Even though the estimated population of the snow leopard in Himachal is barely 15, encouraged by spotting of the animal by locals as well as wildlife staff in Spiti the government has sent a Rs 1.50 crore action plan to the Centre for protecting the highly endangered animal.

The Sierra Club, the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organisation in the US, has awarded the

With temperature being almost 4

Village commons might suffer if forest rights act is not implemented well in Himachal Pradesh The Himachal Pradesh government has asked forest dwellers in the state to put forward their claims to forest rights. But it is being cautious in implementing the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, or fra. The act is being implemented only

While rising temperatures and changes in weather conditions is affecting agriculture and is a matter of serious concern, farmers in Himachal Pradesh have converted it into an opportunity. Apple farmers affected by climate change have shifted to crops like kiwi and pomegranate. Farmers who were earlier not able to grow apples are happy growing apples now, in few other districts.

Tucked away from Himachal

Traditional agroforestry systems prevalent in Lahaul area was agri-silvicultural system. Generally five agroforestry systems were identified i.e. agri-horticultural, agri-silvicultural, agri-silvi-pastoral, pastoral-silviculture and pastoral-horticulture. Whereas in District Kinnaur most prevalent agro-forestry system was agri-horticultural. Four agroforestry models were identified i.e.

Power generation resumed after eight days at the 1,500-MW Nathpa-Jhakri project this afternoon. Engineers of the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) decided to start the project after the discharge in the Sutlej started declining after attaining the peak of 1,550 cumecs last evening. The first unit of 250 MW started functioning at noon and four units out of total six had been made operational by the evening.

Night-soil (human waste) has been considered a valuable agricultural resource since ancient times. When handled safely, its use can contribute to reducing soil degradation and water scarcity in the areas like the Lahaul valley. Despite such known benefits its use is now decreasing with modernisation. Recognising this, the G.B. Pant Institute in India has been taking steps to promote the use of night-soil as one of the organic farming practices promoted in the region.

Till a few years ago, whenever the people of the picturesque Kibber village in Himachal Pradesh's Spiti valley discovered that their cows and yaks were killed by the snow leopard, they would try to poison or trap the elusive cat.