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).

The organization places a special emphasis on the interests and roles of local herding communities in regional/national conservation and development initiatives – which has led to the development, for example, of more community-friendly “collaborative management” models of conservation in China’s ecologically important Sanjiangyuan region in southern Qinghai Province.

In addition to the projects outlined below, senior staff also may provide consultancy support to other projects or organisations when areas of work are well aligned with the overall mission of Plateau Perspectives.