Managing natural resources through simple and appropriate technological interventions for sustainable mountain development

Poor access to appropriate technologies due to difficult topographies and tough mountain conditions is one of the major causes of poverty, drudgery and natural resources degradation not only in the Indian Central Himalaya, but also in other parts of the Hindu-Kush Himalaya. Of late, deve-
lopment planners have realized the importance of suitable or appropriate technologies and practices, and therefore have stressed upon the need for large-scale demonstration, on-site training, capacity building and skill development of user groups in rural and marginal areas of the region. The
Garhwal Unit of G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development is one among the few organizations in the Indian Himalayan region involved in testing, developing, upgrading, validating and demonstrating appropriate technologies through action and participatory research.