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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 Selection, Monitoring and Evaluation

The selection of the projects, i.e. studies/pilots/interventions will be based, wherever possible, on the fulfilment of certain basic criteria regarding their objectives, approach and competence available. The institutes/individual experts shall have excellence and creativity in the field of Himalayan Studies. The Scheme targets promoting novel initiatives in the form of innovative studies/pilots/ interventions, which could be in the nature of pioneering efforts, aimed at catalyzing sustainable approaches to environmental conservation and sustainable livelihoods through community- based natural resource management, demonstrating a promising methodology or making a distinct impact on the Himalayan rural poverty situation through scalable initiatives.

The studies demonstrating strategies to create long-term and sustainable livelihood opportunities and covering wider landscapes of considerably large ecological significance would be given emphasis/weightage. Further, studies helping formulation and implementation of any innovative skill development programme, promotion of green infrastructure/technology, market linkages, and capacity building, etc. will remain in the focus. It is well understood that given the bio-physical and socio-cultural diversity of Himalayan region and also considering prevailing disparity in economic status, the Indian Himalayan states will have differential needs and priorities to be addressed through in-depth studies. Therefore, to provide equal opportunity to such needs/priorities of the Himalayan states to be covered under NMHS, representation of all Himalayan States has been ensured in STAG. Also, to reduce the regional biases and/or to minimize the location disadvantages in expressing the competence as project proponent's all efforts will be made to provide equal opportunities for Institutions/ individual experts from different parts of the Himalaya by way of organizing regional awareness and pre-proposal workshops/meetings. The Project Management Unit (PMU) will periodically organize such events. While periodically reviewing the progress of studies, the STAG will advise mid-term corrections, if any, and accept the Final Technical Report (FTR) arising out of pilot project/study/intervention, etc. The FTR will be placed before Secretary (MoEF&CC) for his consideration and acceptance in the event of unavoidable delay in holding of the STAG meeting. As indicated, the overall implementation of National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) would be monitored periodically, at least twice in a year, by the Steering Committee under the Chairmanship of the Secretary MoEF&CC. The committee will make policy decisions including mid-term corrections, if required any.

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