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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

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)

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: Alpine zone of Uttarakhand, prominent Bugyals around basins of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Bandarpoonch.
Organization/ Implementation Agency: Uttarakhand Space Application Centre (USAC), Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Project Partners: S.No. Name Role & Responsibilities
Uttarakhand State Biodiversity Board Developing the Biodiversity Management committee (BMC) in identified villages, training them about the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) mechanism and preparing the People Biodiversity Registers (PBR). The UKSBB will also develop the capacity of researchers/para-taxonomists/grazers etc. to ensure collecting more reliable information from the remote areas.
Lead Proponent: Dr. Gajendra Singh
Uttarakhand Space Application Centre, Dehradun, UK
Project Brief Description: Uttarakhand known as “Herbal State of India”, is well known for its rich array of high value Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) since time immemorial. Despite the national, state and scattered local initiatives, on the management, conservation and sustainable utilization of MAPs, there still exist wide gaps in the knowledge and understanding in availability of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) resource base in Uttarakhand. The current project focuses on documentation and spatial distribution of Medical Aromatic Plants (MAPs), RET (rare, endangered and threatened) and NTFPs from alpine regions of Uttarakhand and development of a web based Uttarakhand Alpine Information System (UK-AIS). Also, the project focuses on and evolving strategies for Conservation, Development and Harvest (CDH) and future monitoring of MAPs. Various ecological tools and geospatial tools will be used to assess the diversity, distribution of MAPs, RET and NTFPs. 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”. Database on NTFPs, RET and MAPs will be developed along with development of an online portal and a CDH plan. Major beneficiaries of the project include State Forest Department (FD), Uttarakhand State Biodiversity Board and State Medicinal Plant Board (SMPB) and local communities of the region of Garhwal and Kumaun Regions of Uttarakhand.
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders: Communities of prominent Bugyals around basins of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Bandarpoonch
Activity Chart (For 3 years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs. 36,50,400/- ( Rupees- Thirty six lakh fifty thousand four hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 19,60,800/- ( Rupees- Nineteen lakh sixty thousand eight hundred only)
2nd Installment (in Rs.) : Not Sanctioned
Expenditure (in Rs.) Upto 30.11.2017: 0.09 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators

Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
To assess the distribution and abundance of commercially important MAPs, RET (rare, endangered and threatened) and NTFPs from alpine regions of Uttarakhand Web-based information system comprising of current and past data sets. Monitoring in comparison to the baseline information to be provided by proponent.
To generate a spatial distribution and abundance database and ecological characteristics of MAPs for alpine region, Minimum of two CDH (conservation, develop and harvest) plans, each for Kumaon and Garhwal region will be developed. Web-based Online Information System of Distribution and Abundance Patterns of Commercially important MAPs, RETs and NTFPs from the Alpine regions of Uttarakhand (UK-AIS) (Data Nos).
To develop web-based Uttarakhand Alpine Information System (UK-AIS), Distribution and density maps (low, mid and high densities) of MAPs. Manual on Sustainable Harvest Strategies along with Conservation and Long-term Assessment of MAP species (Nos /species).
To evolve strategies for sustainable harvest, future monitoring and conservation of medicinal and aromatic plants. CDH (conservation, development and harvest) plans along with comparative analyses (Nos.).
  Distribution and density maps (low, mid and high densities) (Nos.).






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Mr. Tribhuwan Rana M.Sc. Junior Project Fellow (JPF) 16000/- + (HRA @20%) per month
2. Mr. Umed Singh Intermediate Field Assistant 7500/- per month
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. GPS Garmin Etrax 30x Ground verification, location collection 21000/-

* Dell Tower Server


Web based information system development 2,84,757/- (+tax)
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Last Updated on: 23.04.2019