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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

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Small Grants (SG) Projects

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The main aim of the SG is to finance small projects with a total budgetary outlay of not more than 50 lakhs to support strategic and tailor-made local community action for management of IHR ecosystems and their use on a sustainable basis. Small Projects are meant to support local NGOs/ agencies/ individuals, which/ who are often best positioned to work with local communities and possess a good understanding of local ecological and social-institutional conditions.

The SG implementation follows a strategic approach by targeting a well-defined geographic and/or thematic area prioritised by the NMHS Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) with the long-term view to develop the resilience of ecosystem-dependent mountain communities. As an overarching principle, the SG projects shall be problem- oriented and shall remain grounded and linked with the realities and needs of local communities.

Apart from providing direct environmental and livelihood benefits locally, the SG projects are expected to offer tangible 'models' to inspire policy-making and they should include concrete measures to ensure participation, gender equality and secure livelihoods for the marginalized groups. In this way, the SG projects will help in linking the household and community level to the dynamics of policy- and decision-making about mountain area planning and investment.

SG Projects Approved for Financial Year 2015-16

S. No. Project Title Project Proponent Total Grants
(in Rs.)
1st Installment
(in Rs.)
Half yearly Progress Report Details
Geomorphic characterization of flash floods and mass wasting in upper Ganga terrain of Garhwal Himalaya: role of climate - tectonic interaction in gradation processes" Dr. A.K. Pandey, CSIR, National Geophysical Research Institute Uppal Road, Hyderabad
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Development of psychrophilic earthworms for bio-waste conversion in Guraj and Tulail valleys of Jammu & Kashmir Dr. Tahir Ahmad Sheikh, Assistant professor (Agronomy), Chief Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Shalimar, Srinagar, J&K
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Identification, assessment and enhancement of soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration potential of different ecosystems in the central Himalayan through a participatory approach Shri. V.S. Meena, Scientist (Soil Science), ICAR-VPKAS, Almora, Uttarakhand
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Conservation strategies for Taxus wallichiana and Ulmus wallichiana by DNA markers and geospatial technology Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj, Centre for Plant Sciences, Central University of Punjab Mansa Road, Bathinda, Punjab
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Fish Faunal Diversity, Habitat Ecology and their Conservation strategies of the Kameng River system in Arunachal Pradesh Dr. Dandadhar Sarma, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, Guwahati, AssamDr. Dandadhar Sarma, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam
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Population dynamics and Biogeography of Himalayan Mouse-Hare Ochotona roylei in relation to their impact on the medicinal flora of Western Himalaya Prof. S.N. Bahuguna, Department of Zoology & Biotechnology, H.N.B Garhwal University, Srinagar-Garhwal, Uttarakhand
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Survey and Mapping of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPS) and other RET/NTFPs on alpine regions of Uttarakhnad and developing Uttarakhand-Alpine Information System (UK-AIS) Dr. Gajendra Singh, Uttarakhand Space Application Centre, Dehradun, UK
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Understanding the degradation and loss of primary forest in the Teesta valley of the Sikkim Himalaya: a framework for recovery and management of biodiversity and bioresources Dr. Robert Jhon Chandran, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata (WB)
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Post-Fire Management in the Pine Forests of Indian Himalayan Region By studying, conserving and distributing cultivable microbial biota to increase ecological succession and to revive forest productivity Prof. Adesh K Saini, Center of Himalayan Research on Himalayan Sustainability and Development, Shoolini university of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan (HP)
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Drinking Water Security for Rural Areas in Uttarakhand Himalayas by Riverbank Filtration, Robust Disinfection Systems and Community Participation Er. P.S. Patwal Cooperation Centre for Riverbank Filration (CCRBF), Dehradun.
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Vegetation heterogeneity and impacts of changing climatic and land use patterns on two contrasting timberline ecotones of Upper Chenab catchment, J & K and conservation strategies thereof Prof. Anil K Raina, Professor and Head, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road, New University Campus Jammu (J&K)
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