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

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

Brief about Himachal Regional Centre...........

GBPNIHED has five functional regional centres in Indian Himalayan region, Himachal Regional Centre is one among them, functioning from 1st July 1992 focusing on Sustainable Development of Rural Systems, Land and Water Resource Management, Conservation of Biological Diversity and Ecological Economics & Environmental impact analysis. At present the centre scientists are working on following programmes:

1. Studies on Biodiversity, Habitat Fragmentation and Conservation in the Protected and Ecologically Sensitive Habitats of Himachal.
2. Traditional soil and water conservation techniques of the Kullu and Lahaul valleys in the North Western Himalaya, Establishment, Maintenance and Monitoring of Experimental Herbal Garden and Medicinal Plant Nurseries, and ex-situ cultivation trials in H.P.
3. Environmental assessment of hydropower projects in the Beas valley of Himachal Pradesh.
4. Workers’ exposure to air borne dust and other pollutants in the Kullu valley.
5. Cultivation of Medicinal Plants, Land Restoration and Socio-economic Upliftment of Farmers of the Kullu Valley.
6. Climatic changes in Kullu and Lahaul valleys (ENVIS activities)


Technological Achievements


1. Kuhl irrigated land management in the Cold Desert.
2. Assessment of fodder quality of indigenous agroforestry systems in Himachal Pradesh.
3. Data base on the diversity and conservation status of Medicinal Plants in Himachal Pradesh.
4. Assessment of diversity of the medicinal, fuel and fodder plants of Kanawar Wildlife Sanctuary (KWLS).
5. Possession of 1.94 ha land for the establishment and maintenance of an Arboretum.
6. Community diversity and resource utilization pattern in Khokhan Wildlife Sanctuary.
7. Floristic diversity of the Hamta Jagatsukh catchments in Himachal Pradesh.
8. Floristic diversity of the Kais, Manali and Khokhan Wildlife Sanctuaries.
9. Extraction trends and preference of fuel resource in Kais, Khokhan and Manali Wildlife Sanctuaries.
10. Diversity, distribution, indigenous uses and conservation prioritization of economically important plants of the Parbati & Sarbari khad watersheds.
11. Impact assessment of climatic changes on horticulture crops of Kullu Valley.
12. Data base on climate of the Kullu and Lahul & Spiti districts in Himachal Pradesh.
13. Development of Solid Waste Management Technology for temperate to alpine zones in Himalaya.
14. Carrying capacity assessment of Kullu-Manali Complex: A study of tourism sector.
15. Data base on Ambient Air & Rain Water Quality & Surface Ozone in the Kullu Valley.
16. Data base on the socio-economic status of the Parbati Hydro Power Project.
17. Diversity & conservation status of fodder & fuel plants of the Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh.
18. Management Plan for Medicinal Plants in the Catchment Area of Parbati Hydro Electric Project Stage – III (520 MW) in District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.
19. Establishment & maintenance of Agroforestry Models in Kullu valley.
20. Establishment & maintenance of Experimental Herbal Gardens (at Mohal and Doharanala) & Medicinal Plant Nurseries (at Mohal and Kasol).
21. Development of propagation/multiplication protocols & agrotechniques for some high value medicinal plants.
22. Data base on the socio-economic status and forest community diversity of the Mohal Khad Watershed.

Technological /Infrastructural Facilities Available

Herbal Gardens
Medicinal Plants and Multipurpose Tress Nurseries
Agroforestry Models
Weed Composting
Solid Waste Management
Pollution and Weather Monitoring Stations
Germplasm Collection of Medicinal Plants

Er. R. K. Singh
Scientist-E & SIC
Himachal Regional Centre
G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development
Mohal, Kullu - 175 126, Himachal Pradesh, India
Ph: (01902) 260208, 260313, Fax: (01902) 260207, E-mail: rksingh@gbpihed.nic.in
E-mail: hpunit@gbpihed.nic.in