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Building partners in high altitudes through participatory action research – The Applied Ecologist

EcologyBuilding partners in high altitudes through participatory action research – The Applied Ecologist


Shortlisted for the Chico Mendes Prize 2023


Lead author Munib Khanyari talks us through his team’s journey through the high altitudes of Changthang in trans-Himalayan India to co-design conservation interventions that benefit the communities who live alongside the wildlife.

Community-based conservation, despite being more inclusive than fortress conservation, has been criticized for being a top-down implementation of external ideas brought to local communities for conservation’s benefit. This is particularly true for Changpas, the pastoral people of Changthang in trans-Himalayan India who live alongside unique wildlife.

In their latest Practice Insights, Khanyari and colleagues demonstrate the value of co-designing conservation interventions by presenting two case studies where they work with communities in Changthan to develop context-specific solutions to benefit both people and nature.

A full blog post about the study can also be found here.

Read the full Practice Insights: “Co-designing conservation interventions through participatory action research in the Indian Trans-Himalaya” in Ecological Solutions Evidence and discover more articles from our ‘Co-designed Projects in Ecological Research and Practice’ Special Feature.

Find the other early career authors and their articles that have been shortlisted for the Chico Mendes Prize 2023 here!

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