G.B. Pant 'National Institute of Himalayan Environment'(NIHE)

(An Autonomous Institute of Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India)

NERC

North-East Regional Centre (NERC)



Collaborative Institutions

International

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Government Organization

Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology (AP-SCS&T), Itanagar (A.P.)

Government Organization

Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh (A.P.)

Government Organization

DeraNatung Govt. Collage, Itanagar (A.P.)

Government Organization

Department of Environment and Forest, Govt. of A.P.,Itanagar (A.P.)

Government Organization

State Forest Research Institute (SFRI), Govt. of A.P.,Itanagar (A.P.)

Government Organization

Department of Tourism, Govt. of A.P., Itanagar (A.P.)

Government Organization

Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), Jorhat (Assam)

Non-Government Organization

WWF India, Tezpur (Assam)

Non-Government Organization:

Nature Care and Disaster Management Society (NCDAMS), Old Ziro, Lower Subansiri District (A.P.)

Non-Government Organization

Achukuru Welfare Society, Old Ziro, Lower Subansiri District (A.P.)

Non-Government Organization

Society for Environment Awareness and Conservation of Wildlife (SEACoW), Miao, Changlang District (A.P.)

About the Centre

The North-East Unit of G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment was set up in the year 1989 and started functioning from Chuchuyimlang, Mokokchung in Nagaland. In 1997, the Unit was shifted to Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh and since then, the Unit has been meaningfully contributing to the cause of conservation and development of the entire NE region, which is known for its rich diversity, be it biological, socio-cultural, linguistic or ethnic. The biological and cultural richness of the region could be gauged from the fact that it harbours highest mammalian and avifauna diversity in India with more than 250 mammalian and 900 avifauna species, while according to Indian Red Data Book, 800 species of endangered flowering plants are reported from the region, which accounts to 55% of the country. Culturally, the region is home to more than 145 native tribes who along with other communities of the region speak about 220 dialects.

Unfortunately, the rich biodiversity of the region is currently facing various threats including degradation, deforestation, settlement expansion, indiscreet hunting, therefore, warranting to develop viable, replicable and effective community-based resource management initiatives to conserve it. The Unit, through wider networking with strategic partner institutions, credible NGOs, line departments of north-eastern states and others, and fruitful collaboration with international (UNDP, UNESCO, Mac-Arthur, ICIMOD, IUCN, etc.) and national (MoEF, DST, DBT, IIRS, NRSA, NATP, NEC, etc.) organisations, has been able to make an impact on the conservation of the biological resources and development of the culturally rich and unique ethnic communities of the entire region by implementing more than 35 R&D projects across the NE region. In the process, some of the critical issues like biodiversity conservation through CBNRM, shifting agriculture focussing on fallow management, technology development, dissemination and backstopping, documentation and validation of TEK, role of culture in biodiversity conservation and development, etc. are being addressed. The Unit has also contributed to inventory of biodiversity including ichthyo-faunal diversity, where two new species of cat fish Erethistoidessenkhiensis and Glyptothoraxdikrongensis, new to science have been discovered.

Focal areas of activities

-  People-centered land use models for shifting cultivation..

-  Indigenous knowledge systems and natural resource management options for tribal communities..

-   Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation through Community Based Natural Resource Management.

-  Appropriate low-cost technologies for improved livelihood in NE region.

-  Environmental assessment of developmental initiatives in NE region.

-  Planning and Development of rural life in North East India.

Vision

-   Capacity Building and Awareness on Low-Cost technologies and alternate livelihoods.

-  Rural development through sustainable livelihoods.

-  Biodiversity conservation and integrated landscape development.

-  Water security through eco-system management.

-   Guidelines, Action Plans, and Policy Documents of regional relevance.

Objectives

-  Conduct in-depth research and development on various environmental issues in North-East India..

-  Identify and strengthen local knowledge of the environment through interactive networking and strengthen regional relevance research in scientific institutes, universities / NGOs and voluntary organizations working in the North-East Indian region..

-  Demonstrate appropriate technical packages and delivery systems for sustainable development in Northeast India in line with local perceptions.

-  Environmental awareness building to local people of North-East India through training, demonstration and knowledge products.

