Water resources and wetlands in the Himalayas are the most critical and most productive ecosystems not only for India but also for the global communities. These ecosystems in the Himalayas are the arteries and veins of the landscape. These wetlands are rich in nature and vital to human life. They act as water sources and water purifiers. They also act as major natural carbon stores. These are also crucial for agriculture and fisheries. A world without wetlands is a world without water. Therefore, it is important to wisely use the wetlands and diversify livelihood options for wetland dependent communities. By improving wetland ecosystems and by restoring wetlands, water supplies in the Himalayas can be safeguarded.

We are committed to:

National Development Foundation, NDF aims at documenting wetlands and wetland biodiversity of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh through on the ground research and citizen science initiatives. To achieve this NDF focuses on developing strategies for the conservation of protected areas specially National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Wetland Conservation Reserves of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. The programme also focuses on developing alternate model for conservation within and outside protected areas. One of the key components of this programme will be biodiversity monitoring and conservation planning. This activity will generate knowledge through applied research and outreach activities. The programme aims to improve management of biodiversity and ecosystems through a variety of outputs to influence existing policies and conservation planning.

Some of our work in Water and Wetlands includes:

  • Documenting pristine water sources for future conservation

  • Spread awareness in community and save wetlands

  • Protecting migratory birds which connect people countries and ecosystem.

  • Documenting and building a voice for critical ecosystems and associated wildlife

  • Promoting Forests as water infrastructure

  • Focusing Upper Indus Basin as critical source of water

  • Protecting Wetlands in Northern India