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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

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Small Grants (SG) Projects

The main aim of the SG is to finance small projects with a total budgetary outlay of not more than 50 lakhs to support strategic and tailor-made local community action for management of IHR ecosystems and their use on a sustainable basis. Small Projects are meant to support local NGOs/ agencies/ individuals, which/ who are often best positioned to work with local communities and possess a good understanding of local ecological and social-institutional conditions.

The SG implementation follows a strategic approach by targeting a well-defined geographic and/or thematic area prioritised by the NMHS Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) with the long-term view to develop the resilience of ecosystem-dependent mountain communities. As an overarching principle, the SG projects shall be problem- oriented and shall remain grounded and linked with the realities and needs of local communities.

Apart from providing direct environmental and livelihood benefits locally, the SG projects are expected to offer tangible 'models' to inspire policy-making and they should include concrete measures to ensure participation, gender equality and secure livelihoods for the marginalized groups. In this way, the SG projects will help in linking the household and community level to the dynamics of policy- and decision-making about mountain area planning and investment.

Ongoing Small Grants Projects for Financial Year 2016-17

S. No. Project Title Project Proponent Total Grants
(in Rs.)
1st Installment
(in Rs.)
Half Yearly Progress Report Details
Ecological monitoring and status of fish fauna in hydropower affected Alaknanda- Bhagirathi- Ganga Rivers Prof.Prakash Nautiyal
Department of Zoology & Biotechnology HNB Garhwal University Srinagar, Uttarakhand.
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Environmental monitoring and assessment of climate change of tourism affected Himalayan sub regions of Shimla and Chamba (HP) Dr.Sunil Mittal
Centre for Environmental Science and Technology Central University of Punjab, Bhathinda.
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Capacity building on bamboo treatment techniques for promotion of Earthquake Resilient Housings and Structures in Hill regions of Tripura Dr. Pawan K. Kausik Centre for Forest- based Livelihoods & Extension Shal Bagan Forest Campus, PO- Gandhigram Agartala, Tripura
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Conservation of local ecology, and degraded or wasteland management through “Rambans” (Agave) plantation and generation of availability of resources in villages for providing base to livelihood activities Sh. Satish Kandwal
Girish Grih Udyog Evam Resha Uttpadn Samit Kimsar, Kaleshwar Press, Badrinath Marg, Kotdwar Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand
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Bamboo bricks/laminates from BMFs (Bamboo Micron Fibres) for low cost housing structures for North Eastern Himalayan region Dr. S. Halder
Department of Mechanical Engineering NIT Silchar Assam
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Livelihood improvement and empowerment of rural poor through quality bulb production in cut flowers under temperate conditions of Kashmir Valley Dr. Z.A. Bhat
Division of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir Shalimar, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
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Promotion of High Value-Low volume crops based enterprises in Higher Himalayas of Uttarakhand Sh. B.M. Kandpal
Society for Integrated Management of All Resources Village- Haat Kalyani, Post Office: Dewal Uttarakhand
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Restoration of Ecosystem Services by Community Involvement in Rudrasagar Lake of Tripura Dr. Sourabh Deb
Department of Forestry and Biodiversity Tripura University, Suryamaninangar, West Tripura, Tripura 799022
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Last Updated on: 18.10.2018