Facilities

Faculties

Scientist-E

Er. Mahendra Singh Lodhi

Designation:  Scientist-E

Centre Head :  North East Regional Centre

Discipline: Environmental Assessment ;

Email Id:  mahen29.mail@gmail.com

Profile

Scientist-C

Dr. Kesar Chand

Designation:  Scientist-C

Discipline: Climate Change ; Environmental Pollution ;

Email Id:  kesar1982@gmail.com

Profile

Scientist-B

Scientist-B

Technical Grade-IV(2)

Mr. Om Prakash Arya

Designation:  Technical Grade-IV(2)

Discipline: Biotechnological Applications ;

Email Id:  omey89@gmail.coms

Profile

Researchers

Project Coordinator

Dr. Diana Ethel Amonge

Designation:  Project Coordinator

Discipline: Wildlife Biology,   Forestry

Email Id: dianaamonge5@gmail.com

Junior Project Fellow

Ms.Chandamita Das

Designation:  Himalayan Junior Project Fellow

Discipline: Ecology,  Wildlife Biology

Email Id: chandamitadas40@gmail.com

Junior Project Fellow

Ms. Kajoli Begum

Designation:  Junior Project Fellow

Discipline: Environmental Sciences (Remote sensing and GIS)

Email Id: kajolikhan93@gmail.com

Junior Project Fellow

Ms. Apeksha Bisht

Designation:  Junior Project Fellow

Discipline: Geology,  GIS

Email Id: apeksha399@gmail.com

Junior Project Fellow

Mr. Bishal Kumar Majhi

Designation:  Junior Project Fellow

Discipline: Zoology, Ecology,   Wildlife

Email Id: bishalkm@gmail.com

Intern

Ms. Kago Puniya

Designation:  Project Intern

Discipline: Sociology,  Social Sciences

Email Id: kagopunya2@gmail.com

Services

Library

Free Access:  NERC provide library access free to local Students form Local universities and colleges

Laboratory

Laboratory Access:  Provide laboratory access free to local students and researchers from partner organizations/ local stakeholders.

Advisory

Advisory Services:   Provide advisory services to local partner organizations/ stakeholders.

Rural Technology Complex

Provide access to Rural Technology Center (RTC) of NERC to partner organizations/ stakeholders for demonstration, training, and teaching.

Major Achievements

Up Scaling of Technology Dissemination

Up scaling of technology dissemination and backstopping in five states the NE region with the help of seven Partner NGOs.

Institutionalizing technology backstopping & capacity enhancement

Institutionalizing technology backstopping & capacity enhancement for sustainable agricultural development and encouraging entrepreneurship development based on simple rural technologies within the tribal areas of North East India.

Exploring Eco-Tourism Potential

Exploring eco-tourism as a potential tool for biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood in Indian Himalayan Region..

Preparation pf Plans

Preparation of Wildlife management plan / Biodiversity conservation plan for Trans Arunachal Highways.

Documentation of Policies

Documentation of policies and laws including land tenure systems for comprehensive study of shifting agriculture in the NE States of India and Suggest measures to make it ecologically, economically and socially viable.

Shifting Cultivation

Shifting agriculture: issues and options with focus on adaptive interventions to make it ecologically, economically and socially viable.

Land use development

People centered land use development in the shifting agriculture affected areas in Arunachal Pradesh.

Documentation of Fallow management practices

Documentation of Fallow management practices among the Tanguiles of Ukhrul District, Manipur in their Two year plus Shifting Cultivation Systems.

Biodiversity Conservation

Biodiversity Conservation through community based natural resource management in Arunachal Pradesh.

Exploring cultural landscape

Exploring cultural landscape as the basis for l biodiversity conservation linking it with sustainable development of Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Development of baseline information and identification of potential corridors

Development of baseline information and identification of potential corridors for Namdapha National Park (Tiger Reserve) and Mouling National Park, in North East Region.

Ichthyofaunal Diversity

Ichthyofaunal diversity of rivers of NE region.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Hydropower Projects in the Indian Himalayan Region.

Understanding biodiversity patterns and processes

Understanding biodiversity patterns and processes under changing resource use and climate scenario in Indian Himalaya – ecological and social implications.

Strengthening the practice of shifting cultivation

Strengthening the practice of shifting cultivation with appropriate scientific and technological interventions within the traditional framework of Jhum in Nagaland.

Introduction of four SALT models

Introduction of four SALT models in demonstration plots using N2 fixing species in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh; Establishment of demonstration models on appropriate technologies for soil conservation and farming systems in Arunachal Pradesh.

