The Indian Himalayan Region is spread across 13 Indian States/Union Territories (namely Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Assam and West Bengal), stretching across 2500 km. Nearly 50 million people reside in this region, which is characterized by a diverse demographic, and versatile economic, environmental, social and political systems.
National Workshop on Spring Revival
A national workshop on spring revival will be organized in January 2021 to advance NITI Aayog’s work on the development of the Indian Himalayan region. Central Ministries, State Government agencies, research institutions, NGOs, and other stakeholders will be part of the workshop. It will provide a nationwide platform for sharing best practices on the science, governance, and field-work aspects of spring revival. The workshop will conclude with a roundtable discussion on the way ahead.
Study on Five Thematic Areas by Indian Himalayan Central University Consortium (IHCUC)
The IHCUC has started conducting five studies on the following thematic areas:
- Enumeration and valuation of the economic impact of female labour in the hills
- Agroecology in the Himalayan States, with special emphasis on marketing
- Development of eco-friendly and cost-effective tourism in the hills
- Opportunities of livelihood to check migration from the hills
- Water conservation and harvesting strategies
- The funds for the studies have been sanctioned by MoE and UGC. The studies are for a year and are expected to be completed in 2021. The natural resources and environment (NRE) vertical is constantly reviewing the progress in every thematic area.
The vertical is assisting DMEO in the preparation of a report on the evaluation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
Appraisal of Project Proposals
The following proposals were examined, and comments submitted to the concerned Ministries/ Departments/Agencies:
- The Preliminary Project Proposal on Rajasthan Forestry and Biodiversity Development: This project is aimed at the conservation of biological diversity and enhancement of deciduous forest resources in the eastern part of Rajasthan for combating climate change through community empowerment.
- The Preliminary Project Proposal on Climate Adaptation and Finance in Rural India: The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of NABARD to mobilize climate finance for needs-driven, gender-responsive climate adaptation-related measures.
- A Preliminary Project Proposal Report, ‘Scheme for Augmentation of Returns through High-Value Products and Key Interventions in Forests’ (or Mission ‘SARTHAK’), to develop high-value forest products for creating a sustained flow of goods and services from forests in Tripura.
- A Preliminary Project Proposal Report, ‘Adaptive Forest Management for Water Security’, to safeguard livelihoods, to improve water availability from forested areas in Himachal Pradesh.