A unique archetype of conservation in Himachal Pradesh, western Himalaya, India

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Rupali Sharma
Monika Sharma
Manisha Mathela
Himanshu Bargali
Amit Kumar


Owing to numerous emerging threats to biodiversity, its conservation has been of paramount importance in today’s world.  Interestingly, many modern practices have been followed globally for the conservation of natural resources, yet traditional conservation practices that could set an excellent example need to be explored worldwide.  Keeping this in view, the current communication aims to highlight a unique conservation method that has been practiced in the remote and cold-arid region of the state of Himachal Pradesh in the western Himalaya.  Locally known as ‘Praja Mandal’, this indigenous system of conservation needs to be addressed and adopted nationwide  with an eye towards a sustainable ecosystem.

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