Forest Ecology & Climate Change
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FOREST ECOLOGY & CLIMATE CHANGE DIVISION

Mandate

  • To carry out ecological and plant diversity studies in different ecosystems of western Himalayas with special emphasis on the Cold-Deserts Regions.

Thrust Area

  • To study the ecological aspects of different forest types in the Western Himalayan region.
  • To undertake research for assessing floral bio-diversity status and floristic association in different forest eco-systems of the region including assessment of the endangered flora and to develop suitable strategies for their conservation.
  • To study the ecological aspect of stress sites including cold deserts and work out models for their eco-rehabilitation.
  • To provide consultancies and supportive research to the major developmental programmes viz., Hydroelectric projects and mining activities.
  • To disseminate research findings to the user group and to provide research input to their ongoing programmes.

Projects Completed:

A. Plan projects:

  1. Standardization of Nursery techniques of Five Prominent Indigenous species (Capparis spinosa, Colutea nepalensis, Caragana geraradiana, Ribes orientale, Cratagus songarica besides Elaegnus angustifolia, Hippophae rhamnoides and Rosa webbiana) of Cold desert. PI: Dr. K.S.Kapoor (April 2002- March 2009)
  2. Studies on Plant Diversity in Cold Deserts of District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (April 2004- March, 2009)
  3. Ecological Assessment of Floristic Diversity in Kalatop-Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary of District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (April 2008 to March 2012)
  4. An Ecological Assessment of Floristic Diversity in Hemis High Altitude National Park, Ladakh, J&K. PI: Dr. Vaneet Jishtu (April 2006 to March, 2011)
  5. Assessment of Carbon Stock in Forest Type of Shimla Forest Circle, Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (April 2011- March 2016)
  6. Ecological studies in Alpine pastures of District Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (April 2016- March 2020)
  7. Analyzing Impact of Control Burning On Plant  and Soil Properties in Chirpine Forests. P.I: Dr. Ranjeet Kumar (April 2016- March 2021)

B. External Aided projects:

  1. Development of Ecologically Viable and Socio-economically Acceptable integrated Models for Arresting Willow (Salix spp.) Mortality in Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. K.S. Kapoor (April 2002- March 2006)
  2. Studies on Plant Diversity of Rakchham-Chitkul Wildlife Sanctuary of District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (April 2006 to March 2009)
  3. Ecological Assessment of Forest Areas Falling under Kol Dam Hydroelectric Project in Bilaspur District of Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (April 2005 to March 2009)
  4. Ecological Assessment, Collection, Multiplication and Establishment of Clonal Banks of the Superior Genotypes of Economically Important Hill Bamboos (Arundinaria spp.) in Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. K.S. Kapoor (April 2009 to March 2012)
  5. Plant Diversity Studies in Shikari Devi Wild Life Sanctuary of Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh for Long Term Ecological Monitoring. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (April, 2014 - March, 2017)
  6. Ecological Assessment and Prioritization of Floristic Diversity: Developing Conservation Strategies For Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. K.S. Kapoor (April, 2014 - March, 2017)
  7. Technological Interventions and Networking in Himachal Himalayas. PI:  Dr. Vaneet Jishtu (April 2016- March 2019)
  8. Assessment of Floristic Diversity in Tundah Wildlife Sanctuary of District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh for its long term ecological monitoring. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (December 2016- November 2019)
  9. Assessment of vegetation in Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary, District Lahaul - Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Kumar (September 2016- August 2019) 
  10. Innovative  technologies for climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation with alternate livelihood opportunities for mountain communities in North Western Himachal Himalayas. PI: Dr. Vaneet Jishtu (September 2017- August 2020)

 

Ongoing Projects:

A. Plan projects:

  1. Carbon Sequestration potential of existing land Use System In Lahaul Valley, H.P. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (April 2016- March 2022)

 

  1. Identification, Ecological Assessment for Selection & Screening of Superior and Insect-Pest Resistant Clones of Salix  for their Cultivation, Production Trends and Conservation in the Cold Desert of HP and J&K. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Kumar (March 2021-March 2024

 

