A living archaeological site

Home to the ancient Apatani and Monpa tribes and prominent for its pine hills, rice fields and its unique agricultural techniques practiced within the community, Ziro Valley in Lower Subansiri district and Thembang Dzong, a fortified village in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, a peace seekers paradise and have made it to the UNESCO’s final list of world heritage sites. State government has declared Thembang Dzong as a living archaeological site in the state. Apatanis are famous for their unique methods of sustainable farming and social forestry. There is no use of machines; instead, the focus is on using nature-friendly and sustainable methods only. There is efficient conservation of crucial watersheds, ensuring perennial streams flowing into the valley to meet the needs of the people.

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