Impact of CHFST on the land capability

Impact of CHFST on the land capability restoration in upland agriculture; impact of multipurpose contour hedgerow on crop productivity and soil fertility in shifting agricultural lands.

Designing, developing and testing sustainable natural resource management

Designing, developing and testing sustainable natural resource management through appropriate technologies for soil conservation farming system technology.

Assessment of agricultural production and strategy for sustainable development

An assessment of agricultural production and strategy for sustainable development of bioresources by identifying issues and options for improving livelihood of marginalized farmers in shifting cultivation areas in North-East India.

Biodiversity characterization of landscape level

Biodiversity characterization of landscape level through Remote Sensing and other GIS in Arunachal Pradesh.

Preparation of location map

Preparation of location map of proposed Tsangyang Gyatso - World Peace Park/ Biosphere Reserve.

Inventorization of the NTFPs

Inventorization of the NTFPs for seven states of NE India.

Inventorization of floristic diversity

Inventorization of floristic diversity of north east India and development of biodiversity indices; Inventorisation of rare, endangered and threatened, and endemic elements of NE India has also been done.

Identification of traditionally utilized potential soil nutrient enhancement resources

Identification of traditionally utilized potential soil nutrient enhancement resources for different land use practices in selected watersheds of Arunachal Pradesh.

Documentation of traditional soil and water conservation (SWC) practices

Documentation of traditional soil and water conservation (SWC) practices among the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh; Estimation of runoff and soil loss was done at selected villages in Senkhi watershed in Papumpare district in Arunachal Pradesh.

Documentation of indigenous knowledge systems

Documentation of indigenous knowledge systems of different tribal communities including documentation of traditional pest management practices.

Projects

Ongoing

Water Security in Himalaya through Spring-Ecosystem Assessment and Management.

Community driven eco-smart model village development to improve livelihoods and foster ecological security in the Himalaya.

Community driven eco-smart model village development to improve livelihoods and foster ecological security in the Himalaya.

Fostering Climate Smart Communities in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR).

The Landscape Initiative for Far Eastern Himalayas (HI-LIFE)

Completed

Anthropogenic impacts and their management options in different ecosystem of Indian Himalayan Region

Enhancing eco-cultural livelihoods in biodiversity rich areas of Arunachal Himalaya.

Assessment of floral biodiversity & resource utilization pattern with Special reference to climate change in high altitude wetlands of Arunachal Pradesh of Eastern Himalaya

Rejuvenation of springs and spring-fed streams in Mid-Himalayan Basins using spring sanctuary concept

Assessment of biochemical and phytochemical content of selected threatened and high value plants with diverse environmental conditions

Ongoing Projects in NERC

Water Security in Himalaya through Spring-Ecosystem Assessment and Management.

Principal Invigilator   PI: Er. M.S. Lodhi; Co-PI: Er. O.P. Arya, and Dr. Kesar, Chand

Duration   2020-2025

Funding Agency    In-House project (MoEFCC)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Community driven eco-smart model village development to improve livelihoods and foster ecological security in the Himalaya.

Principal Invigilator    PI: Dr. Wishfully Mylliemngap, Co PI: Er. M. S. Lodhi

Duration   2020-2025

Funding Agency    In-House project (MoEFCC)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Completed Projects in NERC

Anthropogenic impacts and their management options in different ecosystem of Indian Himalayan Region

Principal Invigilator   PI: Er. M.S. Lodhi; Co-PI: Dr. K.S. Kanwal, Dr. Kesar Chand, Dr. Wishfully Mylliemngap, and Er. O.P. Arya

Duration   2017-2020

Funding Agency   National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Assessment of floral biodiversity & resource utilization pattern with Special reference to climate change in high altitude wetlands of Arunachal Pradesh of Eastern Himalaya

Principal Invigilator   PI: Dr. K.S. Kanwal; Co-PI: Er. M.S. Lodhi

Duration   2016-2019

Funding Agency   DST-SERB

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

NMSHE Task Force-3: Forest Resource and Plant Diversity

Principal Invigilator   PI: Er. M.S. Lodhi; Co-PI: Er. M.S. Lodhi

Duration   2014-2019

Funding Agency   Department of Science & Technology (DST), GoI

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Ecotourism as a potential tool for biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood in the Indian Himalayan region

