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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:

CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur,

 

Himachal Pradesh


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

1. Biodiversity Conservation and Management

2. Skill Development and Capacity Building

Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

Kullu district(HP),Dhauladhar mountain region,kangra(HP)

No of HRAs: 1 Nos
No of HJRFs: 5 Nos


2. Financial Details
Total Institutional Fellowships: Rs.1,02,00,960/-
1st Year Fellowship Grant: Rs.33,27,720/-
2nd Year Fellowship Grant: Rs.32,82,567/-
Expenditure (in Rs.) (upto 31.12.2016): Rs.14,27,209/-


3. Fellowship Objectives and Deliverables(HRAs)
Position Study Area Proposed Objectives Deliverables Achievements (upto 31.03.2018)
HRA001 Kulu district, HP

Identification of bio-indicators for documenting environmental health

• Environmental health indicators for western Himalaya

• Monitoring protocol for these indicators

• Twenty-nine sites identified and marked along a vehicular pollution gradient (NH-21).

• Twenty-six dominant plant species sampled and their Air pollution tolerance and anticipated performance index have been worked out.

• Compilation of heavy metal assessment in dust samples.

• Distribution of metal(loid)s in soils of three habitation land uses (Urban, peri-urban and rural) completed.

• Carried out repeat sampling for result validation.

• A manuscript has been published and another is under review.

 

 

4. Fellowship Objectives and Deliverables(HJRFs)
Position Study Area Proposed Objectives Deliverables Achievements (upto 31.03.2018)
H-JRF001 Kangra valley

Number of LTEM sites established/investigated/ robust data-sets generated.

 

Extent of scientific evidences generated across key sectors.

• Identification of sites for long-term environmental monitoring.

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

• Twenty-one permanent plots established.

• Vegetation sampled using 1323 quadrats.

• Plant species richness across altitude analyzed.

• Floral traits variations in 53 plant species recorded.

• 315 soil samples analyzed for physico-chemical properties.

• One manuscript published.

H-JRF002 Himachal Pradesh State

Extent of IKP ( Indigenous Knowledge and Practices) documentation and strengthened through scientific evidence base.

• Indigenous Knowledge and Practices (IKP) systematically documented and linked to scientific evidence base.

 

• Intensive study villages of the selected tribes surveyed and respondents identified.

• In-depth interviews with 240 respondents completed.

• Relevant literature collected and compiled.

• Use of plants for household products completed for Bhangalis.

• Manuscript on folk utilization of plants prepared and communicated.

• A popular article on weaving accepted in Science Reporter.

H-JRF003 Timberline zone in HP state

Study the Invasive Alien Species (IAS): Effectiveness of approaches developed for reduction of IAS/ innovative use of biomass/ extent of areas/ landscapes restored.

• Threat of proliferation of invasive alien species reduced and adversely impacted areas/ landscapes restored.

 

• Study sites identified and marked.

• Vegetation in two timberline sites recorded.

• Annual cycle of phenological documentation of Betula utilis completed.

• Temporal recording of soil temperature for a complete year.

H-JRF004 Kulu district

Assessment of level and diversity of engagement of traditional institutions facilitated.

 

Analyze the extent of capacity built of the traditional institutions.

 

• Key traditional institutions of IHR states identified.

• Their role, norms and practices concerning environment protection & socio-economic development documented.

• Identify their capacity building needs in present day context.

 

• Personal interviews and focus group discussion carried out in Lug valley of Kullu.

• Traditional conservation practices identified and documented.

• Sacred groves (deobans) and community protected forests identified in the area.

• Presence of sacred ponds (deotaals) and traditional baudies recorded.

• Terraces and stone bunds commonly followed for soil conservation.

• A manuscript published

H-JRF005 HP State

Capacity building on biodiversity conservation through field based trainings/ awareness programs

• Scientific evidences and databases developed/ augmented/disseminated.

• All traditional Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and innovative methods effectively used, etc.

 

• Community surveys conducted in villages

• Awareness programme carried out in two schools

• Initiation of plantation drives

• Nature relatedness analysis

 

 

 

S.No. Name Date of Joining Name of the PI Qualification Research Title
1. Dr. Rachita Raghava Kashyap 26.05.2016 Dr Sanjay Kr Uniyal Ph.D. Environmental Science Identification of bio-indicators for documenting environmental health
S.No. Name Date of Joining Name of the PI Qualification Research Title
1. Mr. Mustaqeem Ahmad 14.06.2016 Dr Sanjay Kr Uniyal M.Sc. Environmental science Diversity and species composition in Long Term Ecological Monitoring plots in Western Himalaya
2. Miss. Alpy 27.05.2016 Dr Sanjay Kr Uniyal M.Sc. Environmental science Folk knowledge of Tribal Communities and their Cross Cultural Comparisons in the Western Himalaya
3. Mr. Rohit 27.05.2016 Dr Sanjay Kr Uniyal M.Sc. Botany Ecological characteristics of Himalayan timberlines and status of alien species
4. Manju Bala 07.06.17 Dr Sanjay Kr Uniyal Capacity building on biodiversity conservation through field based trainings/ awareness programs
5. Miss. Deepika Devi 26.05.2016 Dr Sanjay Kr Uniyal M.Sc. Environmental science Documenting traditional conservation practice and biodiversity status in the Western Himalayan region
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