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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:

Technology Development, Management and Long-term Monitoring of Shifting Cultivation and Coal


Mining in North-eastern India

1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category LG
Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTGs: Environment Assessment and Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

Site I:Seven states of North-Eastern India (for shifting cultivation area monitoring)

Site II: Two states viz., Meghalaya and Assam (for coal mining area restoration).

Organization/ Implementation Agency: North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
Dr. K. Sarma, Indraprashtha University, Delhi Identification and mapping of coal mine areas in north-eastern India along a time gradient
Dr. M.D. Behera, IIT, Kharagpur

• Long-term ecological monitoring of shifting cultivation areas using imageries and GIS along a temporal and spatial scale.

• Depict the changes in cropping pattern in shifting cultivation.

Dr. S.R. Joshi, North-Eastern Hill University Shillong

• Screening of local microbes for potential application in AMD treatment.

• Development of a microbial consortium for AMD treatment to be a part of the integrated technology for AMD treatment.

• Rhizobium and phosphorus solubilizing bacteria inoculation in shifting cultivation plots, and mycorrhizal inoculation for quality planting material.

Lead Proponent:

Prof. S.K. Barik

Department of Botany

North-Eastern Hill University Shilong, Meghalaya

Project Brief Description: North eastern India is one among the Biodiversity rich regions of the world. But this region faces threats due to anthropogenic activities viz., coal mining, shifting cultivation, alien species invasionalong with natural disasters like landslides. The current project focuses on addressing the four major concerns of the region: Invasive alien species, landslide sensitive zone mapping, environmental and ecological monitoring of coal mines and shifting cultivated areas. The project fits well with the broad thematic group- ‘Environmental assessment and management’ of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS)and addresses the Thematic areas of Work (TAW) (i) Long term ecological/environmental monitoring, (ii) Natural and man-made disaster risk reduction and (iii) Invasive alien species. Methods like geospatial tools amalgamated with the ecological inventory methods are used to monitor the effects of mining and other activities. Various datasets and models will be developed to address the above issue in north eastern India which include restoration of the affected areas, risk maps on landslides and controlling methods for invasive alien species. The data will be useful to various communities of the society along with the governmental agencies viz., forest departments, border road organisation etc. The beneficiaries of the project include the governmental agencies and local stake holders.
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders: The project beneficiaries include shifting cultivators, coal miners and mining affected populations, and indigenous/local communities belonging to scheduled tribe categories.
Activity Chart (For 3years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs. 2,85,65,600/- ( Rupees- Two crore eighty five lakh sixty five thousand six hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.96,17,600/- ( Rupees- Ninety six lakh seventeen thousand six hundred only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) Upto 30.11.2016: Click Here

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
Long-term ecological monitoring of shifting cultivation areas in seven states of North-Eastern India, and technology/ model development for restoration/ improvement of shifting cultivation Sustainable management of degraded forest ecosystem. Number of shifting cultivation (Jhum) plots (in Nos) developed.
Environmental monitoring of coal mining areas in North-Eastern India, and technology development for treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD) and restoration of coal mine affected areas in two states viz., Meghalaya and Assam. Enhancement benefits from agriculture activities Area of land brought under Settled cultivation (ha)
  Diversification of livelihood Productivity maintained (t/ha)
Sustainable utilization of bioresources Improvement in economic condition/ income of the shifting cultivator (in Rs.)
Sustainable management of coal mine affected ecosystems, reduced pollution in adjoining forests, wetlands and agriculture ecosystems. Acid mine drainage problem is reduced/resolved (% from baseline)
  Mine spoils and abandoned mine areas are rehabilitated (ha)
Ecosystems affected by mining start recovering (comparable digital maps)






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Dr. Subhro Banerjee Ph.D. (Biotechnology) Research Associate III Rs. 40,000/- per month + 10% HRA
2. Dr. AnamikaUpadhaya Ph.D. (Environmental Science) Research Associate I Rs. 36,000/- per month + 10% HRA
3. Dr. Namita Thapa Ph.D. (Botany) Research Associate I Rs. 36,000/- per month + 10% HRA
4. Ms. Lily Shylla M.Sc. (Biotechnology) Junior Project Fellow Rs. 16,000/- per month + 10% HRA for the 1st two years and Rs. 18,000/- per month + 10% HRA for the 3rd year
5. Mr. Mansan M. Rynghang Graduate Field Attendant Rs. 10,000/- per month for 1st two years and Rs. 11,000/- per month for 3rd year
6. Mr. Marshall Pyngrope Class XII passed Field Assistant Rs. 8,000/- per month for 1st two years and Rs. 9,000/- per month for 3rd year
7. Mr. BhaboklangLyngdoh Graduate Field Assistant Rs. 8,000/- per month for 1st two years and Rs. 9,000/- per month for 3rd year
8. Mr. Ranjit Kumar Rai Class VIII passed Field Assistant Rs. 8,000/- per month for 1st two years and Rs. 9,000/- per month for 3rd year
9. Mr. Dipu Choudhary Class X passed Field Assistant Rs. 8,000/- per month for 1st two years and Rs. 9,000/- per month for 3rd year
10. Mr. PynshlurlangSyiem Class IX passed Field Assistant Rs. 8,000/- per month for 1st two years and Rs. 9,000/- per month for 3rd year
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. Workstation Data storage and analysis 1, 98,000
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