The Himalaya Collective

The Himalaya Collective

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What is The Himalaya Collective?

The Himalaya Collective is as an open-source platform for individuals and organisations living and working in the Western Himalayan regions of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. The collective emerged out of deliberations of the Western Himalayan Vikalp Sangam in 2019.

The mountains are a challenging yet beautiful ecosystem to work in, where ecologies and geographies collide on a daily basis for anyone working on social development or environmental conservation.

Strengthening the Himalayas and its communities is not a job for any one organisation or individual. Hence, our belief that working together and sharing ideas, insights and resources with each other is the best way forward for inclusive, sustainable and context-specific development of the Himalayas.

If you believe in this idea, then you’re already a part of the Himalaya Collective. Welcome aboard!

Learn more about the Western Himalayan Vikalp Sangam.

Please feel to free to share information, resources, opportunities or even ideas for collaboration: thehimalayacollective@gmail.com

Learning Amidst Nature: Himalayan Roots for Children

Learning Amidst Nature: Himalayan Roots for Children The Udaan Learning Center (ULC) at Sambhaavnaa Institute, Palampur has come up with a Students Immersive Learning Program called “Himalayan Roots” which gives an opportunity to students to engage in different outdoor as well as indoor activities, all while continuing their online studies.  …

Pandemic Resilience in the Western Himalayas: Extraordinary Stories of ‘Ordinary’ People

Pandemic Resilience in the Western Himalayas: Extraordinary Stories of ‘Ordinary’ People   The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of our fragile economic system. We heard stories of people hoarding essentials when the lockdown was announced. There were stories of young people given medical beds at the cost of the …

Nature in Winter

Let’s Observe Nature this Winter!   Are you a nature enthusiast who loves observing its beauty? Do you also like to capture all the beautiful and mysterious moments of nature? Titli Trust and Center for Ecology Development and Research (CEDAR) are supporting the Nature in Winter Project, organized by Nature …

Birding in Mussoorie

Let’s Go Birding in Mussoorie, No Charges Applicable Birding is like going on a natural treasure hunt! Everywhere you look, you will find majestic and beautiful flora, wildlife, and of course, birds. Titli Trust and Center for Ecology Development and Research (CEDAR) are supporting a birding tour organized by the …

Mountains Matter (पहाड़ महत्वपूर्ण हैं)

Happy International Mountains Day to all our readers! हमारे सभी पाठकों को अंतर्राष्ट्रीय पर्वतीय दिवस की शुभकामनाएँ! Since 2003, the 11th of December has been celebrated as International Mountains Day to spread awareness about the importance of mountains and highlight the opportunities and challenges that us mountain folk face. This …

Ecotourism workshop: Gangtok, 8th November 2019

The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) is conducting a workshop on Ecotourism under the SECURE Himalaya project on 8th of November, 2019 in Gangtok, Sikkim. The theme of the workshop is “Issues, Challenges and Solutions for Promotion of Ecotourism” with a keynote address by Shri M.L. Srivastava, IFS, Principal Secretary cum …

Openings at the Department of Wildlife Protection, Leh

Wildlife Protection Department, Leh, Government of Jammu and Kashmir wishes to engage people for the National Mission for Himalayan Studies and Project Snow Leopard for a period of one year (extendable). Project 1: Understanding Ladakh’s socio-ecological processes to design landscape-level development strategies (5 openings) Project 2: Project Snow Leopard (4 …

Profile: Titli Trust

Established in 2009, the trust works on conservation education, action and research. Titli strives to support sustainable livelihoods linked to local ecology through support at Devalsari and Pawalgarh.

How to Start Your Own NGO or Social Enterprise

Starting your own NGO can be a lengthy, tedious as well as a confusing procedure, one which will require a long if not a lifetime commitment. You need more than money, enthusiasm and motivation to start your own NGO. There are many other legal as well as official procedures to …

Profile: Harela Society

Harela Society, formed by a group of radical and humble thinkers, believes in spreading awareness about environmental conservation amongst communities, with a focus on young people in Uttarakhand.

Community Based Tourism in Pawalgarh: A Ray of Hope

Tourism has always been an encouraged sector, generating significant revenue, conservation of endangered species and has revived cultural heritage. It is only in the recent times that the negative effects of “overtourism” has come into play, relating to matters of too many visitors exceeding the carrying capacity of a particular …

Uttarakhand’s Story of Migration

Uttarakhand, the northern state of India carved out of Uttar Pradesh, has witnessed a massive emigration in the last few decades. Close to 950 villages have become completely depopulated with people leaving these villages in large numbers. Over 3500 villages are left with a population of less than 50! The …

Profile: Avani

Avani is a non- governmental voluntary organization which follows a community based model and primarily works to bring solar energy to rural areas, produce electricity and charcoal from pine needles and produce handmade naturally dyed silk and woollen textiles. Set up in 1997 (and formally registered in 1999) as the …

IXth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit

The Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) is holding the IXth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS) from 11th to 14th December 2020. The range of themes includes migration and local economies, water security and climate-resilient future, innovative solutions for the farm sector, disaster risk reduction and climate-resilient future, digital opportunities, and green …