  1. Assessment of Floristic Diversity of Giri Khad Watershed, Himachal Pradesh for Developing Conservation Strategies. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Kumar (April 2021- March 2024)   

 

B. External Aided projects:

  1. High Altitude Transition Zones in Himachal Pradesh: Long-Term studies to assess the effects of Global Warming and trials to rehabilitate degraded sites in this zone. (Phase-II) PI: Dr. Vaneet Jishtu (September 2018-March 2025)
  2. Conservation Status, Germplasm Collection and Resource Augmentation of Priority Medicinal Plants Species in the Cold Desert of Ladakh. PI: Dr. Vaneet Jishtu (September 2018-March 2023) 

C. All India Coordinated Research projects:

  1. National Program For Conservation and Development of Forest Genetics Resources (Component-A) Documentation of FGRs PI: Dr. Ranjeet Kumar, Dr. Vaneet Jishtu (February 2020-March 2024)
  2. Assessment and Monitoring of Invasive Alien Plant Species in India and Formulation of Strategies for Management of Key Invasive Alien plant Species in different Region of the Country, AICRP-7. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Kumar (February 2020-December 2024)
  3. Valuation of Forests for GDP, Green GDP and Payment of Ecosystem Goods and Services, AICRP-13. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Kumar (April 2020- March 2023)
  4. Forest Fire Research and Knowledge Management, AICRP-14. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Kumar (April 2020- March 2024)   
  5. Bio-prospecting for Industrial Utilization of Lesser Known Forests Plants, AICRP-16. PI: Dr. Vaneet Jishtu (January 2020-December 2025)
  6. Preparation of Forest Soil Health Cards under different Forest Vegetation in all the Forest Divisions of India, AICRP-22. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (March 2021- September 2023)
  7. Combating Desertification by Enhancing Vegetation Cover and People Livelihoods in Degraded Dry lands and Deserts of India, AICRP-24. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (March 2021- September 2023)
  8. Study of Climate driven effects on Indian Forests through Long term monitoring.  (Component-A) Ecology & Biodiversity, AICRP-31. PI: Dr. R.K. Verma (March 2021- September 2023)

 Major Equipments:

  1. Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS) 
  2. CHNS Elementar Analyzer
  3. KEL - Plus Nitrogen Estimation System
  4. UV Visible Spectrophotometer
  5. Flame Photometer
  6. pH meter
  7. Electrical conductivity meter
  8. Millipore

 

Man power

Sr. No.

Name and Designation

Contact Number

Dr. R. K. Verma, Scientist- G 

0177- 2816102

Dr. Ranjeet Kumar, Scientist- E

0177- 2816109

Dr. Vaneet Jishtu, Scientist- E

 

0177- 2816112

 

Smt. Shilpa, Chief Technical Officer 

0177- 2816124

Shri Dushyant Kumar, Senior Technical Officer

0177- 2816124

Shri Shyam Sunder, Senior Technician

0177- 2816115

Shri Arun Kaushal, Technician

 

0177- 2816115

Shri Sachin Chauhan, Forester

70189-43286

Shri Pardeep Kumar, Forester

 

76500-93606

 

Shri Vikas, Forest Guard

70181-43756

 

Forest Ecology and Climate Change division controlled all the research activities taken under Field Research Station, Tabo, District Lahaul-Spiti with the help of field staff Shri Sachin Chauhan, Forester; Shri Pardeep Kumar, Forester and Shri Vikas, Forest Guard. 

Seminars/ Workshops/ Training 

1. Interaction-cum training programme with Kargil Forest officials, Kargil, Ladakh, UT held on 12th July, 2021

2.Training programme for IFS officers on “Community Engagement for Co-Production of Ecosystem Services from Hill Forests” held on 20th September 2021 to 24th September 2021.

 

Forest Ecology and Climate Change division maintained the herbarium of the Institute which has 8000+ plant specimen sheets belonging to NW Himalayan region. The herbarium is providing identification facilities to the students, research scholars and researchers of other research organizations.