Principal Invigilator   PI:Dr. P.K. Samal; Co-PI: Dr. K.S. Kanwal, and Er. M.S. Lodhi

Duration   2012-2017

Funding Agency   In-House Project (MoEF&CC)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Understanding biodiversity patterns and processes under changing resource use and climate scenario in Indian Himalaya – ecological and social implications

Principal Invigilator   PI: Dr. S.C. Arya

Duration   2012-2017

Funding Agency   In-House Project (MoEF&CC)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Assessment of Downstream Impacts of Hydro Electric Projects in Arunachal Pradesh: A Case of Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project

Principal Invigilator   PI: Er. M.S. Lodhi

Duration   2011-2014

Funding Agency   In-House Project (MoEFCC)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Biodiversity Conservation through community based natural resource management in Arunachal Pradesh.

Principal Invigilator   Dr. P.K. Samal

Duration   2008-2010

Funding Agency   United Nations Development Programme

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Cultural landscape: the basis for linking biodiversity conservation with sustainable development of Arunachal Pradesh, India

Principal Invigilator   PI: Dr. P.K. Samal

Duration   2008-2012

Funding Agency   United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization- Mac Arthur Foundation (UNESCO- Mac Arthur)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Biodiversity Conservation through community-based natural resource management in Arunachal Pradesh.

Principal Invigilator   PI:Dr. P.K. Samal

Duration   2008-2010

Funding Agency   United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Shifting Agriculture: Issues and options with focus on adaptive interventions to make it ecologically, economically and socially viable.

Principal Invigilator   PI: Dr. P.K. Samal

Duration   2007-2012

Funding Agency   In-house project (MoEFCC)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Institutionalizing technology backstopping and capacity enhancement for sustainable agricultural development and encouraging entrepreneurship development based on simple rural technologies within the tribal areas of North East India.

Principal Invigilator   PI: Dr. P.K. Samal

Duration    : 2006-2009

Funding Agency   Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Response assessment and processing of knowledge base to serve long term management and use of biodiversity in the Himalaya – focus on Tawang- West Kameng (Tsangyang Gaytso) Biosphere Reserve (proposed) in Arunachal Pradesh

Principal Invigilator   PI: Shri Gopi G.V. Co-PI: Dr. P.K. Samal, and Dr. S.C. Arya

Duration    2007-2012

Funding Agency   In-house project (MoEFCC)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Nutrient use optimization improving soil biological process using available resource in marginal upland jhum farming system of North East India

Principal Invigilator   PI: Dr. S.C. Rai

Duration    2004-2007

Funding Agency    Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Indigenous Knowledge of Soil and Water Conservation Practices among Farmers in the North-East India.

Principal Invigilator    Er. Kireet Kumar

Duration   2004-2007

Funding Agency   In-house project(MoEFCC)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Impact of contour hedgerow farming system technology on land capability restoration in upland agriculture system and capacity building for technology dissemination in North Eastern India.

Principal Invigilator    Dr. R.C. Sundriyal

Duration   2001- 2003

Funding Agency    Dr. R.C. Sundriyal

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Traditional pest management practices among the indigenous tribes practicing shifting cultivation in North East India: Documentation and validation.

Principal Invigilator    Mr. Bikramjit Sinha

Duration   

Funding Agency   Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi.

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

People centered biodiversity utilization in West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Principal Invigilator   Dr. R.C. Sundriyal

Duration    2001-2004

Funding Agency   United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization - Mac Arthur Foundation (UNESCO-Mac Arthur)

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Augmenting food and economic security of tribal communities, particularly women in Arunachal Pradesh through simple low-cost technological intervention.

Principal Invigilator    Dr. R.C. Sundriyal

Duration    2000-2003

Funding Agency    Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Inventory of tree diversity and collection and propagation of high value taxa in Namdapha proposed biosphere reserve.

Principal Invigilator   Dr. Uma Shankar

Duration    2000-2003

Funding Agency   Dr. Uma Shankar

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Identifying issue and options for improving livelihoods of the marginalized farmers in shifting cultivation areas of North East India.

Principal Invigilator   Dr. R.C. Sundriyal

Duration   April 2000-December 2000

Funding Agency   International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal.

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Biodiversity characterization at landscape level using satellite remote sensing data and other collateral information.

