Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
Nestled high in West Himalaya, India’s Valley of Flowers National Park is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya, praised by mountaineers and botanists for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer.
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Important site for in-situ conservation of biological diversity
Uttaranchal. Two peaks, Rataban (6,126 m) and Ghori Parbat (6,601 m), within VoF National Park are open for mountaineering, subject to permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden and special conditions. Legal Provisions were considered adequate by the 2005 IUCN Evaluation of the site’s extension (IUCN, 2005).
within the overall management of the Biosphere Reserve, for which there is a Landscape Management Plan for the period 2003/04 – 2012/13 (IUCN, 2005).
2. The site has identified ‘trekking routes’ for recreational/ adventure tourism which are on the periphery and these operations provide livelihood support to local communities.
|№||Organization/ individuals||Project duration||Brief description of Active Projects|
|1||Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun||The WII has been implementing several UNESCO sponsored research and monitoring projects in this site.|
|2||Govind Ballabh Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development (GBPNIHESD), Almora||The Institute is the lead organization of the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change of the Government of India for research and monitoring activities in the site.|
|3||Department of Science and Technology, Government of India||Under the National Action Plan on Climate Change, a dedication mission called National Mission on Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) is being made to assess climate change effects and adaptation strategies through various Task Forces.|
|1||Climate Change Adaptation Workbook: Responding to Climate Change. A guide for managers of natural World Heritage sites - Nanda Devi & Valley of Flowers National Parks. 2013. UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris. Pp. 34.|
|2||IUCN Evaluation, 2005.|
|3||Kuniyal, J.C., 2005. Solid waste management in the Himalayan trails and expedition summits. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 13(4), pp.391-410.|
|4||Mathur, V.B., et al. 2015. Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India. Process and Outcomes 2006 to 2014. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. 2009 Pp.|
|5||Nanda Devi World Heritage Site: Biodiversity conservation for over two decades and challenges for the future. 2008. V.B. Mathur. Paper presented in the Training workshop on 'Management and conservation of world heritage sites – Conservation for peace', Hiroshima, Japan, March 30–April 4, 2008|
|6||Prajapati, S.R. (2010). Management of Valley of Flowers (Ed. B.K.Gangte). Pp. 1-198 W.P.O, Forest Dept., Uttarakhand.|
|7||Retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (SoUV), 2012.|
|8||Sathyakumar, S. 2003.Conservation status of Mammals and Birds in Nanda Devi National Park: An assessment of changes over two decades (IN) Biodiversity Monitoring Expedition Nanda Devi 2003. A report. Pp. 1-14.|
|9||Singh, R.B., Mal, S. and Kala, C.P., 2009. Community responses to mountain tourism: A case in Bhyundar Valley, Indian Himalaya. Journal of Mountain Science, 6(4), pp.394-404.|
|10||Uniyal, V.P. 2002. Nanda Devi Expedition (Report). Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun|
|11||WHBPI Implementation in Keoladeo and Nanda Devi World Heritage Sites: Key Activities, Outcomes and Learnings. 2013. V.B. Mathur. Paper presented in regional conference on „Conservation and Management of UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites: Sharing experiences and Best Practices from South Asia‟ on 17-18 September, 2013.|
|12||Wildlife Institute of India (WII), 2012. Cumulative Impact Assessment of Ganga hydel projects on biodiversity.|