MacArthur has announced 12 grants totaling more than $3.6 million for biodiversity conservation work in the Eastern Himalaya, which stretches nearly 1,000 miles from Nepal to Yunnan Province in China.
There is growing concern about the environment and biodiversity preservation within China, said Jonathan Fanton, President of MacArthur. Some estimates place the number of civil society groups interested in conservation in the hundreds. MacArthur is concentrating its support on the rich forests of western Yunnan Province in China, part of the Himalaya region. The area is rich in species diversity and has some of the best primary forests found anywhere in the country.
This grantmaking is part of the Foundations strategy to conserve the biological diversity of select focal areas in developing countries by helping to create and manage parks, increasing the skills of local governmental and non-governmental institutions and individuals, and strengthening environmental law and policy. In the Eastern Himalaya, grantmaking focuses on three large landscapes: Kangchenjunga-Sikkim landscape in Nepal and India, the Bhutan landscape, and the Arunachal Pradesh-Yunnan landscape that stretches from India into China.
Four grants totaling $1.65 million were awarded to help strengthen management of the Kangchenjung Mountain complex in Nepal and India:
Two grants totaling $915,000 will help strengthen the protected areas and biological corridor system in Bhutan.
Six grants totaling more than $1.6 million were awarded to help expand protected areas in Northeastern India and for conservation work in Yunnan Province in China.
Yunnan Province, China