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.
Protection and preservation of the Tibetan Plateau’s wildlife and lands is essential to all of Asia. 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 of the region.
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 in the Changtang, including free distribution of 20,000 Tibetan-language posters and calendars
- Joint support for conservation activities in the Changtang with World Wildlife Fund
- Ranger Training
- Eco-tourism training and planning workshops in Yushu, Golok and Ganzi Prefecture
- 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 in three sites in the Kham region
- Training and support for re-vegetation and household income generation program in Aba Prefecture
- Support for the protection of Tibetan wildlife through education programs
- Changtang Nature Reserve Management Training