Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education

Consultancy projects of major significance undertaken by the EM Division, ICFRE:

1- Monitoring & Evaluation of forestry sector schemes of NAEB, MoEF&CC, GoI

The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) in collaboration with NAEB undertook a comprehensive evaluation study spanning over 27 states of the country. ICFRE officials visited 182 FDAs and over 600 JFMCs as part of field investigations and developed valuable insights to inform the policy process for Ministry of Environment and Forests.

2- Monitoring & Evaluation of forestry sector schemes of medicinal plant projects of NMPB, MoH&FW, GoI

Monitoring and evaluation of National Medicinal Plant Board, AYUSH, GoI sanctioned schemes was carried out in the States and Union Territories of Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Hayarna, Chandigarh, Punjab, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar , Kerala, Andhra Paresh, Karanataka, Goa, Assam, Meghalya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh from the 32 States /Union Territories where the schemes were sanctioned by NMPBAs in order to assess the multiplicity of formal and informal relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders, and to provide flow of information on programmes status, performance and impact of the NMPB sanctioned schemes. The key problems in promotional and commercial schemes, organizational structure and link of effective functioning and policy issues were indentified and best options were recommended.

3- Macro –level EIA study of Bellary District, Karnataka as per directions of Honable Supreme Court of India for MoEF&CC, GoI

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India while hearing Special Leave to Appeal petition Nos. 7366-7367/2010, citing rampant and unscientific iron ore mining leading to environmental degradation in Bellary district, Karnataka, ordered the ICFRE on 5th August 2011 to carry out a Macro level EIA study of Bellary district in collaboration with the Forest Survey of India (FSI) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and incorporating other domain specialists as needed in consultation with the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), GoI. The study was accordingly completed and report submitted to the Hon’able Supreme Court of India.

4- Preparation of Reclamation and Rehabilitation (RR) Plans for 166 mines of category A, B and C of Karnataka for Govt. of Karnataka

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, considering the severe and significant damages caused due to unscientific and unregulated mining in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur Districts of Karnataka and based on the Macro Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report submitted by ICFRE, directed the Government of Karnataka to submit a Reclamation and Rehabilitation (R&R) plan for the mine affected districts. The Government of Karnataka, keeping in view the National Environmental Standards and the commitment for sustainable management of environment has awarded ICFRE, Dehra Dun the study to formulate R&R plan vide letter No. DMG/MLS/R&Rl2011-12 dated 27 .12.2011. As on date, ICFRE has submitted 119 R&R Plans, out of which 115 have been approved by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India (through CEC).

5- Carrying Capacity Study of Saranda Region to Suggest Annual Cap (For Ore Production) West Singhbhum District, Jharkhand

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun, in association with Wildlife Institute of India (WII) of Dehradun & Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad and Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi conducted the “Carrying capacity study in Saranda Forest Division in the West Singhbhum District, Jharkhand to suggest annual capacity for iron ore production’ and submitted the report within 14 months to Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India with the recommendations for sustainable mining in biodiversity rich Saranda forest areas in Jharkhand.

6- Environment Impact Assessment Study (EIA) in respect of Rabindra Rangshala/Tagore Memorial (RRTM), Upper Ridge Area, New Delhi

The ICFRE on the directions of MoEF&CC GoI conducted Environmental Impact Assessment study in respect of Rabindra Rangshala /Tagore Memorial funded by Ministry of Culture, GoI and submitted the report within six weeks time to MoEF&CC, GoI.

7- Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment studies of hydroelectric projects in river basins

Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment (CEIA) of hydro power projects in Sutlej River basin in Himachal Pradesh and Yamuna and Tons river basin in Uttarkhand have been untaken as agreed Terms of Reference (ToR) in association with the three national subject expert institutions viz. Alternate Hydro Energy Centre (AHEC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee; Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research (DCFR), Bhimtal; and Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore. The final draft reports of studies in Yamuna and Tons river basin and Sutlej river basin have been submitted to Uttarakahnd Jal Vidhyut Nigam Limited , Govt. of Uttarkhand and MoEF&CC, GoI respectively. The additional study for less than 10 MW capacity hydroelectric projects in Sutlej basin as suggested by MoEF&CC, GoI is in progress.

