The fragile ecology of the Tibetan Plateau requires long-term resource protection and management planning. The Plateau is made up of several distinct biomes, ranging from forests to grasslands, desert to tundra. It is also the headwaters of Asia’s major rivers. Environmental conditions in the upper watersheds of the Plateau affect all of Asia, and directly impact climatic systems. The protection and preservation of the Tibetan Plateau’s wildlife is essential. Home to rare animal, bird and plant species — including the snow leopard, wild yak, blue sheep, red and musk deer, chiru (Tibetan antelope), red panda, black neck crane, ibis bill and numerous others — endangered species are a global natural treasure.
The Bridge Fund responds to the changing needs of nomads whose lives and livelihoods are tied to healthy lands and animals, and works to enhance traditional environmental stewardship practices in Tibetan communities. TBF programs help Tibetans protect wildlife and habitats through environmental education, anti-poaching, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, nature “rangers” training, and a series of programs focused on adaptation to climate change — an issue that has emerged as the greatest long-term threat to the Himalayan region.
- Community rangeland management trainings and planning programs
- Conservation management trainings
- Environment awareness promotion and publications
- Tibetan antelope (chiru) protection campaign
- Natural resource-based products sustainability trainings
- Water preservation, clean water, and water access projects
- Fencing and maintenance of re-forestation projects
- Support for re-vegetation and household income generation programs
- Building linkages and partnerships with environmental groups