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National Mission on Himalayan Studies

Implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
Nodal and Serving hub with G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development

Him - Nature Learning Centre

Him-Nature Leaning Center

The Indian Himalayan region (IHR) represents a very significant part of the Indian sub-continent as it supports unique landscape elements, species, populations, communities, and ecosystems along with the rich ethnic diversity. The unique uniqueness and representativeness of biodiversity in the Himalaya has attracted the attention of people from all over the globe. The IHR also forms the large part of globally recognized Himalayan biodiversity hotspot. However, the regions are identified amongst the most climate change sensitive ecosystem, and the naturalness of this unique ecosystem is severely threatened due to ever increasing human onslaught. Realizing the challenges and emerging responsibilities of conservation of Himalayan natural resources, a number of initiatives are taking place globally and nationally. In this regard, NMHS envisages establishing the state-of-art Him-Nature Learning Centre (NLC) in all Himalayan states. This centre would promote the outreach and enable to produce reliable and authentic information and knowledge products, which could subsequently feed into the provincial, national and international policies.
Presently, NMHS has sanctioned 5 (five) Him-NLC in five IHR state i.e. Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland, which are being coordinated by State Forest Department.

Overall Objective

To develop interpretation models and upgrading and diversifying the botanical garden and NLC;
To select interested and natural resource-dependant user-groups from functional EDCs/JFMCs for trainings towards sustainable livelihoods;
To develop a team of trainers amongst permanent staffs of the area/interested user groups for sustainability of the NLC beyond the NLC duration;
To have a robust portfolio of conservation programmes that reflect the State priorities;
To build a strong alignment between the visitor experience and Life Sciences areas of the Zoo.
To have an extensive and transparent compliance and risk management framework.
To develop and promote conservation awareness and sensitization on biodiversity and natural resources.
To create a cadre of trainers among the various stakeholders, which can lead the conservation actions and capacity building at various levels.
To promote participatory conservation action and management of wetland resources for livelihood generation.
To promote conservation of endemic, rare, threatened and endangered species.
To facilitate alternate livelihood generation capacities in order to reduce pressure on forest resources and promote efficient utilization of natural resource base.

Ongoing Projects: 05 (MG 5)

1 Him-Nature Learning Center Himachal Pradesh.
2 Him-Nature Learning Center Assam.
3 Him-Nature Learning Center Tripura.
4 Him-Nature Learning Center Manipur.
5 Him-Nature Learning Center Nagaland.

Measurable Targets up to 2020

A state of art Centre for on-site training and capacity building programmes for various stakeholder groups on nature based learning
Establishment of a user-friendly digital NLC database on various issues of Himalayan biodiversity conservation and management considering different stakeholders’ need.
Creation of training, demonstration and dissemination material (digital and analogue) based on state specific needs for sustainable management of bio-resources.
Facility for exchange of information with other Nature Learning Centers in the region, country or elsewhere in the world.
Ex-situ conservation of representative sub tropical, temperate and alpine sensitive floral and faunal species (rare, endemic, threatened and economically important ones).

Monitoring Indicators

No. of Nature Learning and Awareness Curricula Developed;
No. of Crucial Nature Learning and Awareness Topics covered;
No. of Trainings organized with no. of stakeholders benefited in each segment;
No. of Dissemination and Awareness Publications (short/detailed) circulated;
No. of Field/ Green Technologies Demonstrations/ Exposure Visits organized;
No. of Publication of Assessment and Findings Reports;
No. of Beneficiaries;
No. of Collaborations/ Connect with the Protected Areas/ Sanctuaries/ Conservation Areas established;

No. of Policy Guidelines and Legislative Mechanisms: Prepared and/ or Communicated.


State-of-the-art Nature Learning Centre;
NLC and the Botanical garden maintained and upgraded with proper and required;
Infrastructures relevant to meet the objectives and to reach the goal of the project;
Development of an environmentally educated class in the society who may respond and react for environmental conservation in all respects;
Benefit to the young visitors, school children, planners, administrators, scientist, voluntary organisations and policy makers;
Easy learning module and knowledge products, in English and Local Language for school teacher, conservation workers, SHGs, JFMC, BMC, students etc;
Capacity building trainings (Community member.; BMC officials.; Government officials; Women SHG;
Awareness programme and dissemination of knowledge on nature and biodiversity conservation;
Sensitization programmes and conservation clubs for school and college students on regional and local biodiversity;
Participatory conservation and management of one wetland resources for livelihood generation;
Achievements till date ...


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Last Updated on: 23.04.2019