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 on the Plateau are a special natural treasure.
The Bridge Fund works with Tibetan communities to assist locally driven, village-based environmental conservation projects as well as overarching initiatives that contribute to the conservation of wildlife and lands.
- Environmental education materials for nomadic communities.
- Joint support for conservation activities in the Changtang with World Wildlife Fund.
- Tibetan ‘Ranger’ Training.
- Eco-tourism training and planning workshops.
- Tibetan wildlife protection playing card project.
- Publication of environmental materials in Tibetan.
- Juniper re-forestation project on Chokpori hill in Lhasa.
- Fencing and maintenance of re-forestation projects.
- Training and support for re-vegetation and household income generation programs.