The timberline zone in the Himalaya is a cradle of high temperate and low alpine biodiversity elements. It is a rich repository of highly sensitive elements which are of considerable biological and economic value. Among others, these include endemic, endangered, medicinal and edibles plant species. In view of the unique diversity of its biological components, representativeness, susceptibility to climatic changes, and heavy anthropogenic pressures, the study envisages:
- To develop an update inventory on biodiversity elements of timberline zone of west Himalaya.
- To select sites for prioritization on the basis of biodiversity and socio-economic value.
- To develop participatory methodology for prioritizing strategies.