Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change and Forest Degradation on Carbon Stocks and Population Dynamics in the Oak Zone of the Central Himalayas
Funded : Department of Science and Technology (DST)
The study was conducted better understand the functioning of the central Himalayan forest ecosystems and its response to climate change and chronic human disturbance. Concurrently, better estimates of carbon sequestration rates, particularly in disturbed zones, will greatly enhance our ability to provide accurate carbon data for the Himalayan forests. This assumes great importance as a result of REDD which is currently being debated in the International arena. Finally, permanent plots have largely not been established for the central Himalaya. Early plots established by the forest department to look into growth rates do not focus adequately on regeneration and the impacts of human disturbance, and this study aims to establish plots that take into cognizance a range of disturbance regimes that typify the Himalayan forests today.
The Political Economy of Water Security, Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods in the Western Himalayas
Funded : Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)
The study explored the nature of dependence of local communities (especially the rural and urban poor) on hydrological flows and other ecosystem services in micro catchments in montane environments in low income regions in South Asia. In particular, the water security needs of populations living in small towns in these hill and mountain regions, and the extent to which these are met from hydrological flows from surrounding catchments and watersheds. Basically, to develop an understanding of the hydrological needs of small towns in low income regions, and the extent to which these needs can be met through ecosystem based interventions in surrounding watersheds across three distinct governance and socio-economic contexts in the Western Himalayan region, and to disseminate these findings to the wider research and policy community.
Determining the Impact of Fodder Program under IFLDP (Integrated Fodder and Livestock Development Program) on Livelihoods and Forests of Uttarakhand Himalayas
Funded : Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT)
CEDAR has assisted Himmotthan Society to determine the impact of IFLDP on both the lives of local people and on ecosystem recovery. This exercise was based largely on surveys to monitor the impact on women’s drudgery, monitoring of grass production and milk production, and forest sampling to determine growth rates of trees in forests subject to chronic disturbances. While this was a mid-term assessment it yielded valuable information on ways and means to enhance the IFLDP programme in the years to come.
To Study the Growth and Survival of Bamboo Plantations in Different Parts of Uttarakhand
Funded : Uttarakhand Bamboo and Fiber Development Board (UBFDB)
Uttarakhand Bamboo and Fiber Development Board has undertaken major plantation programs in emerging as a major source of raw material for several processed products primarily due to its fast growth, wide spread occurrence and its multiple uses. UBFDB has undertaken plantations in five forest divisions of Uttarakhand. These forest divisions are Dehradun, Terai Central, Terai West, Lansdowne forest division and Nainital forest division. The UBFDB has established extensive nurseries and undertaken plantations in different areas of Uttarakhand. The total plantations carried out by the board since 2006-07 to 2009 is close to15,000 ha in 20 forest divisions The present project aimed to provide scientific assistance to the UBFDB in collecting information essentially on growth parameters and survival rates of bamboo plantations in undertaken by UBFDB in different parts of the state. The study focused on different species of bamboo.
Analysing Opportunities for Carbon Trading and Multiple Benefits for the Uttarakhand
Funded : Himmotthan Society (SRTT)
CEDAR has received a grant from Himmotthan society to analyse REDD policy, practice and implementation and disseminate lessons learnt to state and national audience. Our goal is to generate knowledge and identify cross linkages which can help reduce forest emissions in a way that they are effective and feasible and that generate co-benefits such as poverty alleviation.