October 3, 2020 No Comments

The Tibetan Plateau is known as the “Third Pole” covering 2.5 million square kilometers and makes up one quarter of the total area of China today.  It is the storehouse of freshwater and source of the earth’s eight largest river systems.  For thousands of years the Tibetan farmers, nomads and semi nomads have thrived on the harsh Tibetan Plateau due to their expertise and wise decision-making on the conservation of their ecosystems, wild life population such as the famous Yak.

The Government of TAR is helping with the protection of the fragile biodiversity of the Tibetan Plateau.  But much work is still needed due to the fast modernization of China and TAR areas and the impact of mining, immigration and tourism.  All CTTF projects to protect the environment are coordinated to enhance existing projects approved by TAR and PRC governments on the Tibetan Plateau on a grass root level.

Since 1999, CTTF has worked with the Mamba Elementary School in the Drikung Valley by contributing to the building of a green house, bringing running water to the school and planting trees in and around the school.  Each year the children at the Mamba Elementary School participate in a trash collection event around the school and nearby villages.

CTTF has worked with the Drikung Mamba Village leaders to build three trash collection centers, and trash bins for plastic recycling and trash collection.  CTTF has contributed funds to collect and remove large amount of trash along the banks of the beautiful Shorung Tsangpo River in Mamba Valley and transport to the main trash collection center in Medrogongar Town. In fact the Shorung Tsangpo River in the Mamba Drikung Valley is one of the headwater tributaries of the Brahmaputra River that flow into India and Bangladesh.

In the past two years CTTF has focused more on localized intervention and a pilot project to improve pastoral and the Nomadic culture in the Drikung and Reting areas of the Tibetan Autonomous Region is under way. This is an effort to fight the negative impact of Climate Change in TAR. It is becoming more challenging for rural Tibetans to make a living as farmers.  The nomadic and semi-nomadic life is being threatened unless there are projects to help sustain the farm and animal husbandry way of life on the Tibetan Plateau.

CTTF is fully engaged in helping to develop the farm and yak husbandry production and the conservation of wildlife, range ecosystem of the Drikung and Reting areas. We are working with local nomad family farms and nomadic highlanders to increase their incomes.

Currently, CTTF has started the “Nomadic Life Sustainability Project” on the Tibetan Plateau with a couple of semi and full time nomad communities around the Drikung and Reting areas of Central Tibet. Each family has around 100 heads of Yaks and Dris (female yaks). With financial support they will be able to purchase modern tools and machines operated by solar electricity that are available in Lhasa. These modern tools and machines operated by solar electricity are having a direct impact on the production efficiency and profits of their traditional pastoral industry.

The incredible biodiversity, diverse ecosystem and pastoral communities in the Terdrom and Drikung areas offer a unique opportunity to maintain this equilibrium between nature and man.

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