Sustainable Livelihoods

A core linkage between indigenous communities and their landscapes has been traditional livelihoods derived from these landscapes. Unprecedented urbanisation and weather fluctuation have resulted in increasing rural-urban migrations of youth in search of better economic opportunities which often comes at the cost of traditional livelihoods. There is a crucial need to innovate traditional livelihoods for contemporary markets and make them lucrative economic avenues for younger generations to explore. At the same time, with globalisation, new economic opportunities for example eco tourism, are available today which if well managed can positively contribute to the sustainable development of the area meeting aspirations of young Changpas.

Looking at livelihood possibilities from both angles, the program work with traditional skills as well as explores new opportunities for nomadic youth.