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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:

Sustainable use of Sikkim Himalayan Biodiversity for socioeconomic development of mountain

 

villages with special reference to Ophiocordyceps sinensis, Hippophae salicifolia, Docynia indica

 

and Rhus chinensis: Technology development, alternative livelihood and conservation



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:

Sikkim Project Sites in Elevation (a) High altitude and (b) Low altitude.

Organization/ Implementation Agency: Department of Botany, Sikkim University, 6th Mile, Samdur, P.O. Tadong- 737102, Gangtok, Sikkim
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
1.
The Mountain Institute of India Development of propagation technology and technology transfer for Ophiocordyceps sinensis, Hippophae salicifolia, Docynia indica and Rhus chinensis for value addition of products
2.
State Biodiversity Board, Sikkim Development of Policy guidelines for the entire value chain by involving relevant government and other associated agencies
Lead Proponent:

Dr. Dhani Raj Chhetri

Sikkim University, Gangtok, Sikkim

Project Brief Description: Sikkim state a part of Eastern Himalaya is well endowed with wide variety of Non-timber Forest Produce (NTFP) including underutilized medicinal plants. These become a part of local economy thus helping in the sustenance of the local communities. But, anthropogenic activities like cattle grazing, habitat loss and over harvesting have led to decline in the population of the species in their natural habitats. In this context, the present study tries to emphasise on four important medicinal plant species viz., Ophiocordyceps sinensis, Hippophaesalicifolia, Docynia indica and Rhuschinensis. Using geospatial tools, the habitat of this species is mapped along with understanding the effects of climate change on them. Also, modern propagation methods will be employed to conserve the species along with establishment of market chains for equal benefit sharing among the local communities. The current project perfectly fits with the broad thematic group of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS), which include – “Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity”, “Supplementary livelihood options for local communities” and “Human capacity building including promotion of microenterprises and green technologies”. The major beneficiaries of the project are the 350 families in various localities of Sikkim who will be well trained through capacity building workshops and trainings.
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders:

• Members of Dzumsa traditional institutions in Lachen and Lahung villages in North Sikkim

• IHR farming communities

• Research and local community institutions

Activity Chart (For 3 years) Click Here


2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs.94,19,600/-( Rupees ninety four lakh nineteen thousand six hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 38,02,400/- (Rupees- Thirty eight lakh two thousand four hundred only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) Upto 07.12.2016 : Click Here


3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
Population and habitat assessment, ecological niche modelling and conservation of Ophiocordyceps sinensis, Hippophae salicifolia, Docynia indica and Rhus chinensis in the Sikkim Himalaya (SU) Ecological Niche Modelling methods developed. No. of communities benefitted (Nos).
Impact of climate change on the ecology of the selected species (TMII) Establishment and standardization of protocol for value added product development (Hippophae salicifolia, Docynia indica and Rhus chinensis) communities. Methods and knowledge products developed and published out of the projects (Nos.)
Value chain analysis, establishment of forward and backward linkages, and prospects of Access and Benefit Sharing of the selected species (SBB) Standardization of propagation techniques for selected species. Propagation techniques standardized (species No.)
Nutritional analysis, and protocol development of Hippophae salicifolia, Docynia indica and Rhus chinensis for value addition of products (SU) Establishment of mechanism of organic certification in collaboration with the Directorate of Organic Mission of Agriculture and Cash Crop Development Department, Government of Sikkim. Value chain established (No. of beneficiaries)
Development of propagation technology and technology transfer for Hippophae salicifolia, Docynia indica and Rhus chinensis to target beneficiaries (TMII) Development of guidelines for the entire value chain in collaboration with the relevant government and other marketing agencies.  
Development of Policy guidelines for the entire value chain by involving relevant government and other associated agencies (SBB)  

 

 

 

 

 

S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Mr. Aditya Pradhan M.Sc. JPF NA
2. Miss Bindhya Subba M.Sc. JPF NA
3. Dr. Santosh Kumar Chettri Ph.D JPF NA
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. Camera (1) Photography Rs. 86999.39
2. Data Logger(1) Not Specified Rs. 101181.36
3. Soxhlet Apparatus (2) Not Specified Rs.23102.84
4. Balance (1) Not Specified Rs.122513.00
5. GPS (1) Not Specified Rs. 34099.00
6. Digital pH Meter (1) Not Specified Rs.9239.00
7. Laptop (1) Not Specified Rs. 100000.00
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Last Updated on: 15.06.2018