8- Environmental audit of Coal Mines operated by Coal India Limited (CIL) and Subsidiary Coal Companies funded by Coal India Limited (CIL).

Coal India Limited (CIL), a “Maharatna” Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Coal (MoC), Government of India, the single largest coal producing company in the world operates through 81 mining areas spread over eight states of India viz. Assam, Chhattisgrah, Jhakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal and has 429 mines (237 are underground, 166 opencast and 26 mixed mines). It further operates 17 coal washeries (12 cocking coal and 5 non-cocking coal). The Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE), Dehradun has take up works on Environmental Audit of compliance of the Environmental Clearance (EC) conditions and the status of reclamation & rehabilitation of mining areas as per the approved mine closure plans for 20 Open Cast Mines. So far Environment Audit report for 12 mines (5 subsidiaries) has been sent to CIL, HQ. The audit has been conducted in association with domain experts across India and involving experts from its sister institutions of ICFRE such as Institute of Forest productivity, Ranchi; Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore; Institute of Forest Biodiversity, Hyderabad and Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur.

9- Establishment of liaison with Govt. expert Institutions

Moreover, with passage of time this division has developed liaison with Govt. expert institutions like AHEC, IIT Roorkee, DCFR, Bhimtal; SACON, Coimbatore; WII, Dehradun, NEERI, Nagpur; NRSC, Hyderabad; CIMFR, Ranchi, Xavier Institute of Social Sciences, Ranchi for execution of consultancy services in Consortium mode. A pool of multidisciplinary domain experts have also been identified, whom services are utilized on case to case basis as per the requirement.

Environmental Policy analysis with respect to green aspect of environment have been carried out for more than 100 iron ore mining projects in Karnataka and a numbers of coal mines of Coal India Ltd. and suitable remadial measures have been suggested.

10- Capacity Building

This division has also arranged for capacity building of more than 40 officials from ICFRE and its institutes in the field of Environment Management. Recently, regional environmental management units have been stablished in 04 institutes of ICFRE namely FRI, Dehradun, RFRI, Jorhat, IWST, Bangalore and AFRI, Jodhpur. Strengthning of these regional environment managment units are in progress.

11- New Initiatives of the EM Division

1- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and Coal India Limited (ClL) for IIIrd party monitoring works of CIL on long term basis.The area of consultancy works will include the following:

i- Environmental audit of Coal Mines operated by Coal India Limited (CIL) and Subsidiary Coal Companies funded by Coal India Limited (CIL).

ii- Effect of pre and post exploratory drilling on terrestrial Flora, Fauna and Aquatic lives under Makri Barka East Block (1000 ha) of Singrauli Coalfield Area falling under Mahan Reserve Forest, district Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh funded by Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI), Ranchi.

iii- Effect of pre and post exploratory drilling on terrestrial Flora, Fauna and Aquatic lives under Makri Barka West Block (800 ha) of Singrauli Coalfield Area falling under Mahan Reserve Forest, district Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh funded by Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI), Ranchi.

2- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Noida for Monitoring of its Accelerated Afforestation programme of Plantation of 10 Million Trees – in Seven Different States.

i- Monitoring of green conditions of NTPC plantations in seven states of the country i.e. Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bihar, where altogether plantation of native tree species have been carried out in more than 5000 hectares by respective forest departments with financial assistance from NTPC.

