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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:

Population Dynamics and Biogeography of Himalayan Mouse-Hare Ochotona roylei in relation to


their Impact on the Medicinal Flora of Western Himalaya

1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category SG
Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTA : Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

Sub-alpine and alpine region of Himalaya (near Yamunotri, Nanda Devi and Joshimath) at 2500-4500 masl elevation.

Organization/ Implementation Agency: Department of Zoology and Biotechnology, H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar, Garhwal
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
Prof. M.C. Nautiyal, HAPRC, HNBGU For the taxonomy of medicinal plants
Lead Proponent:

Prof.S.N Bahuguna

Department of Zoology & Biotechnology

H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand

Project Brief Description: Small mammals play a prominent role in ecosystem services but often they are neglected in management purposes. The Himalayan mouse-hare population in the country has been adversely affected by the fragmentation of natural habitats, which leads to considerably limiting its frequent movement. The current study focuses on identifying the habitat of the mouse hare based on the altitudinal gradient besides assessing the population status. Also, emphasis on feeding habits will be given prior importance along with understanding the effects of feeding over the local medicinal plant populations. Several population/feeding ecology models will be used to obtain data on the said objectives. The project fits well with the broad thematic group of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS), which include – “Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity”. At the end of the project, data on distribution, status, feeding habits will be made available along with conservation action plans for the species. Beneficiaries of the project include the researchers and local stake holders as this species is over dependent on locally available medicinal plants.
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders: The scientific and research communities working on the ethno-biological importance of sub alpine Himalayan medicinal and aromatic flora.
Activity Chart (for 3 years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs.26,54,200/-( Rupees twenty six lakh fifty four thousand two hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.12,47,200/- (Rupees- Twelve lakh forty seven thousand two hundred only)
2nd Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.4,96,478 /- (Rupees- Four lakh ninty six thousand four hundred seventy eight only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) : 0.16 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
To identify habitat at different altitude rich in Himalayan Mouse-hare populations New knowledge in the form of quantitative and qualitative database on feeding behave by the Himalayan Mouse-hare. Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment Reports on the selective medicinal plants fed by the Himalayan Mouse hare (Nos/ species)
Quantitative and Qualitative study of the selective medicinal plants feeding by the Himalayan Mouse-hare Database on population dynamics and biogeography of the species. Compilation of standard conservation practices to conserve the Himalayan Mouse hare (Nos);
Population dynamics and carrying capacity of Himalayan Mouse-hare versus medicinal plant damage   Standard Protection Practices for MAPs of Western Himalaya (Nos).
To characterize the Biogeographical structure of Himalayan Mouse-hare Knowledge products on variation analysis of population dynamics and biogeography of the species (Nos).
Conservation strategies to conserve the Himalayan Mouse-hare and its impact on medicinal and aromatic flora of Western Himalaya. Women participation in science outreach program (Nos.)






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Ashish Kumar Chowdhary M.Sc.( Zoology) JPF 16,000+ 10% HRA during 1st and 2nd year; 18,000+ 10% HRA during 3rd year
2. Manish Kumar (Now regined on 16th Oct, 2016) 12th Pass Field Assistant 8,000/-
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. Olympus Stereomicroscope with camera attachment For analysis of food material ingested by study specimen and their faecal matter 4,40,000/-

Nikon DSLR Camera (with additional Lens and accessories)

For capturing the habitat and ecological behaviour of study specimen 98,000/-


For incubation during lab studies 68,000/-

Water bath

-- 34,000 /-
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Last Updated on: 23.04.2019