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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

Vegetation heterogeneity and impacts of changing climatic and land use patterns on two contrasting

 

timberline ecotones of Upper Chenab catchment, J & K and conservation strategies thereof



1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category SG
Batch Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTGs: Environmental Assessment and Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered: Site 1: South western part of Chenab catchment named as Kailash Kund circuit.

Site 2: Northeast part of upper Chenab catchment named as Padder sector.
Organization/ Implementation Agency: Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu,

Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road, New University Campus Jammu (J&K)
Project Partners: S.No. Name Role & Responsibilities
1.
Subrata Nandy, IIRS, Dehradun Advisory support for tree line mapping, landscape analyses and niche modelling
2.
Roshan Jaggi, CCF, Jammu Technical and logistic support
3.
Pankaj Raina, Wildlife Warden, Chenab Circle Field logistic and human resource management
4.
A.K. Raina, University of Jammu Remote sensing / GIS application, Soil monitoring
5.
Neeraj Sharma, University of Jammu Field investigation support
Lead Proponent: Prof. Anil K Raina
Professor and Head, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road, New University Campus Jammu (J&K)
Project Brief Description: Timberlines are usually regarded as best indicators of the climate change. But, data on the interdependencies among the community characteristics and environmental variables of timberlines remain scanty. The current project focuses on the effects of climate change in North-Western Himalaya. Various aspects ranging from carrying capacity of timber lines and niche modelling will be done under the present scenario. Various geospatial tools will be used to model the timberlines. Also, aspects on soil profile, anthropogenic activities in timberlines will also be studied. The aspect under current research perfectly complements the broad thematic group of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies(NMHS), which include – “Environmental assessment and management”. Project outcomes include the timberline maps of the North-Western Himalaya which would be useful to check the future shifts in the timberlines. Also, data on the floral communities and pasture lands, soil parameters will be made available along with Timberline management plan. Major beneficiaries of the project include scientific community, line departments (Forest, Wildlife, Agriculture, Horticulture) administrative departments (Rural development, Tourism, CAPD, Tribal Affairs), panchayats and local bodies, and importantly the local communities.
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders: Scientific community, academic and research institutions, govt. line department, panchayats, nomadic populace, pastoralists, local herdmen, pilgrims, tourists, fuel wood collector, TMAP extractors (particularly the women folk)
Activity Chart (For 3 years) Click Here
2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs. 25,21,400/- ( Rupees- Twenty five lakh twenty one thousand four hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 11,42,800/- ( Rupees- Eleven lakh forty two thousand eight hundred only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) : Click Here

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators

Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
To assess the structure, composition and patterns of vegetation in different communities along tree line-rangeland interfaces. Data base on species composition and diversity analyses in J &K Chenab basin. Monitoring in comparison to the baseline information to be provided by proponent
To assess the biomass and productivity of various interface forest-meadow communities. Soil nutrient status report of selected sites. Assessment Report on Species composition and diversity along the selected sites (Nos.).
To study the phenological attributes of important tree line plants and assess the impact of altered climatic conditions on phenology and growth along an altitudinal gradient. Digital Herbarium in the University for conservation education. Site-specific soil nutrients status report and long-term analysis of the data base compiled for regional analyses (Nos.).
Delineation of timberline, landscape dynamics and niche modeling (Betula utilis) using Remote Sensing and GIS. Assessment Report on Phenological response to Climate Change (Nos.).
To identify and categorize the commercially important plants (MAP, RET and fodder) and their ethno-botanical relevance in the forest interfaces. Digital Herbarium compiled (Nos. of species).
To study the anthropogenic influences (grazing, browsing and fire wood pressures) on the course of tree line and its interfaces. Community involved