 

Forest Research Institute Dehradun

Ongoing

1- Providing technical advice for the upkeep and maintenance of Holy Bodhi tree

2- provide technical advice, support and back-up for the upkeep and maintenance of an old heritage peepal tree at Village Main (मेन), Bellaganj, District Gaya, Bihar

3- Management and upkeep of three saplings at Buddha Smriti Park, Patna and CM House, Patna

 

Tropical Forest Research Institute Jabalpur

Ongoing

1- Greening of Pandit Dwarka Prasad Mishra, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing , Jabalpur(PDP-IIITDM) campus in tandem with ecological integrity of the area

2- Study on use of ash pond decant water for agriculture purpose around NTPC-Ramagundam Super Thermal Power Station. ID No. 1C/TFRI/2016/Ecol.-1(NTPC-Ramagundam)(1)

3- Controlling fugitive dust emission through biological reclamation of flyash lagoons in Shri Singaji Thermal Power Project, Dongaliya District, Khandwa (M.P.) ID No. 3C/TFRI/2016/Ecol.-3(MPPGCL-Jabalpur)(3)

4- Preparation of wild life conservation plan.for scheduled flora and fauna species.

5- Preparation of wild life conservation plan.including endangered species and comprehensive study of the impact on the wildlife for Malachua Opencast coal mining.Monitor Lizard.

Past Consultancies

6- Preparation of wildlife conservation plan for diversion of Forest areas for laying rail line between Gevra Road to Pendra Road, Dipka, Katghora and Pasan

7- FDAs (14Nos.)

8- Preparation of wild life conservation plan for Bhatgaon UG, Mahamaya UG, Kalyani UG & Dugga OCM ID No. 2C/TFRI/2016/Ecol.-2(SECL-Bhatgaon)(2)

9- Project Impact Assessment (P.I.A.) ID No. 4C/TFRI/2016/Silvi-1(MPSFDA-Bhopal)(1)

10- ID No. 5C/TFRI/2016/Silvi-2(MPSFDA-Bhopal)(2)

 

Arid Forest Research Institute Jodhpur

1- State Forest Department, Rajasthan:Evaluation of forest protection, management and developmental activities under Compensatory Afforestation and Management Authority in Rajasthan.

2- Rajasthan State Judicial Academy, Jodhpur:Designing, development and performance of urban forestry model for new campus of Rajasthan State Judicial Academy, Jodhpur.)

3- State Forest Department, Rajasthan:Development of nursery manual for forest tree species of Rajasthan. AFRI-34/Sil/SFD-Raj./2016-17

4- Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur: Designing development and performance of urban forestry model for new campus of Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur by Rajasthan High Court.

Past Consultancies

1- Integrated ecosystem approach (IEM) to rehabilitate degraded arid and semi-arid land of western India for combating desertification' for GEF-UNDP.

2- EIA of the project 'Integrated Watershed Development Project in Sunel Watershed of Pirawa Panchyat Samiti District Jhalawar, Rajasthan.

3- Evaluation of the plantation work on Gaurav path developed by the Jodhpur Development Authority on 100% physical verification basis.

4- ICRAF, New Delhi. Analysis of soil samples from different parts of Rajasthan for ICRAF, New Delhi.CETP, Balotra & Jasol, Rajasthan (Suitability of high TDS treated effluent water for growth of forestry tree species)

5- IIM, Udaipur: Preparation of baseline data on vegetation diversity and soil for IIM Udaipur Campus.

6- IIT, Jodhpur: Survey and characterization of soils &vegetation in the proposed land for IIT Rajasthan on Jodhpur – Nagaur Road, SFD, Rajasthan (Project document for erection of mega-shelterbelts in Western Rajasthan).

7- report on suitable species for biomass energy production. Submitted to Department of Forests, Government of Rajasthan & Banswara Biomass Energy Pvt. Ltd., Banswara, Rajasthan

 

HIMALAYAN FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE (HFRI), SHIMLA

ONGOING

1- Studies on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Preparation of Environmental Management Plan for Nakthan Hydroelectric Project (400 MW), District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to ICFRE, Dehra Dun by M/s Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited. ICFRE is taking up this assignment in collaboration with HFRI, Shimla. Field studies pertaining to flora, fauna and socioeconomics were taken up by HFRI and reports submitted to ICFRE accordingly.

