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Garhwal Regional Centre

Technological Achievements


1. Development of sustainable natural resource management models through peoples' participation in selected villages of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (NDBR).
2. In-depth study of transhumance in the Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand.
3. Capacity building in the field of medicinal plants cultivation through farmers to farmer training programme.
4. Publications of leaflets and monographs in Hindi for the user groups on various environmental issues.
5. Science motivation programme emphazing natural resource management for high school students
6. Students motivation programme in the field of natural resource management. Herbal nurseries at few locations at Garhwal region is under operations to cater the needs of planting materials of the local people. The work carried out in the area of agroecosystem, agrodiversity and on management aspects particularly of NDBR has got wide coverage in the state of environment report of Govt. of Uttarakhand.
7. Also developed capacity and skill of post-graduate, graduate and school level student in the field of environment and development.
8. Strategies and action plan for eco-tourism programme for NDBR.
9. Model demonstration of medicinal plants cultivation and conservation in few buffer zone villages of NDBR, and Ginoti in Uttarkashi through people participation.
10. Wide coverage of the Unit R & D activities in print media at local/regional/national newspapers.
11. Development of model demonstrations on rehabilitation of degraded land at 4 locations (covering 12 ha) using agroforestry and restoration ecological approaches. A pilot impact assessment exercise was held recently. Progress in terms of replications has been encouraging.
12. Identification and promotion of value addition to wild edibles as a source for off-farm income generation to rural populace.
13. In-depth action and scientific research on NDBR area form the basis for developing priority options for resolving policy-people conflicts on one hand and sustainable management of bioresources on the other. The wide scientific coverage motivate UNESCO (Man & Biosphere Programme), Paris to document the outcome which was brought in the form of film 'Invocations to the Mountain Goddess'.
14. Capacity building of local people/farmers in the field of medicinal plants cultivation/conservation and natural resource management, while organizing regular farmers to farmer training programme has been very encouraging through which a total of 548 farmers/NGOs/GOs personnels) were trained.
15. Ecological, social and policy dimensions indicators of agrobiodiversity loss were studied in detail which form the basis for developing priority interventions for conservation and management of the traditional agrobiodiversity of the region.
16. Successful demonstration of hill specific potential rural technologies at four locations such as Maletha (Tehri Garhwal), Ginoti (Uttarkashi), Suraithota-Tolma (Chamoli) and Banswara (Rudraprayag).
17. Detailed documentation of indigenous knowledge related agronomic practices and uses of medicinal and aromatic plants, traditional drinks/wild edibles, soil fertility maintenance etc. have been carried out.
18. Developed a good network with about 90 NGOs and many individuals of the region for extension and dissemination of the Unit R & D activities.
19. Model development on spring sanctuary through bio-engineering measures.
20. Developed optimal resource use model for Alaknanda valley using RS/GIS.
21. Environmental impact of recession of Gangotri and Dokriani Bamak glaciers.

Technological /Infrastructural Facilities Available

Water harvesting
Azolla Culture
Restoration Ecology Models
Medicinal Plant and Multipurpose Trees Nurseries
Value Addition in Potential Wild/Domesticated Bioresources
Agroforestry Models
Rural Technology Centre at Maletha (550m asl) Tehri district, Triyuginarayan (2000m asl), Rudraprayag district and Tapovan (1800m asl) Chamoli district.
Vermi-composting & Vermi wash
Weed Composting
Germplasm Collection of MAPs
Zero Energy Cool Chambers
Protected Cultivation, Polyhouses and Nethouse

Awards / Honours


1. Internship award for Mountain Agrobiodiversity has been conferred by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal and it has been availed at ICIMOD in terms of 5 weeks training programme from January 9 to February 17, 1997 (R.K. Maikhuri).
2. Vishisht Vaigyanik Puraskar (Eminent Scientist Award) for 1996-97 awarded by the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India and presented by the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpai, Govt. of India, on the World Environment Day (5th June), 1999 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, in the recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of rural and traditional agroecosystems and sustainable development (R.K. Maikhuri).
3. A START Young Scientist Special Certificate of Commendation (2001) was given by the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START), Washington DC, USA. This award was conferred to him in recognition of his scientific contribution particularly for the research paper entitled Changing scenario of Himalayan agroecosystems: loss of agrobiodiversity, an indicator of environmental change in Central Himalaya, India, THE ENVIRONMENTALIST journal (2001), 21: 23-39, Washington D.C., USA (R.K. Maikhuri).
4. Er. S.N. Mishra Award (2002) was given by the Association of Resource Persons Aid in Need (ARPAN), Kurukshetra in the recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of Restoration ecology/rehabilitation of degraded land and sustainable development (R.K. Maikhuri).
5. Member, Expert Committee, Uttaranchal Medicinal Plant Board (2000-2001), Uttaranchal Govt. (R.K. Maikhuri).
6. Member, State Level Steering Committee of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (2001-2003) for the Uttaranchal State (R.K. Maikhuri).
7. Member, Research Board of Advisors of American Biographical Institute, Inc. Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (R.K. Maikhuri).
8. Paryavaran Puruskar for 2006 awarded by Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of Uttaranchal and presented by the Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri N.D. Tiwari on the World Environment day (5th June) in the recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development (R.K. Maikhuri).
9. Member, (Institute Faculty) of the Scientific Advisory Committee (for the XI Plan period), G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (R.K. Maikhuri).
10. Young Scientist Award for the year 2006 in Botany by Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) for study of nutrient dynamics in traditional agroecosystem of central Himalaya (P. Ghosh).
11. Vocational Award for 2007 conferred by Rotary Club, Srinagar Garhwal for his outstanding contribution in the field of environment and sustainable development (R.K. Maikhuri).
12. Expert, Board of Studies, Dept. of Rural Technology, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal (2007-08) (R.K. Maikhuri).
13. Alice J. Murphy Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Education leading to a better understanding of the Tropics, at the International Tropical Ecological Congress 2007, held at FRI, Dehradun in the Sustainable Agriculture section (P. Ghosh).

Contact Us

Dr. K. Chandra Sekar Centre Head G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment
Upper Bhaktiyana, Srinagar, Garhwal-246 174 Uttarakhand, India

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