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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:

Understanding the degradation and loss of primary forest in the Teesta valley of the


Sikkim Himalaya: A framework for recovery and management of biodiversity and bioresources

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:

Location of the project area in the state of Sikkim in the Eastern Himalaya. Project area will extend to 3300 m a.s.l. The landscape of project area is located within latitudes 27.12°N to 27.72°N and longitudes 88.02°E to 88.82°E.

Organization/ Implementation Agency:

Dr. Robert Jhon Chandran

Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata (WB)

Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
KCC, Geyzing, Sikkim Field surveys, secondary data compilations, community mobilization, awareness, etc.
Lead Proponent:

Dr. Robert Jhon Chandran

Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata (WB)

Project Brief Description: The species-rich forests of the Sikkim Himalaya have witnessed considerable deforestation and degradation in recent decades. The implications of these changes on plant biodiversity, bio-resources, climate change, and sustainability are not well understood. So, the present study focuses on the landscape in the Teesta valley in the heart of the Sikkim Himalaya to measure changes in the vegetation and to analyse the influence of institutional, socioeconomic, and community context with regard to this changes. Also, focus on future planning and management of biodiversity and bio-resources is laid. To achieve the aforesaid objectives, geospatial tools and ecological methods will be used. The outcomes of the project include the bio-resource map of the area, database on the vegetation of the study areas, maps on vegetation types of the region. The beneficiaries of the project include various departments of the Government of Sikkim, including Forest, Agriculture and Rural Development, along with local stake holders. The project falls under the broad thematic group of ‘Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity’ of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies(NMHS).
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders:

• Various departments of the Government of Sikkim, including Forest, Agriculture, and Rural Development.

• Scientific communities and practitioners working on the issues in IHR.

• Local communities in the study region

Activity Chart (For 3 years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs.23,11,200/-( Rupees twenty three lakh eleven thousand two hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.8,31,500/- (Rupees- Eight lakh thirty one thousand five hundred only)
2nd Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.6,96,500 /- (Rupees- Six lakh ninty six thousand five hundred only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) Upto 15.03.2018 : 0.08 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
To obtain robust measures of species diversity, distributions, and community structure for primary forest that occurs in our study area. Detailed high-resolution maps of bio-resource distribution. Detailed, high resolution maps (~5.6 m) of distribution and baseline data of the bio-resources along the Teesta valley of the Sikkim Himalaya (Nos.).
To characterize secondary vegetation formations in detail by measuring species composition, vegetation structure, and gathering data on recent land use. Base line data on populations of bio-resources in altitudinal transects in Sikkim. Knowledge products on interdisciplinary studies on several ecological and biodiversity assessment (Nos.).
To map land ownership patterns in areas classified as primary forest and secondary vegetation and document and analyze the institutional structure and socio-economic background that governs landuse in this region. Research papers on interdisciplinary studies, several ecological and biodiversity assessments Status/ assessment Report on key bio-resources important for local economies and future conservation (Nos./species).
To assess the status of key (or a chosen set) of bioresources that are important for local economies and future conservation efforts.    
To derive detailed land cover map for our study area using high-resolution (~5.6 m) satellite imagery (IRS-LISS IV) and the extensive set of ground control measurements envisaged above.






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Ms. Shivali Dubey B.Tech and M.Tech JRF Rs. 25,000/- per month
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. Digital Camera For documenting site information 25,000/-
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Last Updated on: 23.04.2019