Conservation of Material and Ecological Heritage in the Trans Himalayas

This workshop aims to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and knowledge exchange concerning various conservation-related issues within the Trans-Himalayan region. These include the ecological impact of tourism, traditional agro-pastoral practices, as well as broader themes such as market dynamics, spirituality, gender dynamics, and the preservation of cultural artifacts. Our overarching goal is to deepen understanding, identify best practices, foster collaborative networks, and formulate recommendations for policymakers, practitioners, and local communities. Ultimately, we seek to safeguard the diverse cultural and natural heritage of the Trans-Himalayas, promoting sustainable development and community resilience.

 A note on the Karakoram Collectives Karakoram Collectives is an initiative, conceived with the aim of fostering scholarly understanding and deep cultural appreciation for the rich heritage of Ladakh. Rooted in profound respect for the multifaceted aspects of Ladakh—its people, traditions, and landscapes—its mission is to illuminate this remarkable region through research, collaborative scholarship, and thoughtful preservation. The initiative of Karakoram Collectives is built upon principles of respecting local wisdom, committing to sustainable practices, and promoting insightful dialogue about Ladakh's unique identity.

Karakoram Collectives goes beyond academia, aiming to be a repository of knowledge and a forum for intellectual exchange. The initiative aspires to create a comprehensive archive, utilizing both digital and traditional means, to safeguard Ladakh's cultural and historical richness for future generations. Karakoram Collectives is also aimed to function as an advisory body, providing research-backed insights for policy-making. We strive to influence decisions that impact Ladakh's geo-political, socio-cultural, and environmental landscape positively. Collaborative and interdisciplinary networks are crucial elements of our approach, where partnerships with academic institutions, research bodies, and cultural organizations, both locally and internationally, create a platform for diverse perspectives.