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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

Project Title:

Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution Mechanism in the Indian Himalayan Region: Risk Assessment,


Prediction, and Management through Research and Community Engagement

1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category LG
Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTA : Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered: Five Himalayan States as project sites across, considering the extent of HWI reports: J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and West Bengal (only the northern hill districts).
Organization/ Implementation Agency: Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
The State Forest/Wildlife Departments of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and West Bengal  
CEE-Himalaya, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh  
J&K Association of Social Workers, Srinagar, J&K, Biodiversity, Tourism  
4. Uttarakhand Gramin Vikas Samiti, Uttarakhand  
5. Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee, Sikkim  
Lead Proponent:

Dr. S.Sathyakumar

Scientist-G,Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun

Project Brief Description: Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) is major issue that has been experienced in majority of the countries worldwide. In Indian context, fragmentation of forests and habitat loss are the major causes for HWC. The current project aims to understand the reasons behind the problem in the IHR by involving local stake holders and to mitigate the raising problem. It majorly addresses the HWC arising because of leopards, Asiatic black bear, Himalayan brown bear, snow leopards, wild boar and rhesus macaque. It perfectly fits with the norms laid down by the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) by addressing on of the broad thematic groups – “Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity”. To address the current project, advance methods viz., GIS and remote sensing etc. will be used to mitigate the problem and the outcomes of this project like database generation on the HWI Conflicts and risk area mapping will help the local governments to design the action plans to address the raising issue of HWC in the Himalayan region in order to conserve our fading wild fauna.
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders: Local village communities, state/local NGOs, youth and womenfolk
Activity Chart (For 3years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs.4,44,88,800/- (Rupees Four crore forty four lakh eighty eight thousand eight hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 2,24,36,400 (Rs. Two crore twenty four lakh thirty six thousand four hundred only)
2nd Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 1,10,00,400 (Rs. One crore ten thousand four hundred only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) Upto 30.11.2016: 2.38 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
To develop risk assessment tools and processes for identifying negative HWI in the IHR through investigations on HWI and predict potential hotspots of conflict for regular monitoring and development of site specific mitigation efforts Conflict intensity maps and prediction of vulnerable zones for each Forest/Wildlife Division of the five study States. Conflict intensity maps and prediction of vulnerable zones (Nos./ map data)
To understand the biological factors and ranging patterns of selected wildlife species involved in livestock/crop depredation and attacks on people in the IHR Appropriate use of proper analytical tools will help to identify the factors affecting probability of occupancy of the focal species in the study States and also will help to construct a predictive, spatially-explicit species occurrence model for each State No. of demonstration models developed (Nos.)
To develop and implement adaptive management strategies in some of the identified vulnerable areas through community engagement and use of modern science and technological tools and approaches. Density surface models for four carnivores in the selected sites of the selected study States. Population size under different management scenario (No)
Abundance estimates for rhesus macaque and wild pig for the study area will be generated and detailed information on troop abundance and vital rates of macaques will help to determine the population size in different management scenarios. Digital maps for different sites (map data)
Fine scale spatio-temporal data on species specific ranging and movement pattern of individuals involved in conflict scenarios will be generated, additional information on number of individuals present in the conflict prone area will be enumerated and general activity, movement patterns of the species in the conflict prone zones will be documented. No. of document prepared and published (Nos.)
Species and area specific mitigation plans for negative Human-Carnivore Interactions in the IHR will be prepared.






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Aishwarya Maheshwari Ph.D. Project Associate 40,000 + 20%HRA
2. Dipanjan Naha Ph.D. Project Associate 40,000 + 20%HRA
3. Sarvesh Kumar Rai M.V.Sc. Project Veterinarian 40,000 + 20%HRA
4. Akshata Pravin Karnik M.Sc. Project Fellow 16,000 + 20%HRA
5. Anuj Rameshkumar Trivedi M.Sc. Project Fellow
6. Chandra Maya Sharma M.Sc. Project Fellow 16,000 + 20%HRA
7. Deepan M.Sc. Project Fellow
8. Paranjay Kumar Singh M.Sc. Project Fellow
9. Sayli Suresh Sawant M.Sc. Project Fellow 16,000 + 20%HRA
10. Suhridam Roy M.Sc. Project Fellow
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. Contingency - 2,69,644.00
2. 1. 4 Satellite Collar
2. 10 GPS Collar
3. 24 VHF Collar
4. 1 AGROS/IRIDIUM Satellite platform
5. 12 telemetry receiver
6. 2 Hand-held terminal
7. 100 Transponders/ macaque
- 1,23,282
3. 12 Binoculars - 70,516
4. 12 GPS -
5. 2 Spotting scopes - 43,121/-
6. 1 Laptop -
7. 200 Camera traps - 32,52,600/-
8. 250 Data Loggers - -
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Last Updated on: 26.03.2019