Center for Conservation & Sustainable Living

The Center for Conservation and Sustainable Living will be committed to alleviating poverty and ensuring a sustainable future for people and red pandas.

The Center for Conservation and Sustainable Living (CCSL) will be a hub for educational and skill-building workshops where local people can learn sustainable energy use and construction, organic farming, handicraft production, sustainable herding, bio-briquette production, nature guide and ecotrek leadership and homestay management.

The CCSL (photo of illustration to the right) will also be:

➤ Earthquake resistant and will feature rainwater harvesting, improved cooking stoves, solar technologies, ecological-sanitation toilets and cultivation of organic vegetables.

➤ A dedicated training location for RPN Forest Guardians in wildlife survey and monitoring, and anti-poaching investigation.

➤ Central facility for Community Forest User Group members and Department of Forest officials to learn sustainable forest management techniques.

Construction began in 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2021. As with all RPN initiatives, our goal is for the CCSL to eventually be self-sustaining and locally operated.

Map of the CCSL area. © RPN
Map of the CCSL area. © RPN

The CCSL will be a conservation and education center. It will be integral to improving living standards and increasing the annual income of at least 2,000 local families. 

Photos of CCSL construction. See more.

Partners in Conservation

Thank you Nordens Ark and Svenska Postkodlotteriet who are collectively contributing $377,000 over three years to construct the CCSL and prepare the facility for long-term impact.