Eastern Himalayan Rural Futures®:
Ecology for the New Economy

Virtually bringing together 12 Eastern Himalayan Capitals and 10 Countries for
creating a Naturenomics™ Agenda – Ecology for the New Economy

In association with Sikkim Express and Sikkim University

THEME : ‘Identifying pressing issues in conservation & livelihoods among communities’
Indigenous of Sikkim and primeval race as old as the Himalayas, the Lepcha community is rich in its culture and tradition and has been largely concentrated in Dzongu in Sikkim. Amidst the idyllic backdrop of Mount Kenchenjungha, this tribe has managed to create a perfect harmony with nature. However, with changing times, the mountain community of Sikkim are said to be vanishing and so are their stories and traditions. The notion of the vanishing of Lepcha culture or even of the entire Lepcha tribe is expressed by every member of Lepcha society: urban and rural. For all of them losing Lepcha culture has become an integral part of describing Lepcha culture. The community members are taking matters into their own hands and have been crafting way forward that has meant a sustainable growth of the community today .To shed light on the uphill journey of the Lepcha community and explore its path towards social – economic – environmental impact leading a way forward for the Rural Futures, the Regional Forum will focused on –
Build an action-based communication platform for stakeholders and community representatives of Lepcha Community
Create awareness about the community and derive target oriented future course of action.
Community Conservation Stories.
Identify and recognize exceptional contribution towards the Lepcha Community.