New Delhi: With a focus on issues like biodiversity conservation and water management in the Himalayas, the environment ministry has called for research proposals to manage the region’s biodiversity, strengthen vocational skills of its residents and ensure they earn a livelihood.
The ministry also specified that proposals that are women-centric will be preferred.
Realizing the significance of the Himalayas, the central government, in 2015, had launched the ‘National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS)’ to support the sustenance and enhancement of the ecological, natural, cultural and socioeconomic capital assets and values of the Indian Himalyan Region (IHR).
The research proposals have been called under NMHS and would be addressing the main thematic areas of the mission. Some of the broad thematic areas that are being focused on for research under the NMHS are water resource management including rejuvenation of springs and catchments, hydropower development, assessment and prediction of water-induced hazards, livelihood options including ecotourism opportunities, biodiversity management including recovery of threatened species and skill development.
“The multi-state, multi-institutional, inter-disciplinary research proposals addressing women-centric issues in the mountain region would be encouraged. The project should address the thematic areas," the environment ministry said in a note inviting proposals.
“The proposals are invited from reputed institution, university, organization equipped with adequate resources … The selection of studies, pilots and interventions will be based on their potential of initiating demonstrable demand-driven action research with proven record," the note added.
The project duration under this NHMS scheme would be three years and the last date of submitting the proposals is 8 December.