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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:

Establishment of Gene Pool, Propagation and Ex-Situ Conservation of selected sensitive high


altitude Medicinal and Aromatic plant species and Nature Interpretation Site (NIS) for creating


Awareness among the various stakeholders

1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category MG
Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTA : Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

Field Research Station and Herbal Garden at Tungnath (3400 m asl) and Pothibasa (2200 m asl) of Districts Rudraprayag.

The extension of the agro-technology and scientific information generated in the project will be done in the selected clusters of Ukhimath (Kalimath & Makku clusters) block of Districts Rudraprayag, Ghat (Sitel Cluster) and Dewal (Ghesh cluster) blocks of District Chamoli and Kaphkote (Jhuni cluster) block of District Bageshwar, respectively.

Organization/ Implementation Agency:

High Altitude Plant Physiology Research Centre (HAPPRC)

Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University

Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
Lead Proponent:

Dr. M. C. Nautiyal

High Altitude Plant Physiology Research Centre (HAPPRC)

Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University Srinagar (Garhwal)

Project Brief Description: Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPS) represent a consistent part of the natural biodiversity endowment of many countries. The increasing demand for MAPS have been met by indiscriminate harvesting of spontaneous flora, including those found only in higher Himalayan region. This has resulted in severe loss of population and genetic diversity and particularly the sensitive plant species i.e. rare, endangered, threatened and endemic ones for various purposes. This project therefore is aimed to establish the gene pool, propagation (seeds, vegetative parts, in vitro), multiplication, ex–situ conservation, development of nature interpretation site and large scale planting materials to minimize the scarcity of planting materials of sensitive plant species and generation of base line data on climatic change and global warming within for the purposes of scientific studies, cultivation and product development. The project will develop a minimum 15 lakh seedlings/ propagules of selected species and simultaneously, 10.0 h (approximate 500 nali& 500 farmers) land will be covered under cultivation of the selected species in selected blocks of Uttarakhand. Furthermore, generated agro-technology and scientific information to real users will be made available through training, exposure visit and organizing tours. The project falls under the broad thematic group of “Environmental assessment and management” of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS).
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders:

• IHR farming communities

• Local and community institutions working on medicinal plants cultivation and ecotourism.

• Research institutions and private industries.

Activity Chart (For 3 years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs.2,07,96,000/-( Rupees Two crore seven lakh ninety six thousand only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 1,34,05,600/- (Rupees one crore thirty four lakh five thousand six hundred only)
2nd Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 35,05,600/- (Rupees Thirty five lakh five thousand six hundred only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) : 1.11 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
Ensure the ex-situ maintenance of various listed sensitive plant species (rare, endangered, threatened and endemic ones) of medicinal and aromatic importance in 2.5 ha of land and establishing site for nature interpretation, long run scientific studies and for use of various stakeholders. 15 lakh seedlings developed and Propagation and multiplication (minimum 15 lakh seedlings/ propagules of selected species). No of sapling developed and propagated (No. of saplings/species)
Development of the site (Alpine Research Station, Tungnath) as educational tourism spot. Conversion of 10ha land into cultivation of selected high value species Area of high altitude land cultivated under project (ha)
Development of the large scale planting materials (approximate 15 lakh seedlings) to meet out the growing demand of planting materials by different stakeholders for the purpose of new investigation and cultivation/plantation. Conversion of 10ha land into cultivation of selected high value species Database on climate and CO2 (sheest/Nos)
Observation on baseline climatic information (i.e. minimum and maximum temperature, humidity, rainfall, snow fall etc) of the project site and observation on growth and yield of selected species under simulated conditions (OTCs). Development of one new site for nature lover and as educational tourism spot. Framers/ Community groups trained (Nos)
Transfer of developed information, technology and planting materials (elite one) to farmer/CBOs for livelihood opportunity through training, cultivation (approximate 10 h lands) and marketing as well as ex situ conservation. Generation of base line data on climate and increased CO2 concentration will help in identifying the assumption of climate change and its effect on plant growth. Publications of knowledge products (No.)
  Communication mechanism with community through awareness campaigns and trainings.
Provide planting materials to different stakeholders particularly farmers and community organizations for plantation/cultivation.






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Dr. B.S. Mengwal Ph.D. Research Scientist 26000 + 10% HRA
2. Mr. Pardeep Dobhal M.Sc. JPF 16000 + 10% HRA
3. Mr. Jaidev Chauhan M.Sc. JPF 16000 + 10% HRA
4. Mr. Subham Bhatt Intermediate Office/Lab Assistant 10000 + 10% HRA
5. Mr. Sanjay Singh Intermediate Field Assistant 10000 + 10% HRA
6. Mr. Durga Prasad Gairola Intermediate Lab/Office Assistant 11000 + 10% HRA
7. Mr. Kamlesh Chandra Pant BSc. Daily Wage 359/day
8. Mr. Govind Intermediate Daily Wage 359/day
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. Rain Gauging (22) 5,88,000/-
2. Flow probe (04)   7,50,000/-
3. Soil moisture and temperature sensor (08)   9,63,950/-
4. Automatic weathering Station & ET station (04)   24,04,967/-
5. Spectrophotometer Prove 100   3,20,250/-
6. Handheld GPS   1,20,525/-
7. Automatic Weather Monitoring System   11,84,129/-
8. Seed germinator   5,84,100/-
9. SS field distillation Unit   2,98,000/-
10. Shadehouse   3,30,000/-
10. Prefabricated Detachable Temporary Hutment   9,95,000/-
11. Polyhouse   3,90,000/-
12. Photovoltaic Power Generating System   12,87,000/-
13. Open Top Chambers   14,85,000/-
14. Laminar Air Flow   2,47,800/-
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Last Updated on: 15.04.2019