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Reach out to organizations/initiatives working in the Himalayan region and for Himalayan people. Organisations working in diverse sectors, at the country level or internationally. Websites and portals that develop wider awareness on the region.

Mountain regions are disadvantaged in terms of development opportunities and options. The remoteness and harsh conditions, the environment fragility, the geographic spread, low population concentration, and the unique but closed cultures, severely limit the reach and effectiveness of development in these regions.

The Himalayan region remains among the least addressed regions in the world, singularly deprived of development and research attention. In any poorly developed region, civil society forms an effective bridge between administrators and the local populace, an effective community institutional framework and NGO network leads to benefit the vulnerable sections of society. But the civil society in the Himalayan region is rudimentary and not particularly effective. Existing civil society organisations in the region face severe challenges - some, internal to the organisations/institutions and their capability, some to do with programme design and implementation, and some to do with the socio-political-environmental context.

A few organisations are however, carrying out commendable work in the region, seeking to help the people of the region achieve sustainable development. Some of these organisations are local, while others are national, regional and international in their scope and scale of operations. Some of these are specific in their target area, while others address the Himalayan region alongside other regions. Interventions range from research, advocacy and grassroots projects, and cover a range of sectors, including livelihoods, conservation and welfare among others.
 
LOCAL AND NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
Organisations working at a local or country level (India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet), to bring about sustainable development in the region through research, advocacy, capacity building and direct grassroots action.
Organisation: Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology (IHBT)
Sector: Natural resource Management, Technology
Area of Work :

Western Himalayan region of India

Address: Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology,
P.O. Box: 6
Palampur,Himachal Pradesh
India - 176061
Tel/Fax No.: +91-1894-230742-43/+91-1894-230433
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Organisation: Winrock International India (WII)
Sector: Natural Resource Management, Renewable Energy
Area of Work : Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh – India.
Address:
Winrock International India (Operations office)
788 Udyog Vihar Phase V
Gurgaon
India
Tel/Fax No.: +91-124-4303868/ +91-124-4303862
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INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL ORGANISATIONS
 
Organisations working across multiple countries, addressing the Himalayan region as a whole, as well as those organisations that are addressing the Himalayan region, alongside other parts of the world, towards regional development. Their interventions range from policy research and development work to support of grassroots actions.
Organisation: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Sector: Multi-disciplinary
Area of Work :

Eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan

Address: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD
G.P.O. Box 3226, Khumaltar,
Kathmandu,
Nepal
Tel/Fax No.: +977-1-5003222/ +977-1-5003299, 5003277
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Organisation: The Mountain Institute (TMI)
Sector: Natural Resource Management
Area of Work : Mountain regions across the world
Address: The Mountain Institute
3000 Connecticut Avenue
NW, Suite 138 Washington D.C.
United States of America 20008
Tel/Fax No.: +1 011-202-234-4050/ +1-011-202-234-4051
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WEBSITES AND PORTALS
 
Several e-initiatives are seeking, in a manner similar to Himalayan Voices, to raise public awareness on the Himalayan region, its resources and problems, through sharing knowledge and information on the region.
Digital Himalaya Project

The Digital Himalaya project was conceived for archiving and making valuable ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region available for sharing. The project is supported by the Cambridge University, Cornell University and the University of Virginia.

Category: Website
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Environmental Information Centre (EIC)

The Ministry of Environments and Forests, Government of India has set up Environmental Information Centre (EIC) as a professionally managed clearinghouse of environment related information on the Indian sub-continent.

Category: Website
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India Environment Portal

This portal is a one-stop shop for environment and development issues. It is initiated and managed by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, India and promoted by the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), Government of India.

Category: Portal
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