Conservation and Development on the Tibetan Plateau and in the Mountains of Central Asia

Plateau Perspectives is an international non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local communities and organizations in mountain regions to find and develop long-term solutions that improve people’s quality of life and protect their environment.

Where we work

Plateau Perspectives works in the Tibetan Plateau region of China, the mountains of Central Asia and the Himalayas.

We currently have conservation and development projects in Qinghai Province and Tibet Autonomous Region, China, as well as projects in Bhutan and Kyrgyzstan.

The Himalayas

Bhutan is a small mountain kingdom nestled in the Himalayan Range, a land of dramatic topography that ranges from low subtropical plains to some of the world’s highest mountain peaks. Known for its fortresses and monasteries, traditional culture and rich biodiversity, the country also seeks to achieve happiness through balanced development.

The Tibetan Plateau

China is a land of extremes, with rapid development over the past several decades and an extraordinary natural and cultural heritage. Its great diversity of ecosystems, traditional and modern land uses, cultures and livelihoods – all make this country amongst the most special in the world. China’s western mountain regions are especially diverse.

Mountains of Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country in Central Asia with a rich nomadic culture. The Tian Shan mountains cover a large portion of the country, and many different ethnic groups including the Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Uzbek, Russians, Germans, Dungan and others live in mountain areas, farmlands and towns.

What we do

Plateau Perspectives supports community-based conservation and development in high mountain regions. Its initial focus was the high grassland and pastoral areas of the Tibetan Plateau, in the headwaters of the Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong rivers (known as the 'Sanjiangyuan' in Chinese). More recently, Plateau Perspectives has expanded into surrounding mountain areas of Tibet Autonomous Region, China, and in Bhutan (Himalayas) and Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia).

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