 

For further information, please contact:
 Dr. Ranjeet Kumar, Scientist- E & Head of Division Forest Ecology and Climate Change                                  
 Email:        ranjeet@icfre.org
 Phone:       0177- 2816109, Mobile No.: 89883-78338

 

Latest Updates


Information regarding availability of Quality Bamboo Seedlings of Lathi Bans (Dendrocalamus strictus) for sale at Small Bamboo Nursery Nalagarh. updated: 13.05.2022
A Report on Environmental cleanliness Awareness Programme at Karsog Mandi, HP. updated: 11.01.2023
A Report on Prakriti Program held at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 11.01.2023
A Report on Scientific Management of Forest Fire Training at Bag Pashog by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.12.2022 
A Report on Awareness Programme on Agroforestry for Koti Villagers organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.12.2022 
A Report on Forestry undergraduates student visit from College of Forestry, Navsari Agricultural University Gujrat. updated: 29.12.2022 
A Report on Awareness Programme on Impact of Climate change in the Himalayan Region organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.12.2022 
A Report on Hindi Karyshala organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 28.12.2022 
A Report on Awareness Programme on Agroforestry for Badagaon Villagers organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 28.12.2022 
A Report on MoU signed between HFRI, Shimla with YSPUHF Nauni, Solan. updated: 26.12.2022 
A Report on Training Program held at Jagatsukh, Manali by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 15.12.2022 
A Report on International Mountain Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 15.12.2022 
A Report of one day training on the Application of AM biofertilizers in organic cultivation of medicinal plants. updated: 15.12.2022 
A Report on Awareness programme on Sexual Harassment at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 12.12.2022 
A Report of training programme on Nursery and Plantation Technique of Juniperus Polycarpos held at Kinnaur, HP. updated: 09.12.2022
A Report on Constitution Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.11.2022 
A Report on Education/ Industrial Exposure visit of BSc Forestry students from FCRI Hyderabad. updated: 29.11.2022
A Report on Krishak Mela organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 21.11.2022
A Report on visit of the members of Shimla Amateur Garden & Environment Society (SAGES) to Western Himalayan Temperate Arboretum (WHTA), Potters Hill, Shimla. updated: 10.11.2022
A Report on Workshop on improving Research Writing held at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.11.2022
A Report on Vigilance Week 2022 held at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.11.2022
A Report on Fit India Freedom Run 3 organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 03.11.2022
A Report on Rashtriy Ekta Diwas organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 03.11.2022
A Report on Fit India Freedom Run organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 21.10.2022
A Report on Diwali Utsav Mela Exhibition of Products of (SHGs) at Ridge, Shimla. updated: 20.10.2022
A Report on visit of Gen-Next Democracy Network Programme Delegates to HFRI, Shimla. updated: 20.10.2022
A Report on Gandhi Jayanti organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 06.10.2022
A Report on DG ICFRE visit to Himachal Pradesh. updated: 27.09.2022
A Report on Exposure visit of DV Badagaon Villagers. updated: 27.09.2022
A Report on Kisan Mela at Longni Dharampur organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 22.09.2022
A Report on Himalayan Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.09.2022
A Report on Hindi Diwas Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.09.2022
A Report on Prakriti Program held at Seema College, Rohru  by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 13.09.2022
A Report on Training Program held at Divisional Forest Office Kargil by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 06.09.2022
A Report on Training Program held at VVK Leh by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 23.08.2022
A Report on awareness programme on Parthenium hysterophorous at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 23.08.2022
A Report on Independence Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.08.2022
A Report on Camp Workshop at Badagaon organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.08.2022
A Report on Van Mahotsav 2022 under AKAM. updated: 10.08.2022
A Report on Prakriti Programme organized at Serkong Public School Tabo, Lahaul & Spiti HP. updated: 01.08.2022
A Report on Prakriti Programme organised by GSSS, Beolia Shimla HP. updated: 28.07.2022
A Report on tour of National Youth Environment Parliament to HFRI Shimla. updated: 28.07.2022
A Report on Awareness and Nursery Techniques of Juniper Polycarpos. updated: 26.07.2022
A Report Prakriti Programme organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Choglamsar, Leh. updated: 26.07.2022
A Report on Rajbhasha Hindi Inspection. updated: 20.07.2022
A Training Report on awareness and livelihood of Bamboo by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 18.07.2022
A Report on Regional Research Conference at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 30.06.2022
A Report on International Yoga Day at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 28.06.2022
A Report on World Environment Day organised by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.06.2022
HFRI Newsletter Vol-1 No-1. updated: 19.05.2022
Information regarding availability of Quality Bamboo Seedlings of Lathi Bans (Dendrocalamus strictus) for sale at Small Bamboo Nursery Nalagarh. updated: 13.05.2022
A Report on International Yoga Day Countdown at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.05.2022
A Report on conservation and awareness programme on medicinal plants held on 21.04.2022 at Moolkoti panchayat, Mashobra , Shimla. updated: 26.04.2022
A Report on Educational Visit of B.Sc. Agriculture Students of University of Agriculture Sciences, Riachur, Karnataka on 18.04.2022 at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 26.04.2022
A Report on Educational Visit of B.Sc. Agriculture Students of University of Agriculture Sciences, Riachur, Karnataka on 20.04.2022 at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 26.04.2022
A Report on International Day of forests at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.03.2022
A Report on one day training on forest fires organised by HFRI Shimla.   updated: 24.03.2022
A Report on one day training Programme for Shilaroo and Kot Villegers organised by HFRI Shimla.   updated: 21.02.2022
A Report on one day training Programme for Badagaon Villegers organised by HFRI Shimla.   updated: 21.02.2022
A Report on Bamboo Plantation near Badagaon Shimla.   updated: 19.01.2022
A Report on Webinar on Guidelines and Procedures for Clone/Variety release of Forestry Species at HFRI Shimla.   updated: 13.01.2022
A Report on Good Governance Week celebration at HFRI Shimla.   updated: 05.01.2022
A Report on Awareness program for conservation and rejuvenation of Rivers at HFRI.   updated: 14.12.2021
A Report on International Mountain Day celebration.   updated: 14.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Urni, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Barang, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Pangi, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Kalpa, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021

