Improving Livelihood and Ecology in three disaster affected area of Uttarakhand


Principal Investigator : Dr. Kiran Negi, Himalayan Environmental Studies & Conservation Organization (HESCO)

Co-Principal Investigator : Dr. Rakesh Kumar & Dr. Himani Purohit

Contact details :

Email : kirannegi [dot] wise [at] gmail [dot] com   Mob No. : +91-9411112402

Thrust Area : Gender sensitive development

Project Area : Joshimath, Karaprayag of district Chamoli and Raipur of District Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Objectives :

  • To restore environment and economy of the affected areas

  • To establish 3 nurseries as source of planting material for community

  • To develop green zones in the different locations as ecological drive as well as economic pursuits

  • To establish ecopreneurship in villages for over all development



Uttarakhand disaster has left trail of wounds in the villages. Besides various loses, forest and water sources have also been affected adversely. One of the major drives which can be carried out currently is through increase green cover to mitigate ecological losses besides meeting regular biomass needs of the community HESCO is developing an innovative approach to strengthen the hill community by intervention of science and technology in livelihood supporting and income generating activities. The present project aims to restore the ecology and economy of the affected areas through introducing nursery as a source of planting material for the community. Increase area of forest through plantation as a green cover will help the community create as an enterprise which will recharge their natural springs as well. The green cover will help animal husbandry as fodder scarcity is a major problem (introduction of grasses and shrubs). This project assumes to increase overall green cover and for restoration of region.

This project assumes to increase overall green cover and for restoration of region. The establishment of community structures for environment protection is being developed through community and children involvement; nursery preparation; training and field visit; and reforestation campaigns. The progress details are regular meeting with community; training on Nursery preparation techniques; training on land management and conservation through plantation of quality planting material; preparation of Fruit, fodder and fuel nursery; awareness workshop Training on reduction fuel; exposure visit; regular meetings in each village; discussion on plantation, save forest, recycling of papers; and plantings tree on special days like their birthday, earth day, environment day, etc.


  • Village-wise meetings were organized with communities and selection of beneficiaries is done.
  • A total of three nurseries of 200 sq.m in all three locations with the concern of all villages were established.
  • Five days’ exposure, and nursery training programs were organized at Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun, where 22 participants from all three sites were exposed to the nursery techniques.
  • Land management and conservation through plantation of quality planting material.
  • Total 17,208 numbers of plants of fruit and fodder species were planted under the program “Plantation Drive”.
  • Farmers, youth, women, and school children engaged and are rewarded for protecting trees.
  • A total of 180 workers got trained
  • A total 3 nurseries of 200sqm established in selected villages
  • Total 7590 fruit, fodder and fuel plants have been distributed to the community of villages
  • Total 3 training on nursery management were organized, wherein 69 member participated
  • 3 days' training programme in all 3 sites (Bagoli, Joshimath, Serachowki) on land management and conservation was carried out among 66 farmers of the village
  • Increase in plant biodiversity benefitted farmers by increasing their family income by ecopreneurship.
  • 66 participants from Bagoli, Karanpryag, Chamoli, Joshimath, Serachowki and Dehradun participated in land management and conservation through plantation of quality planting material
  • 69 farmers were trained in nursery techniques from different target areas.
Nursery training and discussion with the local community
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