The Ladakh Project was started as a result of growing trends of ‘Western Modernity’ and the resultant dismissal of local culture and environmental degradation.
The efforts of the Ladakh Project led to the founding of LEDeG in 1983.
LEDeG has organized sustainable development programs in remote villages of Ladakh as well as the main towns of Leh and Kargil.
It gives me immense pleasure to see a lot of young and promising talent from different backgrounds working with LEDeG.
In a constantly evolving world, it is also important for an organisation to change so that it meets the needs of the time. Therefore, it is very heartening to see LEDeG evolving with time and shifting its focus on urban issues also. I would like to congratulate the staff for delivering excellent performances in the fields that LEDeG is famous for, such as appropriate technology, agriculture, and handicraft. The dedication and hard work of LEDeG staff round the year for the benefit of the people is exemplary.
It is also important to reflect on the past performances of the organization. Hence, I will start by giving a brief introduction and listing the achievements of the organization in the past. Ladakh Ecological and Environmental Group (LEDeG) is one of the most reputed and influential NGOs in both Leh and Kargil districts. LEDeG was conferred with many international and national awards. While continuing its services in remote and inaccessible areas of Ladakh, LEDeG reached an agreement with the European Union and BORDA in 2018 to collaborate to work on urban issues in Leh under a project called the LIVEABLE LEH. The main aims and objectives of this project are to make Leh town environmental-friendly, resilient and sustainable urban city. It was felt that the capacity of the policymakers needs to be enhanced. Also, young and dynamic administrators and future leaders need to be groomed for making and implementing good decisions for the betterment of the town. Hence, we organized several town hall meetings, exposure visits for seniors and mid-level officers/officials, conducted trainings and workshops at various places in Leh and other parts of India, in 2018 and 2019. In particular, my sincere thanks to Mr Stanzin Tsephel, Director of BORDA South East Asia, for his unconditional support and guidance since the day I assumed charge as the executive director of LEDeG.
“We are working towards sustainability of Ladakh Region”
Ladakh Ecological Development Group Ladakh.