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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

Identification, assessment and enhancement of soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration potential of


different ecosystems in the central Himalayan through a participatory approach

1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category SG
Batch Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTA : Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered: Three experimental sites will be selected amongst the selected districts of Uttarakhand based on climate, elevation, land-use-land-cover and cropping system
Organization/ Implementation Agency: ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan (VPKAS), Almora, Uttarakhand
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
KVK, Chinyalisaur, Uttarkashi Dissemination of improved agricultural technologies and practices to the farming community.
KVK, Kafligair, Bageshwar
Lead Proponent: Shri. V.S. Meena
Scientist (Soil Science), ICAR-VPKAS, Almora, Uttarakhand
Project Brief Description: Sustaining Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) and Soil Total Nitrogen (STN) are extremely important for maintaining soil quality. The SOC and STN affects soil fertility and ecological sustainability, and SOC storage can also mitigate the increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations on a decadal timescale or longer. In this context, an assumption converting land under annual crops into perennial grasslands has the potential to increase C and N sequestration to be investigated in this project. Three experimental sites (Badethi, Hawalbagh and BholnaNaghar villages) having different land use/land cover and cropping system will be used to measure CN sequestration. Yield gap estimation, BMPs, FIE, soil degradation, SOC pools, RMPs, IMPs will also help in determining the impact of the study Based on the generated data and results, major outcomes of the project will be CN sequestration potential of different ecosystem, identification of soil degradation indicators, community behavior towards CN sequestration, policy options for enhancing CN sequestration potential etc. and its benefits toward the community, researchers and policy makers. Finally, pre and post implementation observation in site specific technology demonstrated to local community (~ 325 households and ~ 1350 farming population). High quality training tools will be also utilized for capacity building. The project falls under the broad thematic group-‘Environmental assessment and management’ of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies.
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders: Farming communities in the target area comprising ~325 households and ~1350 farmers; approx. 150 progressive farmers will also be trained
Activity Chart (For 3 years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs. 33,46,000/- ( Rupees- Thirty three lakh forty six thousand only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 12,29,000/- ( Rupees- Twelve lakh twenty nine thousand only)
2nd Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 9,94,000/- ( Rupees- Nine lakh ninty four thousand only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) : 0.18 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators

Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
To assess the soil organic carbon (SOC) and soil total nitrogen (STN) under different land use, land cover and cropping system (forest to agriculture ecosystem) in lower, middle and high Himalayas of Uttarakhand state. Data base and digital maps on soil cover, soil quality and cropping system in different transects of Uttarakhand. Monitoring in comparison to the baseline information to be provided by proponent.
To estimate C and N sequestration potential under selected pilot sites in community and measure the socio-economic and environmental benefits of improved land management practices. Development of pilot field sites for long term monitoring and data collection on soil quality and demonstration of land management practices. Data base and digital maps on the selected soil parameter (Nos).
To provide capacity building and training on the optimal land use and land management options to promote environmental awareness, to sequester C and N, enhance land productivity to combat land degradation in Indian Himalayas. Knowledge products like papers, training manuals on c & N sequestration potential. No. of long-term monitoring systems established Nos/ Area in ha).
To provide information and policy options for the use of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) sinks in transferring C and N from the atmosphere to soil system. Training of 150 master trainers on land management. Models and knowledge products developed and published out of the projects (Nos).
Policy guidelines on use of carbon and nitrogen sinks in transferring C and N from atmosphere. Communities/ households engaged in Trainings/ Awareness Camps/ Workshops (Nos.).
  Master trainers/ Women participation in science outreach programmes (Nos.).
S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Sanjay Singh Negi 10th Field staff Rs. 8000/month
2. Neeraj Kumar 10th Field staff Rs. 8000/month
3. Narendra Singh Mehta 10th Field staff Rs. 8000/month
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. Yodar apparatus assembly Estimation of mean weight diameter and water stable aggregated for fraction based study 1,50,000.00
2. Core soil sampler kit For measurement of soil bulk density 25,000.00
3. Soil auger-assembly Proper depth wise soil sampling 25,000.00
4. Hand held advance GPS For acquiring real-time, accurate geographical information of sampling points (boundary, area, altitude etc.) 25,000.00
5. Portable digital balance Soil and plant samples weighing 10,000.00
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Last Updated on: 23.04.2019