A Report on visit of BSc. Forestry students Hyderabad at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on Constitution Day 2021 celebration at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on Communal Harmony Rally at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on RFO trainee visit from Haldwani at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Importance of Agroforestry' organized by HFRI, Shimla.  updated: 24.11.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Celebration of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas' organized by HFRI, Shimla.  updated: 05.11.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Environment Awareness Programme for Villagers' organized by HFRI, Shimla.  updated: 18.10.2021
A Report on Awareness Programme and rally on no to single use plastic organized by HFRI. updated: 12.10.2021
A Report on Ozone Day celebration at HFRI.   updated: 22.09.2021
A Report on Himalayan Day celebration at HFRI.   updated: 15.09.2021
MoU between Himalayan Forest Research Institute and Career Point University. updated: 03.09.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Environment Awareness Programme for Villagers' organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 02.09.2021
A Report on Awareness Programme on Parthenium Histeroforus organized by HFRI. updated: 26.08.2021
Report on 75th Independence Day celebration at HFRI. updated: 26.08.2021
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Contribute your rendering of the National Anthem at https://rashtragaan.in

A Report on International Day of forests at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 25.03.2021
Training Report on Nursery and Propagation Techniques of Trillium Govanianum (Nagchhatri) held at Rampur Shimla. updated: 19.03.2021
Proceeding of Monthly Seminar held on 26 February 2021. updated: 09.03.2021
MoU between Himalayan Forest Research Institute and Himachal Pradesh Forest Department  updated: 08.03.2021
Proceedings of Monthly Seminar held on 29 January 2021. updated: 12.02.2021
A Report on Republic Day 2021 Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 01.02.2021
A Report on release of State REDD+ Action Plan for Himachal Pradesh. updated: 07.01.2021
Proceeding of Monthly Seminar held on 29 December 2020. updated: 05.01.2021
Training Report on Propagation and Modern Nursery Techniques of Pinus Gerardina and Ribes Spp. updated: 24.12.2020 %

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