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Yaya Tso Lake, Ladakh’s First Biodiversity Heritage Site

  • Yaya Tso Lake was recently designated as Ladakh’s first biodiversity heritage site under the Biological Diversity Act, following multiple rounds of consultations between village stakeholders and the SECURE Himalaya project.
  • After filing the application with the Ladakh Biodiversity Council, the project will facilitate the official notification of the BHS.
  • The proposed Yaya Tso site will have an approximate area of 60 square kilometres, which will also include the lake’s watershed.

Yaya Tso

  • It is a nesting habitat for a large number of birds and animals, including the bar-headed goose, black-necked crane, and brahminy duck.
  • It is also one of the highest breeding sites of the black-necked crane in India.

SECURE Himalaya project

  • It supports the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), a collaborative effort of 12 range country governments, international organisations, civil society, and the private sector.

Project Landscapes

  • Changthang, Landscape of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Landscapes of Lahaul-Pangi and Kinnaur
  • Landscapes of Gangotri-Govind and Darma-Byans,
  • Khangchendzonga and the upper Teesta Valley.
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