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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

University / Organisation Name:

Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, Uttarakhand

1. Fellowship Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Year 2015-2016
Fellowship Duration 3 Years

1. Livelihood Options and Employment Generation

2. Biodiversity Conservation and Management

3. Skill Development and Capacity Building

Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

1.Buffer zone of Dhauladhar Wildlife Sanctuary, North-Western Himalaya (Himachal Pradesh) 2.Western Himalaya (Pithoragarh district Uttarakhand) 3.Eastern Himalaya (Sikkim) 4.Western Himalaya (HP) 5.Western Himalayan (UK), Pithoragarh district 6.Western Himalaya Lesser Himalaya 7.Trans-Himalaya 8.Uttarakhand & Sikkim (Bhagirathi & Teesta valleys) 9.Uttarakhand & Sikkim (Bhagirathi & Teesta valleys) 10.Uttarakhand & Sikkim (Bhagirathi & Teesta valleys) 11.Uttarakhand (Bhagirathi valley) 12.Chenab Valley of Jammu & Kashmir 13.Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttarakhand

No of HRAs: 3 Nos
No of HJRFs: 10 Nos

2. Financial Details
Total Institutional Fellowships: Rs. 2,39,22,360/-
1st Year Fellowship Grant: Rs.78,15,720/-
2nd Year Fellowship Grant: To be released
Expenditure (in Rs.) (upto 31.11.2016) : Rs.25,74,585/-

3. Fellowship Objectives and Deliverables(RAs)
Position Study Area Proposed Objectives Deliverables Achievements (upto 31.06.2018)
HRA001 North-Western Himalaya(Himachal Pradesh) Conservation and sustainable management of land and natural resources

• Patterns and Processes of land degradation across varying anthropogenic pressure gradients in the study area

• Traditional and innovative land restoration practices/ measures such as rotational grazing, bio-amelioration and removal of alien invasive species.

• Indicators of soil health in the region and ways for bio-amelioration of degraded soil and land

• List of Threatened and Endemic Species with specific uses that require immediate attention.

• Identified most important ESS in the area


• Affect of natural resource management on flow of ESS


• Degraded areas identified for restoration


• Awareness generation regarding environmental issues in association with other local institutions

HRA002 Western Himalaya (Pithoragarh Uttarakhand) Conservation of genetic resources of RET species including agro-biodiversity (on- and off-farm best practices)

• Conservation frameworks developed/ strengthened/ implemented

• Models/ approaches for on-farm/ in situ conservation of agri-biodiversity developed and promoted

• Survey of 87 villages across eight administrative blocks is completed


• More than 100 landraces were recorded for among the major crops (paddy, finger millet, wheat)


• Best oral presentation award in the Himalayan Researchers Consortium – 2018

HRA003 Eastern Himalaya (Sikkim) Long-term Ecological/ Environmental Monitoring (LTEM) sites established/ investigated/ robust datasets generated along with Indigenous Knowledge Practices (IKP) recorded for the area

• Mainstreaming of long-term monitoring and building scientific evidence base across key sectors achieved

• Indigenous knowledge and practices (IKP) systematically documented and linked to scientific evidence base

• Monitoring protocol for vegetation is finalized. Monitoring protocol for fauna is also identified


• An institutional mechanism has been developed and it is being discussed with various institutions for implementation after the project.


• Baseline data is being collected on vegetation via vegetation plots, fauna via transects and climate via data-loggers.



4. Fellowship Objectives and Deliverables(HJRFs)
Position Study Area Proposed Objectives Deliverables Achievements (upto 31.06.2018)
H-JRF001 Western Himalaya (Himachal Pradesh) Extent of area conserved/ brought under sustainable use

• Sustainable conservation protocols for diverse natural resources developed

• Overall proportion of sites utilized by Himalayan brown bear, leopard and black bear were estimated as follows: Ψ0.43 ± 0.10, Ψ0.42 ±0.10, Ψ0.45 ±0.06 respectively


• Proportions of site utilization was directly associated with anthropogenic activities in case of black bear and leopard. In case of Himalayan brown bear, there was a negative association with livestock.

H-JRF002 Western Higher Himalaya No. of community institutions engaged in sustainable natural resource utilization

• Participatory conservation frameworks and local institutions engaged


• Potential habitat maps have been prepared of two major alien invasive plants in the entire KSL-Indian landscape can be used by risk managers for management of AIPS from Sacred landscape.

H-JRF003 Western Himalaya Lesser Himalaya Good practices tested on scientific evidence base

• A manual on good practices of natural resource management in the region


• Response of small carnivore to changing habitat with respect to elevation.

• Association to river has positive effect on leopard cat and marten whereas it’s not much clear in case of red fox. The river can act as an important aspect to the small carnivores as a corridor or for resources. More sampling in next two seasons can reveal the pattern.

• First authentic record of snow leopard at lowest elevation in GHNP

• First record of stone marten in GHNP.