2- Studies on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Preparation of Environment Management Plan for Thana-Plaun Hydroelectric Project (141 MW), District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to ICFRE, Dehra Dun by M/s Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited during February 2010. ICFRE is taking up this assignment in collaboration with HFRI, Shimla. Field studies pertaining to flora, fauna and socioeconomics were taken up by HFRI and reports submitted to ICFRE accordingly.

3- Studies on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Preparation of Environment Management Plan for Beri-Nichli Hydroelectric Project (78 MW), District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to ICFRE, Dehra Dun by M/s Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited during February 2010. ICFRE is taking up this assignment in collaboration with HFRI, Shimla. Field studies pertaining to flora, fauna and socioeconomics were taken up by HFRI and reports submitted to ICFRE accordingly.

4- Studies on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Preparation of Environment Management Plan for Surgani – Sundla Hydroelectric Project (42 MW), District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to ICFRE, Dehra Dun by M/s Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited during February 2010. ICFRE is taking up this assignment in collaboration with HFRI, Shimla. Data pertaining to floristics and socioeconomics was collected, analyzed and report prepared by HFRI and submitted to the ICFRE Headquarters for its finalization and inclusion in the final report.

5- Cumulative Environment Impact Assessment Studies (CEIAS) for Sutlej Basin in Himachal Pradesh.

Directorate of Energy, Government of Himachal Pradesh, Shanti Bhawan, New Shimla, Shimla-171 009 (H.P.) has assigned the task of taking up of studies on "Cumulative Environment Impact Assessment Studies (CEIAS) for Sutlej Basin in Himachal Pradesh" ICFRE is taking up this work through HFRI, Shimla. Data pertaining to floristics and socioeconomics was collected, analyzed and report prepared by HFRI and submitted to the ICFRE Headquarters for its finalization and inclusion in the final report.

6- Monitoring of Plantations Raised under H.P. State CAMPA

Himachal Pradesh Forest Department has assigned the task of monitoring and evaluation of plantations raised under H.P. State CAMPA. A detailed comprehensive monitoring of the plantations were carried out as per the standard procedure and Division-wise and State Report of the monitoring were submitted is being finalized.

COMPLETED / PAST CONSULTANCIES :

1- Monitoring of Plantations Raised under H.P. State CAMPA Himachal Pradesh Forest Department has assigned the task of monitoring and evaluation of plantations raised under H.P. State CAMPA during January 2015. A detailed comprehensive monitoring of the plantations were carried out as per the standard procedure and Division-wise and State Report of the monitoring were submitted to Himachal Pradesh Forest Department.

 

Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi

2015-16:

1- Establishment of demonstration plots of Nisoth (Operculia turpenthum) and Sheonak (Oroxylum indicum) [M/S Dabur India Ltd., Gaziabad [PI – Sh. Sanjeev Kumar, Scientist - D; PP – 2014 – 16; Total outlay - `.4.50 lakh]

2- Bamboo genetic evaluation, improvement and propagation – Phase –II [PI - Dr. Sanjay Singh, Scientist - F; PP- 3 years (2015 – 2019); Budget - `. 32.882 lakh, Funded by: NBM, New Delhi]

3- Improvement in seed yield of Jatropha curcas through breeding and silvicultural practices. [PI - Dr. Animesh Sinha, Scientist - E; PP- 3 yrs (2014 – 2017); Budget - `. 31.95 lakh, Funded by: DBT, New Delhi]

4- Agroforestry capacity building project of Bihar State [PP- 3 yrs (2013 – 2018); Budget - `. 1399.00 lakh, Funded by: Hariyali Mission, Govt. of Bihar]

2016-17:

