What we do

Plateau Perspectives supports community-based conservation and sustainable development in high mountain regions. Its initial focus was the high grassland and pastoral areas of the Tibetan Plateau, most notably in the headwaters of the Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong Rivers (known in Chinese as the ‘Sanjiangyuan’ region). More recently, Plateau Perspectives also has begun to work in Tibet Autonomous Region, China, and in the mountain regions of the Himalayas (Bhutan) and Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan).

Plateau Perspectives places special emphasis on the interests and roles of local communities in regional/national conservation and development initiatives – which has led to the development, for example, of community-friendly “collaborative management” models of conservation in China’s renowned Sanjiangyuan region in Qinghai Province.

In addition to the projects outlined below, senior staff also may consult for other projects and organisations when these align well with Plateau Perspectives’ overall mission.