Thursday, 7 June 2007
Nestled in the Trans Himalayan ranges of Eastern and North Eastern Ladakh between 4000 and 5000 m are found one of the most unique ecosystems of the world - the high altitude wetlands. These wetlands lie in the Western most extension of the Northern Tibetan Plateau the Chang Tang region which is a repository of ancient culture and religious practices, holding strong, the bond between nature and culture. Three of these wetlands, namely, Tsomoriri, Tsokar and Pangong Tso have been identified for priority action in the first phase. These wetlands are believed to be the most important breeding site for waterfowl in Ladakh and represent the only breeding ground of bar-headed geese (Anser indicus) in India and the globally threatened Black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) outside China. In addition, this region also supports some of the most endangered species of mammals such as Kiang, Snow Leopard, Lynx, Himalayan Blue Sheep etc.