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Ladakh Regional Centre (LRC)

Collaborative Institutions


University of Ladakh, Leh


Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh

Government Department

Department of Wildlife Protection, Leh


Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG), Leh


Himachal Regional Centre, NIHE, Kullu (HP)

About the Centre

Ladakh Regional Centre in among the newest regional centre of G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment in the Indian Himalayan Region.The centre was established on December 2019 to ensure NIHE’s research and development outreach in Trans-Himalayan Landscape ofnewly created Union Territory of Ladakh. Ladakh region, most often, is also termed as clod desert and endowed with rich diversity of culture, unique biodiversity elements and significantly large wetlands/water bodies. Although, the communities inhabiting these areas have adapted for extremely harsh climate and resource poor living conditions, they face numerous challenges.

Especially under changing climate scenario, when impacts are expected to be more intense in higher altitudes. This calls for better understanding of its landscape and developing strategies and implementation of plans for addressing issues of environmental conservation, people's livelihoods, and sustainable development under changing scenario.

Focal areas of activities

-  Towards bringing changes and achieving the targets, the center is focusing on two cardinal principles: (a) science for society, and (b) networks and collaborations.

-  To achieve the targets, centres’ major activities include:

   (i) Development of Knowledge Network of institutions/organizations working in the Ladakh &Knowledge Repository for policy inputs on issues of Trans-Himalayan Region.

   (ii) Demonstration of successful and sustainable technologiesfor adoption and partnership of private sector.

  (iii) Promoting energetic young professionals in providing solutions to address environmental challenges.


-   To strengthen and establish approaches for addressing issues of water scarcity and environmental issues.

-   To foster climate smart communities in the trans-Himalayan landscape.


-   To promote alternative livelihoods for climate change vulnerable cold-desert communities.

-   To facilitate conservation of critical/important cold desert habitats and biodiversity.



Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System:   Latest tools and softwares in RS & GIS are used to carry out research.

Research Laboratory

Research Laboratory:  Developed with the aim of enhancing the research capabilities of researchers


Scientist E

Dr. Sandipan Mukherjee

Designation:  Scientist E

Centre Head :  Ladakh Regional Centre

Discipline: Climate Change ; Meteorology ;

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Scientist C


Technical Assistant (II)

Dr. Lalit Giri

Designation:  Technical Assistant (II)

Discipline: Biodiversity Conservation ;

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Research Associate

Dr. Sonam Tamchos

Designation:  Research Associate

Discipline: Wildlife Biology, Botany

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Research Associate

Dr. Ravinder Kumar

Designation:  Research Associate

Discipline: Ecology, Environmental Sciences

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Field Coordinator

Ms. Sonam Chorol

Designation:  Field Coordinator

Discipline: Political Science

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Senior Project Fellow

Ms. Priyanka Sah

Designation:  Senior Project Fellow

Discipline: RS & GIS

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Senior Project Fellow

Ms. Avantika Latwal

Designation:  Senior Project Fellow

Discipline: RS & GIS

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Project Intern

Ms. Rigzin Wangmo

Designation:  Project Intern

Discipline: Zoology

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Project Intern

Mr. Ajaz Ali

Designation:  Project Intern

Discipline: Zoology

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Internship/ Dissertation

Internship/ Dissertation:   Researchers are provided with Post Graduate Internship / PhD Dissertation


Consultancy Services:  Consultancy services are provided on various Environmental/Developmental Issues

Major Achievements

Carbon Neutral Ladakh: A New Beginning (2 March 2020-5 March 2020)

A five-day summit was organised after immediately after establishment of new Centre in collaboration with UT Administration of Ladakh. Nearly 100 delegates including scientists, subject specialists, policy makers, and public representatives participated in the summit. Rigorous and deliberations were held to outline the path for sustainable development and Carbon Neutral Ladakh. Following Action Plans (Tourism, Disaster, Biodiversity, and Carbon Neutrality) were developed and submitted to UT Administration.

Local resource-based entrepreneurship through Green Skill Development

In collaboration with Councillors, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (Leh), Local Bodies, and Women Self Help groups of various constituencies, Green skill development programmes were executed to develop local resource based entrepreneurship and to create off-farm livelihood employment opportunities by introducing use of local resources, new techniques, value addition to the products and branding,and establishing market linkagesin participatory mode and inviting different experts.

Sustainable and Low-Cost Rural Technologies to promote Organic and Off-season Cultivation

Cultivation in Ladakh is limited to small part of the year, and cultivated land is also limited, therefore, strategies have been developed to extend cultivation through low-cost rural technologies for adoption by the common man. Tested technologies for plant growing during harsh winters include (i) soilless cultivation through simplified and economical household level indoor hydroponics system for supply of leafy vegetables, (ii) introducing low-cost portable polyhouse for extended cultivation in cropfields, and (iii) seed production of commercial flower crops through vernalization in open cropfields during winters.



