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DIIR Disseminates Info on Tibet's Environmental Issues to TCV Schools at Ladakh

July 25, 2010

Environment and Development Desk
Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR)
Central TIbetan Administraion (CTA)
July 23, 2010

Dharamshala -- Why is Yartsa Gunbu so expensive?
What can we do to stop the environmental
destruction in Tibet? The Tibetan students'
concern and curiosity about the ongoing
exploitation of Tibet's environment is clearly
shown in questions raised by them.

As part of the environmental awareness programme
marking the 75th birthday of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, two environmental researchers from
the Environment and Development Desk (EDD) of the
Department of Information and International
Relations disseminated information on Tibet's
environment and development issues at SOS TCV
schools at Choglamsar and Agling, Ladakh.

A school girl holds Tibet's wildlife postcard
distributed by the Environment and Development Desk of DIIR

The researchers, Chokyi and Jigme Norbu, had to
organised two separate sessions due to large
number of students. The first session was
conducted for class VII and VIII on 20 July and
another for class IX and X on 21 July 2010.

On 22 July, the EDD researchers spoke to students
from class VI to VIII at SOS TCV Agling School.

The researchers touched on crucial environment
issues of Tibet. The whole session was divided
into two parts. In the first part, they imparted
information on climate change on the Tibetan
Plateau and construction of dams on Tibetan
rivers. A documentary film titled 'Sustained
Development, China's Design for Tibet' was shown between the sessions.

In the second session students were educated on
exploitation of natural resources in Tibet and Tibetan grassland and nomads.

The talks were followed by quiz session in order
to test the students' knowledge about the topics
discussed on Tibet's environment. Tibet wildlife
postcards created by EDD were presented to students who gave correct answers.

The students were also educated on the status of
wildlife of Tibet, particularly Tibetan antelope
(Pantholops hodgsonii), which is an endangered
animal and found in Ladakh region. EDD urged
students to alert their parents about illegal
trade of Shahtoosh and Yartsa Gunbu (Cordyceps
sinensis) that are smuggled through Ladakh.

In their efforts to educate every member of the
community about the crucial environment issues of
Tibet, the researchers said they would not miss
the opportunity to meet with school teachers,
staff and home parents for an interactive session on 24 July.

--Report filed by EDD researchers from Ladakh
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