The Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) is the range of the Himalayas within India, spanning the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttaranchal and as well as the hilly regions of Assam and West Bengal.
With a stretch of over 2500 km from Jammu & Kashmir in North of India to Arunachal Pradesh in the North-east, the Indian Himalayan Region represents 16.2% of the total area of the country and is inhabited by approximately 3.86% of the total population (Nandy et al, 2006).
This region has a very significant role in the mountain ecosystems of the world- not only from the standpoint of climate and as a provider of life giving water to a large part of the Indian sub-continent, but they also harbour a rich variety of flora, fauna, human communities and cultural diversity (Singh, 2006).
However, the climate change and global warming is a matter of concern for the region as the Himalayan glaciers are receding at the fastest rates in the world. Natural calamities including erratic rainfall, high soil erosion not only reduces soil fertility and productivity but also impacts the economics and human communities.
‘People, Economy,Art, Culture & Environment (PEACE) of the Indian Himalayan Region, is thus an effort to come together, ponder, share perspectives and act towards conserving this global heritage.
Begins in the heart;
Grows in the mind;
Manifests through will
Spreads through action…
This is an Aei4eiA ® initiative supported by Incredible India (India Tourism Sydney, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India).
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Leveraging 'People' Power of Sustainability