Timberline and Altitudinal Gradient Ecology of Himalayas, and Human Use Sustenance in a Warming Climate.

Characterizing Patterns and Processes of Alpine Ecosystem in Indian Himalaya.

"Himalaya Calling: Bridging science, policy and practice to foster sustainable development in the Indian Himalayan region (IHR)- Ladakh Chapter"

"Demonstration of Plastic Free Ladakh – Rajbhawan Complex"



Ongoing Projects in LRC

"Himalaya Calling: Bridging science, policy and practice to foster sustainable development in the Indian Himalayan region (IHR)- Ladakh Chapter"

Principal Invigilator    Dr Subrat Sharma

Duration   2020-2022

Funding Agency    National Mission for Himalayan Studies, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt of India, New Delhi


Result/ Outcomes

"Demonstration of Plastic Free Ladakh – Rajbhawan Complex"

Principal Invigilator    Dr Subrat Sharma

Duration   2020-2021

Funding Agency    : UT Administration of Ladakh, Leh, Ladakh UT


Result/ Outcomes

Policy Briefs

Disasters and Ladakh: Action Points for Management and Mitigation-2020

Sharma, RS Rawal, RK Pande, C Phunsog, P Raina, MS Sultan

Sustainability of Tourism in Ladakh: Review, Recommendation and Action agenda-2020

Subrat Sharma, RS Rawal, P Raina, MS Sultan, R Kotru, SP Singh, S Norboo, D Angmo, RW Lachic

Research Articles

In vitro propagation and antioxidant potential of Berberis asiatica from western Himalaya.

Authors Bisht A, Lalit Giri, Belwal T, Pandey A, Bahukhundi A, Bhatt ID, Rawal RS

Plant Biosystems, 2021

Two hundred years of research on Himalayan biodiversity: Trends, gaps, and policy implications.

Authors Suresh K Rana, Ranbeer S Rawal, Bhawana Dangwal, Indra D Bhatt and Trevor D Price

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2021

Anthocyanins, multi-functional natural products of industrial relevance: Recent biotechnological advances.

Authors Belwal T, Singh G, Jeandet P, Pandey A, Lalit Giri, Ramola S, Bhatt ID, Venskutonis PR, Georgiev MI, Clément C, Luo Z.

Biotechnology Advances, 2020

India’s contribution to mitigating the impacts of climate change through vegetation management.

Authors Dash, J., M. D. Behera, C. Jeganathan, C. S. Jha, Subrat Sharma, R. Lucas, A. A. Khuroo, A. Harris, P. M. Atkinson, D. S. Boyd, C. P. Singh, M. P. Kale, P. Kumar, Soumit K. Behera, V. S. Chitale, S. Jayakumar, L. K. Sharma, A. C. Pandey, K. Avishek, P. C. Pandey, S. N. Mohapatra & S. K. Varshney

Tropical Ecology, 2020

Predicting Habitat Suitability of Snow Leopards in the Western Himalayan Mountains, India

Authors Singh, R. P. R. Krausmanc, P. Pandeya, A. Maheshwarid, R. S. Rawal, Subrat Sharma, R. Shekhar

Theoretical and Applied Economics, 2020

Cucurbita Plants: From farm to industry.

Authors Salehi B, Sharifi-Rad J, Capanoglu E, Adrar N, Catalkaya G, Shaheen S, Jaffer M, Lalit Giri, Suyal R, Jugran AK, Calina D.

Applied Sciences, 2019

• Fate of important medicinal plants in the Eastern Himalaya in changing climate scenarios: A case of Panax pseudoginseng Wall.

Authors Kumar, D., M. Singh, S. Sharma.

Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 2019/20


High Altitude Wetlands in the Indian Himalaya: Conservation and Management (2020)

Caterpillar Fungus in the Himalaya, Current Understanding and Future Possibilities (2020)



Making of Apricot Products ( 26th Aug 2020 -28th Aug 2020)

Hands on training/practice: Making of three Apricot Productsto Chamshen: ZAMO-40 (WSHG) of Nubra Valley (Collaborator: Mr. Rigzin Lundup, Councillor, Tyger Constituency, LAHDC-Leh; and Mr. JigmetSingay, JIMPO Enterprise, Leh)

Contact Us

Dr. Sandipan Mukherjee Centre Head G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment
Ruthpa House, Near Islamia Public School, Dihar Road - Leh 194101 Ladakh(UT), India
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