1- Establishment of demonstration plots of Nisoth (Operculia turpenthum) and Sheonak (Oroxylum indicum) [M/S Dabur India Ltd., Gaziabad [PI – Sh. Sanjeev Kumar, Scientist - D; PP – 2014 – 16; Total outlay - `.4.50 lakh]

2- Improvement in seed yield of Jatropha curcas through breeding and silvicultural practices. [PI - Dr. Animesh Sinha, Scientist - E; PP- 3 yrs (2014 – 2017); Budget - `. 31.95 lakh, Funded by: DBT, New Delhi]

3- Bamboo genetic evaluation, improvement and propagation – Phase –II [PI - Dr. Sanjay Singh, Scientist - E; PP- 3 years (2015 – 2019); Budget - `. 32.882 lakh, Funded by: NBM, New Delhi]

4- Assessment of genetic structure, linkage disequilibrium and marker-wood trait association in CPTs of teak (Techtona grandis L.f.) maintained at National teak germplasm bank, chandrapur (M.S.) using molecular markers [ DST funded] [PI - Dr. S. A. Ansari, Scientist - G; PP – 2015 – 18; Total outlay - `.44.96 lakh]

5- Agroforestry capacity building project of Bihar State [PP- 3 yrs (2013 – 2018); Budget - `. 1399.00 lakh, Funded by: Hariyali Mission, Govt. of Bihar]

 

Institute of Forest Biodiversity, Hyderabad

1- Enumeration, Geotagging and Inventorization of Tree-Biodiversity at NTPC-RSTPS.

2- NTPC Accelerated Afforestation Programme of 10 million trees – in seven different states.

3- Monitoring and Evaluation of Plantations and other works under Andhra Pradesh CAMPA (2016-17)

Past Consultancies

Personnel of IFB participated in the rapid EIA studies of the mining in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts of Karnataka, undertaken by ICFRE, EM Division, Dehradun (2011-16)

Personnel of IFB participated in the Carrying capacity studies of Saranda forest region in West Singhbhum district, Jharkhand, undertaken by ICFRE, EM Division, Dehradun (2015-16)

Personnel of IFB participated in the Environmental Audit of the coal mines of the Coal India Ltd., undertaken by ICFRE, EM Division, Dehradun (2015-16)

 

Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding Coimbatore

1- Preparation of Rehabilitation and Reclamation plan (R&R Plan) for iron ore mines in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts of Karnataka state

2- Environmental auditing of open cast coal mines of Coal India Ltd.

 

Rain Forest Research Institute Jorhat

Ongoing

1- RFRI, Jorhat executed Consultancy Project entitled “Preparation of Biodiversity Management Plan, Regional Wildlife Plan and Carrying Capacity Study for the Makum Coal Fields in Assam", funded by Northeastern Coalfields Ltd. (NEC), Margherita, Assam.

 

Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Malleswaram, Bengaluru

1- Andhra Pradesh Forest Department - Wood Balance Studies (Rs. 23.00 Lakh) Draft MoU sent to APFD

2- Maharashtra Forest Department- Assessment of Timber availability from all Sources in the State of Maharashtra (Rs. 26.00 Lakh)- To be initiated

3- ITC Ltd Bangalore- on Wood Polymer Composites and Utilization of Eucalyptus for Furniture (Rs. 300 Lakh) - Completed

Advanced Research Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ARCBR)

Past Consultancies:

1- ARCBR submitted a report on the Lichen Diversity of Yamuna and Tons River Valley in Uttarakhand as a part CEIA study carried out by ICFRE.

2- ARCBR submitted a report on the Lichen Diversity of Bhutan as a part CEIA study carried out by ICFRE.

3- ARCBR Aizawl Mizoram submitted a report on Lichen and higher plants diversity in North East coal fields Assam to RFRI under a consultancy project entitled “Preparation of Biodiversity Management Plan, Regional Wildlife Plan and Carrying Capacity Study for the Makum Coal Fields in Assam”.