimed at re­ju­ve­nat­ing frag­ile ecosys­tems by cre­at­ing a green cover in the Hi­malayan foothills and cre­ate a model site at Pho­brang in Ladakh.

The site, cov­er­ing 250 acres, will be de­vel­oped in a sus­tain­able man­ner which can open eco­nomic av­enues for youth, women and larger com­mu­nity. It will be based on the con­cept of cre­at­ing a self­sus­tain­ing ecosys­tem where en­ergy de­mand will be met by re­new­able sources.

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