Conservation Challenges

Pangong Tso in Ladakh
© Mahesh Nair
Due to their sheer beauty, religious and cultural significance, these high altitude wetlands attract millions of tourists every year.

However, because these wetlands are fragile, the pervasion of human presence and activity in the region brings on a set of challenges. In addition to this, the looming threat of climate change has already begun to show its impacts in the region.

WWF-India has honed down on select wetland sites in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, for initiating conservation action. At the present stage, WWF has recently initiated documentation work in the state of Uttarakhand, to assess the vulnerability of high altitude wetlands and other factors related to the lakes.
© Sanjeev Sharma/WWF-India
Manimahesh Lake in Himachal Pradesh, encircled by pilgrim tents
© Sanjeev Sharma/WWF-India
© Pankaj Chandan/WWF-India
The small mounds found around these wetlands provide an excellent breeding ground for the endangered Black-necked Crane
© Pankaj Chandan/WWF-India
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