Ladakh Ecological Development Group

Supports rural and urban communities through eco-friendly initiatives, skill development, and sustainable practices

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  • Headquarters

    Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

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Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG) carries out various interventions, primarily in rural and urban areas, as well as environmental initiative Read mores. In rural areas, LEDeG is involved in constructing eco-friendly houses, providing training in traditional and modern handicrafts, teaching local food processing methods, and enhancing the value of locally processed goods. Additionally, LEDeG supports Government departments by conducting workshops and facilitating exposure tours related to their work. In the urban sector, the organisation assists local women's self-help groups with improved handicraft techniques and value addition, develops agricultural tools, aids self-help groups in agricultural value addition, and conducts research on locally available building materials and techniques. LEDeG is supported by 35 full-time employees who manage administrative tasks and project implementation. An eight-member Working Committee oversees these employees, and they, in turn, report to an Executive Director. This Working Committee is elected by a General Body consisting of 100 members. LEDeG also welcomes national and international volunteers each year to assist with ongoing projects in Leh. The organisation's headquarters is located in Karzoo, Leh, with branches in Kargil and Zanskar for project management. The Karzoo Centre in Leh houses a well-equipped library, exhibition hall, conference hall, and craft shop. Additionally, LEDeG has a demonstration campus equipped with workshops, storage facilities, an agriculture testing centre, and more, all powered by solar energy. It also operates a Rural Building Centre near Choglamsar on the outskirts of Leh.

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  • Technology Interventions


    The organisation focuses on Ladakh's unique challenges by implementing appropriate technology solutions, like solar and hydroelectric power, to meet the region's essential energy needs. It promotes decentralized energy and water supply models, aligning with the local context. Additionally, the organisation conducts projects for sustainable electricity, clean water access, and income improvement in remote areas. It also explores innovative solutions like solar-powered flour mills and greenhouse climate control systems to adapt to changing conditions while preserving traditions.

  • Agriculture & Food Processing Programme


    LEDeG in its pursuit of promoting sustainable agriculture in Ladakh, acknowledges the region's unique farming practices rooted in self-sufficiency. Facing challenges like a short growing season and dependence on food imports, it seeks to revitalize agriculture. By diversifying crops, introducing high-yield varieties, and encouraging the adoption of efficient agricultural technologies, LEDeG aims to enhance production. Special attention is given to the horticultural sector, organic farming, and seed production. The organisation disseminates technical agricultural knowledge through training and workshops. Additionally, LEDeG engages in projects to improve living conditions in disadvantaged areas, promote apricot-based livelihoods, manage groundwater sustainably, and enhance fruit processing. It also advocates for organic manure use and the conversion of agricultural waste into biomass, fostering eco-friendly practices among farmers through initiatives like compost pits.

  • Handicrafts Programme


    LEDeG focuses on preserving Ladakh's unique culture and traditions through handicraft intervention. It collaborates with Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in remote areas, offering marketing support and training in new designs and technologies. LEDeG buys back handicrafts from SHGs and markets them, emphasizing woollen and Pashmina items. Its goal is to sustain cultural heritage, provide livelihoods, and strengthen community-based institutions.

  • Rural Building Centre Programme


    LEDeG has established a Rural Building Center in Ladakh, aimed at promoting cost-effective and environmentally friendly building technologies. The organisation received support from HUDCO, GOI, and LAHDC Leh to set up this centre. While initially, it was integrated into the solar township plan, which didn't materialize, the centre started producing materials like concrete blocks and stabilized mud blocks. LEDeG marketed these materials to builders, including Government contractors. The centre's technologies were also used in constructing a 100 KW solar powerhouse in Tangtse. Additionally, LEDeG has been involved in various renewable energy projects, such as solar photovoltaic power plants, solar cookers, passive solar housing, and capacity building for renewable energy development. It offers sustainable building consultancy and provides compressed mud bricks and concrete bricks, contributing to the development of eco-friendly construction practices in Ladakh.

Leadership Team

  • Helena Norberg-Hodge


  • Sarla Chhewang


  • Eshey Tondup


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Registration Details

  • Registration ID

    776-S of 1983

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  • Headquarters

    LEDeG Office Near Karzoo Zing Leh Ladakh, 194101


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