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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 (NLC)

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 is 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, among others, National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) has been launched by Govt. of India. This mission 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.




The main aim of Him-Nature Learning Center is to educate, engage, and empower community to positively impact their local environments. Specific objectives of the Centre are:


• Educate different stakeholders to understand our environment, our heritage, and our connection to natural systems. For promoting the conservation and management of biodiversity (representative flora and fauna of sub-tropical, temperate and alpine region of IHR)

• Engage people to actively use natural spaces by harnessing the available knowledge database and become stewards of the natural world

• Empower people to embrace nature, new perspectives, and sustainable practices by developing the training, demonstration and dissemination material

• Maintaining the knowledge sharing relations with other similar Learning Centres in IHR, country or elsewhere in the world.

Approved Him-NLC for Financial Year 2017-18

S. No. Him-NLC Title Lead Proponent Total Grants
(in Rs.)
1st Installment
(in Rs.)
Half Yearly Progress Report Details
Him-Nature Learning Centre (NLC)-Assam Shri Abhay Kumar Johari, IFS Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Climate Change and Biodiversity) Aranya Bhawan,Assam
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Him-Nature Learning Centre (NLC)-Manipur Shri Anurag Bajpayee, CCF, Manipur Zoological Garden Imphal, Manipur
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Him-Nature Learning Centre (NLC)-Tripura Shri Prasenjit Biswas, IFS PCCF (wildlife) Government of Tripura
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Him-Nature Learning Centre (NLC)- Nagaland Dr. S.P..Tripathi, Chief wildlife Warden/Director, Nagaland Zoological Park
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Him-Nature Learning Centre (NLC)- Himachal Pradesh Divisional Forest Officer, Great Himalayan National Park, Shamshi, Distr. Kullu Himachal Pradesh
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