Khanchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC)
In 1996, out of shared concern for the sensitive biodiversity of the rich Khangchendzonga mountain ecosystem, the community-based Khanchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC) was born in Yuksam in west Sikkim. A tight, solid team of wildlife enthusiasts, community leaders, students and teachers, KCC is devoted to protecting and conserving the ecosystem with a well thought out, multi-pronged approach. They organize environmental education programmes to educate the rural masses and the youth, the future flag bearers of the community. They also provide training, capacity building exercises and most importantly work to provide sustainable livelihoods that will make the locals less dependent on the resources of the Mt. Khangchendzonga landscape. For their undying commitment to conserve this mountain ecosystem of Sikkim, the KCC was awarded The Balipara Foundation Eastern-Himalaya Conservation Award.