H-JRF004 Trans Himalaya (Ladakh) Climate change indicators in the region using Red Fox as indicator species in Ladakh

• Species responses to changing LULC and climate in the region documented


• Results published in Journal of Arid Environments

• Results submitted to PLoSONE journal

• Analysis yet to be done

H-JRF005 Uttarakhand (Bhagirathi valley) Effectiveness of approaches developed for conservation of endemic species in the area

• Conservation of endemic species augmented through ex situ/ in situ mechanisms in Uttarakhand Himalaya


• Collected more than 1000 samples of lichens from the study area and 120 species were identified and quantification of heavy metals in the lichen species was also done.

• Pristine alpine habitat selected for long-term monitoring and four Open top chambers (OTCs) were deployed this year for experimental warming studies. The further biochemical analysis will be done in future.

H-JRF006 Sikkim (Teesta valley) Effectiveness of approaches developed for conservation of endemic species in the area

• Conservation of endemic species augmented through ex situ/ in situ mechanisms in Sikkim Himalaya

• Literature review –done

• A soil physiochemical property of GNP has been done.

• Soil nematode id is in progress

H-JRF007 Uttarakhand & Sikkim Status and abundance of Odonata in Bhagirathi and Teesta basins of greater Himalaya

• Specific findings related to selected species in both the regions


• Stratified random sampling is ongoing in at least 10 plots at each 250m elevation interval within a range of 500m-4000m(n=32).

H-JRF008 Uttarakhand (Bhagirathi valley) Conservation and status of riverine avifauna along Bhagirathi valley in Uttarakhand

• Critical habitats/ corridors/ ecosystems mapped and investigated


• Characterization of riverine habitat across fifteen 500 m river reaches

• Identification of 9 river bird species and breeding records of 6 of them

H-JRF009 Chenab valley of Jammu and Kashmir Population status of high value medicinal and aromatic plants for their conservation and management

• Documentation of availability and use pattern of wild MAPs in various parts of J&K Himalaya


• Sampling of the 47 priority species for assessment of their population status in wild is under progress and will be completed during the next summer season.

H-JRF0010 Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttarakhand Awareness and capacity building for monitoring the health of environment

• Scientific evidences and databases developed, photo documentation, dissemination via electronic and other means supported


• Air, water and soil quality has been monitored for 2017 and 2018.


• Aquatic macroinvertebrates has been identified and identification of soil nematodes is under progress.


• Questionnaire survey is done in all the three selected sites and data is yet to be analyzed.




S.No. Name Date of Joining Name of the PI Qualification Research Title Date of Resignation
1. Dr. Anjali Uniyal 04 July 2016 Dr. G.S. Rawat Ph. D. Conservation and management of land and natural resources  
2. Dr. Nehru Prabakaran 27 June 2016 Dr. G.S. Rawat Ph. D. Conservation of indigenous crop varieties and vulnerability assessment of agro-ecosystem in Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand 10.06.2018
3. Dr. Rishi Kumar 01 July 2016 Dr. G.S. Rawat Ph. D. Long-Term Environmental and Socio-ecological Research Initiative in Sikkim Himalaya  
S.No. Name Date of Joining Name of the PI Qualification Research Title Date of Resignation
1. Ms. Shagun Thakur 15.09.2016 Dr. S. Sathyakumar M .Sc. Environmental Science Assessment of MammalHabitat Interactions and Sustainable Natural Resource Management in the Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh  

Ms. Alka Chaudhary

15.09.2016 Dr. B.S. Adhikari & Dr. G.S. Rawat M .Sc. Environmental Science Eco- restoration of pastures and grassland  

Ms. Meghna Bandyopadhyay

08.06.2016 Dr. K. Ramesh M .Sc. Environmental Science Small carnivore interactions and its anthropogenic correlates along the elevation gradient in Western lesser Himalaya  

Mr. Hussain Saifee Reshmwala

10.06.2016 Dr. Bilal Habib M .Sc. Environmental Science Climate Change indicators in the region using Red Fox as indicator species in Ladakh Resigned

Ms. Sonam Priyadarshani

08.06.2016 Dr. G. S. Rawat M.Tech Environmental Engineering    

Ms. Priyanka Kashyap

08.06.2016 Dr. V. P. Uniyal M .Sc. Environmental Science Diversity of nematode and its role as bio indicator of climate change in the Indian Himalaya Region  

Mr. Shuvendu Das

10.06.2016 Dr. V.P. Uniyal & Dr. S. Sathyakumar M .Sc. Environmental Science Diversity and distribution of Odonata assemblages along altitudinal gradient in the selected basins of Bhagirathi and Teesta in relation to environmental parameters  

Ms. Ankita Sinha

08.06.2016 Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurthy M .Sc. Environmental Science Modelling eco-geographic drivers of distribution and abundance of riverine birds along the upper Ganges in Western Himalaya: implications for long-term monitoring and conservation management  

Mr. Suresh Kumar

15.09.2016 Dr. G. S. Rawat M. Phil (Botany) Population status of high value medicinal and aromatic plants for their conservation and management in Chenab valley J&K.  

Ms. Anjani Rawat

20.06.2016 Dr. V.P. Uniyal M .Sc. Environmental Science Awareness and capacity building for monitoring the health of environment Uttarakhand  

Mr. Chirag Girdhar

20-11-2017 Dr. G.S Rawat M.Sc (Biochemistry) Impact of Change in microclimatic conditions on lichens communities and functional role in Indian Himalayan Region  
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Last Updated on: 23.04.2019