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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:

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

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

1. Sustainable management of land and water resources

2. Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

3. Environmental assessment and management

Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

Eaglenest Wild life Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, East Sikkim, The study has been identified as the Darjeeling tea‐forest landscape lying between 600m and 2100m elevation, Kyongnosla alpine sanctuary, East Sikkim , Fambongloh wildlife sanctuary, East Sikkim ,Kanchendzonga National Park, West Sikkim, Mukter Dhara, Kamrang, South Sikkim , Gaddi khola, Gaddi, South Sikkim, 1. FambongLho Wildlife Sanctuary, Rabom Reserve Forest and Kanchendzonga National Park (KNP), Dzongu Reserve Forest, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary

No of HRAs: 3 Nos
No of HJRFs: 7 Nos

2. Financial Details
Total Institutional Fellowships: Rs.1,75,82,400/-
1st Year Fellowship Grant: Rs. 57,59,160/-
2nd Year Fellowship Grant: Rs.56,40,798/-
Expenditure (in Rs.) (upto 15.01.17): Rs.29,57,995/-

3. Fellowship Objectives and Deliverables(HRAs)
Position Study Area Proposed Objectives Deliverables Achievements (upto 15.01.17)
HRA001 Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim

Studies on selected ant species richness and occurrence in eastern Himalaya

• Database on ant species in Sikkim Himalaya

• Identification of areas for conservation and use

HRA002 Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim To assess the opportunities for supplementary livelihood options in remote eastern Himalayan communities towards promotion of eco-agriculture landscape

• Alternative livelihood means giving emphasis on green job creation explored; and

• Value addition in local products and value chain established.

HRA003 Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim

Study the impact of dams genetic diversity of key native fish species.

• New information on the ecology of the NE fish species and for important strategies and opportunities for their conservation.




4. Fellowship Objectives and Deliverables(HJRFs)
Position Study Area Proposed Objectives Deliverables Achievements (upto 15.01.17)
H-JRF001 Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim -- Tamze, Phedang and Tsomgo

Extent of wetlands evaluated for ecosystem services:

Documentation of the selected wetlands' chemical and sediment characteristics.

• Valuation of ecosystem services.

H-JRF002 Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim -- Tamze, Phedang and Tsomgo

Number of strategies developed/executed for conservation of critical wetlands:

Assessment of major flora and fauna in and around the wetlands.

• Identify threats and pressures and suggest mitigation strategies.


H-JRF003 Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim -- Tamze, Phedang and Tsomgo

Predict the changes in selected wetland features and biodiversity in the light of Climate Change .

• Support participatory conservation approach and practices.


H-JRF004 Eastern Himalaya Sikkim State and Darjeeling

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.

• Relevant institutions identified and engaged.

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


H-JRF005 Eastern Himalaya North Sikkim

Prepared incentive based mechanism of conservation

Demonstrate successful pilots of incentive based mechanisms

• Studies on economic valuation (consumptive and non-consumptive) of the region’s biodiversity, habitats, landscapes and ecosystem services conducted.


H-JRF006 Eastern Himalaya (East Sikkim)

Extent of understanding developed on local/ upstream-downstream/ transboundary resource linkages.

• Key natural resources used and shared at local, upstream-downstream, and transboundary scale identified/ documented.

H-JRF007 Sikkim Himalaya Inputs for better resource governance/ policy uptakes for conflict resolution.

• Existing formal and informal policy and institutional arrangements of their use and sharing at aforementioned scales documented.






S.No. Name Date of Joining Name of the PI Qualification Research Title
S.No. Name Date of Joining Name of the PI Qualification Research Title
1. Manish Kumar (SPF) 04-01-2016 Dr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy   Ecohydrology of Sikkim Himalaya in the context of climate change and climate variability.
2. Shweta Basnett (SPF) 04-01-2016 Dr. Soubadra Devy   Conservation of Rhododendrons and its pollinators in Subalpine and Alpine regions of Sikkim Himalaya.
3. Yangchenla Bhutia (SPF) 04-01-2016 Dr.Ravikanth   Regeneration status of various Oak species in the forest of Sikkim Himalaya
4. Anirban Datta Roy (SPF) 04-01-2016 Dr. Nitin Rai   Supplementary livelihood options for local communities and other rural populations
5. Annesha Chowdhary (SPF) 04-01-2016 Dr. Soubadra Devy   Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing in the Darjeeling tea-forest landscape
6. Barkha Subba (SPF) 04-01-2016 Dr. Ravikanth   Water chemistry and ecosystem services of high altitude lakes
7. Urbhashi Pradhan (SPF) 04-01-2016 Dr. Soubadra Devy   Fragmented Landscape and Biodiversity: A study of pollinators and dispersers outside protected area network in Sikkim
8. Aniruddha P M (SPF) 04-01-2016 Dr. Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan   Understanding Patterns in Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Species Richness and Co-occurrence Across Elevation Gradients
9. Vidyadhar M Atkore (SRF) 04-01-2016 Dr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy   Evaluating the role of anthropogenic and ecological factors on freshwater fish diversity in the Arunachal Pradesh: Implication for conservation
10. Rinan Shah (JRF) 04-01-2016 Dr. Shrinivas Badiger   Climatic and Non-Climatic Drivers of Environmental Change and Human Well-Being – Domestic Water Scarcity in the Eastern Himalaya
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