Principal Invigilator   Dr. R.C. Sundriyal

Duration    2000-2003

Funding Agency    National Remote Sensing Agency, Dehradun

Objectives

Result/ Outcomes

Research Articles

Diversity, Utilization pattern and indigenous uses of useful plant resources in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, West Himalaya, India.

Authors Arya SC, Samant SS

International Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2019

Rarity and Prioritization of Species for Conservation and Management in alpine meadows of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, West Himalaya, India.

Authors Arya SC, Samant SS

International Journal of Life Sciences, 2019

Emerging patterns in global and regional aerosol characteristics: A study based on satellite remote sensors


Authors Guleria RP, Chand K


Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 2019

Extended distribution record of two bellflower species of Codonopsis (Campanulaceae) from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh

Authors Kanwal K, Tiwari U, Yama L, Lodhi MS

Journal of Threatened Taxa, 2019

Extended distribution record of two bellflower species of Codonopsis (Campanulaceae) from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh

Authors Kanwal KS, Tiwari UL, Yama L, Lodhi MS

Journal of Threatened Taxa, 2019

Plant diversity, net primary productivity and soil nutrient contents of a humid subtropical grassland remained low even after 50 years of post-disturbance recovery from coal mining

Authors Mylliemngap W, Barik SK

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment , 2019

Wild edible plants used by the ethnic communities of Shi Yomi District of Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Authors Ronald K, Lodhi MS, Singha R, Kumari S, Kanwal KS and Arya SC

Pleione, 2019

Integrating geospatial tools and species for conservation planning in a data-poor region of the Far Eastern Himalayas.

Authors 9. Uddin K, Chettri N, Yang Y, Lodhi MS, Htun NZ, Sharma E

Geology, Ecology, and Landscapes, 2019

Climate change impact on plant biodiversity of Arunachal Himalaya: a review


Authors Kanwal KS, Lodhi MS


Bulletin of Arunachal Forest Research, 2018

Plant Diversity Assessment and Prioritization of Communities for Conservation in Milam Alpine area of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, West Himalaya.

Authors Arya SC, Samant SS

International Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2018

Biodiversity research trends and gaps from the confluence of three global biodiversity hotspots in the Far-Eastern Himalaya.

Authors Basnet D, Kandel P, Chettri N, Yang Y, Lodhi MS, Htun NZ, Uddin K, Sharma E

International Journal of Ecology, 2018

Ethnomedicinal plants used by Galo community of West Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

Authors Gode K, Kanwal KS, Lod Y

International Journal for Research in Applied Science and Engineering Technology, 2018

Climate change impact on plant biodiversity of Arunachal Himalaya: A review. Bulletin of Arunachal Forest Research Journal

Authors Kanwal KS, Lodhi MS

Bulletin of Arunachal Forest Research Journal, 2018

Extended distributional record of Plants from the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Authors Kanwal KS, Tiwari U, Yama L, Lodhi MS

Journal of Threatened taxa Journal of Threatened Taxa, 2018

Gentiana urnula Harry Sm. (gentianaceae), a new record for flora of Arunachal Pradesh.

Authors Kanwal KS, Tiwari U, Yama L, Lodhi MS

Journal of Threatened taxa, 2018

Ethnobotany and nutritional importance of four selected medicinal plants from Eastern Himalaya, Arunachal Pradesh.

Authors 16. Arya OP, Pandey A, Samal PK

Journal of Medicinal Plant, 2017

Assessment of vegetation and prioritization of communities for conservation in Latakharak alpine meadows of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, West Himalaya, India

Authors Arya SC, Samant SS

International Journal of Advanced Research, 2017

Wild edible and medicinal plants used by Apatani community of Lower subansiri district, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Authors Kalita BC, Arya SC, Tag H

International Journal of Current Research in Biosciences and Plant Biology, 2017

Climate Change Impact on Forest and Biodiversity of Indian Eastern Himalaya: An Overview.

Authors Kanwal KS

International Journal of Advance Engineering and Research Development, 2017

Conservation & Management of High-Altitude Wetlands of Eastern Himalaya.

Authors Kanwal KS

Echo of Arunachal, 2017

Activities

Lecture

Seventh Popular Lecture (10 Sep 2020)

The talk was delivered by Dr. Ashok Bhattacharyya on Agriculture in Northeast Hill Region of India: Transition and Strategies for Future Development on Climate Change.

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