Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
This description of Ishita Khanna's work was prepared when Ishita Khanna was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Ishita Khanna is building a green economy in the remote villages of India’s high Himalayas. In response to the region’s growing environmental degradation and threatened cultural preservation, Ishita has developed a collection of new income-generating and ecotourism opportunities designed to improve environmental management and promote the pursuit of more sustainable livelihoods. These efforts have merged the region’s most marginalized communities with the market-based economy and created an incentive to conserve the region’s dwindling resources. The local community thus retains primary ownership over their natural resource base, further reducing their dependency on government subsidies and hand-outs.
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