Living Off The Sanctuary

February 18, 2018
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Anupam Chanda
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The concept of bio-diversity conservation in the Sikkim-Indian Himalayas is very ancient.. Despite the history it was not until the 1990's that efforts were made to create a sanctuary in the region and thats how the Barshey Rhododendron Sanctuary came into existence in 1996. The Shingalila Range forming the political boundary between Sikkim in India and Nepal, springs from Kanchendzonga the world’s third highest mountain in the Himalayas and extends southwards to the plains of Bengal.

The region is densely forested with Rhododendron trees and spreads over an area of 104 sq kms with an altitudinal range of 2200 mts to 4100 mts and supports a wide variety of biodiversity values. There are around 30 villages comprising 6500 households with a total population of about 40,000 adjoining this sanctuary, which have been brought under the eco development network of the Sikkim- Indian Government.

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