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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

State Government Projects (SGPs)

State Government Projects (SGPs)

Addressing the specific issues of Himalayan States, National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) has proposed to work in close collaboration with State Biodiversity Boards (SBB) and other state agencies on burning problems of the IHR states. In view of this, NMHS has launched the State Government Projects (SGPs) under the Demand Driven Action Research for different State Government Organizations. The objectives of these projects grants are (i) involve the State Government Organization to conduct science based development activities on state specific issues and (ii) upgrade skill and create employment opportunities for Himalayan residents, which is done either through execution of action-oriented activities or development of field based models for various agencies working for the development of the IHR. In this context, NMHS has sanctioned 5 (five) State Government Projects (SGPs) which are being coordinating by the State Forest Department.

Overall Objective

Delineate possible corridors linking the Tiger Reserve and PA’s with surrounding landscape;
Examine the functionality of these corridors in terms of their suitability for maintaining dispersal of large mammals, especially tigers, in order to maintain meta-population dynamics in the Terai Landscape;
Identify critical points along the corridors with high probability of negative human-wildlife interface;
Rejuvenate the Rispana River;
Replenish and restore the river ecology and biodiversity;
Eco- restoration of degraded forest land and development of eco-models for the livelihood improvement and employment generation;
Qualitative improvement of degraded forest land;Eco-restoration of wasteland;
Development of eco-models for the livelihood improvement and employment generation;
Upliftment of marginal and weaker section of society (e.g. Women, village people) etc. by providing direct and indirect employment through new eco-tourism activities;
Creating Environmental Awareness on information on forest and wildlife;
Create the platform for the spiritual tourism.

Ongoing Projects: 05 (MG-5)

1 Dispersal, Communication and Conservation Strategies for Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) in Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. (State - Uttarakhand)
2 Rejuvenation of Rispana River in Uttarakhand. (State- Uttarakhand)
3 Eco-Restoration Activities in Nachan Forest Division. (State - Himachal Pradesh)
4 Eco-Restoration and up-gradation of Degraded Forest Land into an Eco-Model (Nature Park). (State - Himachal Pradesh)
5 Eco-Restoration Proposal for Chaurasi Kutia. (State- Uttarakhand)

Measurable Targets up to 2020

Initiate State-wise programme for rejuvenation of Himalayan Springfed rivers
Monitoring of water quality and ecological integrity of selected springs, lakes and rivers
Demonstration of eco-restoration models in selected IHR States
Creation of new eco-tourism opportunities in selected sites in the IHR
Policy implications and impacts publication – Policy briefs, research papers, bulletins, report etc
Assessment of ecosystem health and harnessing potential for overall development by involving State Biodiversity Board (SBB) and BRs
Linking integrity profiles in conservation policy framework through SBBs and BR scheme in 12 states

Monitoring Indicators

Periodic submission on region-specific Corridor Atlas/ best practices/ demonstrative models (No.);
No. of Corridors delineated linking Tiger Reserve and PAs with analytical depiction showing decrease in human-wildlife conflicts;
No. of identified critical points along the corridors to minimize the human-wildlife conflicts;
Policy/ strategic framework/ draft (No.) for assisting the regional decision-making in scaling up the process, i.e. Strategic Framework on Minimizing the Human-Wildlife Conflicts in the identified area;
Other Publications and Knowledge Products (Nos.), including Assessment Report on the Habitat Quality of the Forest Corridors in terms of large mammal movement in the identified landscape;
Periodic Submission of Baseline Surveys and Assessment Reports for no. of spring sheds and streams treated etc.;
No of water harvesting structures made;
Plantation activities completed (Ha);

No. of Awareness Raising/ Capacity Building (No. of Rural Youth, No. of Women, and Total No. of Beneficiaries);

No. of Conservation Activities conducted with key analytical findings and stakeholders (No.) benefitted;

No. of Stakeholders benefitted (No. of Rural Youth, No. of Women, No. of Households, and Total No. of Beneficiaries);

No. of Awareness Raising/ Capacity Building (No. of Rural Youth, No. of Women, and Total No. of Beneficiaries);

• Progress of structures developed (No.);


Corridor atlas (6–8 No.) suitable for the movement of large mammalian species and identify bottlenecks where management inputs will be required for minimizing human–wildlife conflicts;
Assessment reports on the habitat quality of the forest corridors for large mammal movement in the landscape;
River rejuvenation model based on plantation of Baanj, Bamboo and other suitable species at degraded forest of Chamasari (135 ha.);
Catchment treatment of springsheds and streams (16 No.);
Improved river flow and ecology through eco-conservation, as compared to the baseline data/ status submitted;
Eco-restoration model on Training of groups of identified farmers;
Enhanced tourism potential of the area from existing 2 lakh per year by 30%;
Land reclamation/ up-gradation of Degraded Land (15 ha);
Livelihood generation through eco-tourism in new areas (10 villages);
Improved public and Forest Interface (image Building of Forest Staff);
Provide alternate Eco-tourism attraction in the area;
Achievements till date ...


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Last Updated on: 23.04.2019