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Poverty, development, and Himalayan ecosystems

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Sandhu, H. & Sandhu, S. (2015) Poverty, development, and Himalayan ecosystems. Ambio; Vol. 44 (4): 297-307.

The Himalayas are rich in biodiversity but vulnerable to anthropogenic pressures. They are also host to growing number of rural poor who are dependent on forest and ecosystem services for their livelihood. Local and global efforts to integrate poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation in the Himalayas remain elusive so far. In this work, the authors highlight two key impediments in achieving sustainable development in the Himalayas. The authors also highlight positive work of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), a research organisation based in India that seeks to integrate biodiversity concerns with livelihood security. The study examines two examples from the Darjeeling district, India, in Eastern Himalayan region to illustrate how development organisations are failing to simultaneously address poverty and environmental issues. Based on the success of ATREE, the paper proposes a conceptual framework to integrate livelihood generating activities with sustainable and equitable development agenda. The authors recommend developing a Hindu-Kush Himalayan Ecosystem Services Network in the region to formulate a strategy for further action. 

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