The Ministry of Environment and
Forests is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the
central government for planning, promotion and coordination of
environmental and forestry programmes. The main activities of the
Ministry are conservation and survey of flora, fauna, forests and
wildlife; prevention and control of pollution, afforestation and
regeneration of degraded areas and protection of environment. These
tasks are being fulfilled through environmental impact assessment,
eco-regeneration, assistance to organizations implementing
environmental and forestry programmes; promotion of environmental and
forestry research, extension, education and training to augment the
requisite manpower; dissemination of environmental information;
international cooperation and creation of environmental awareness
among all sectors of the country's population.
||II. Name of scheme(s)
1. Environmental Research Programme (ERP)
Research Scheme (ERS)
3. Eastern and Western Ghats Research
4. Biosphere Reserves
Mangroves and Coral Reefs
Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS)
8. Ganga Action
Plan/National River Conservation Programme
9. Research and
Consultancy Projects in Wildlife
Research Programme (ERP)
To develop strategies, technologies, methodologies, information and
data dissemination for better environment management permitting
ii) To develop infrastructure and
trained manpower for undertaking environment research.
To undertake R&D projects which particularly aim at attempting
solutions to the practical problems of resource management and
provide necessary inputs for development and formulation of Action
Plans for conservation of natural resources and restoration and
improvement of environmental quality, while permitting sustainable
2. Ecosystems Research Scheme (ERS)
The scheme aims on inter disciplinary
programme of research which emphasizes on ecological approach to the
study of inter relationship between man and the environment and seeks
to generate scientific knowledge needed to manage the natural
resources wisely. Research activities which are undertaken pertain to
environmental management with emphasis on development of
processes/systems, instruments, generation of information on health
and toxicology, development of methodology for impact assessment and
general approach/strategies for sustainable environmental management
3. Eastern and Western Ghats Research Programme
To promote research and to evolve
scientific inputs and technology packages for solving location
specific problems in the fragile areas of Eastern and Western Ghats.
The information generated out of these projects is used for
developing strategies for conservation and management of natural
resources of these areas.
To conserve the biodiversity and
genetic integrity of plants, animals and micro organism in their
totality as a part of the natural ecosystems so as to ensure their
self-perpetuation and unhindered evolution of living resources. To
promote research that would assist ecological conservation both
within and areas adjacent to these reserves. To provide facilities
for international cooperation and people - environment interaction in
a whole range of bio-climatic and bio-geographic situations of the
biosphere. To provide opportunities for people's participation in
achieving these objectives.
and Coral Reefs
Conservation and protection of
the mangrove ecosystem from further degradation
Afforestation of degraded mangrove areas
genetic diversity, especially of the threatened and endemic species,
Creation of awareness among the people on importance of
mangrove ecosystem and the need for conservation.
Fresh water wetland resources which
exhibit a great ecological diversity are of great economic, aesthetic
and ecological importance. Research on various aspects of
conservation and management of wetlands including enhancements of
their productivity are promoted through appropriate agencies.
7. National Natural Resources Management System
Utilisation of remote sensing technology
for accurate inventory of resources such as land, water, forest,
minerals, oceans etc., and to utilize this information for monitoring
changes in ecological systems.
Action Plan/National River Conservation Programme
i) Pollution Monitoring viz. pollution
areas, Point sources, Non-point sources, Monitoring techniques,
Technologies for sewage treatment.
Quality Monitoring viz. Physico-chemical and biological parameters,
Performance monitoring of sewage treatment plants, Annual sanitary
iii) Impact Analysis viz. Human health, Animal
health, Biodiversity, Fisheries, Agriculture
De-toxification, Water Recycling & Resource Recovery viz.
Microbiological degradation Bio-filter earthworms, Use of sewage
waste and industrial effluents in Fisheries, Animal husbandry, Crop
husbandry, Forestry, Bio-energy generation.
Impact, Environment Economics, Analysis of pollution and investment
options viz. Sociological and cultural aspects, Economic and
aesthetic aspects, Public awareness and participation, River basin
management with a balance between ecological and economic growth
priorities, Impact assessment of human activities in river basin such
as tourism, mining, construction, industrialization etc.
Impact of GAP Schemes in seven selected towns.
9. Research and Consultancy projects in Wildlife
Strengthening and enhancing protected area
Effective Management of Protected Areas.
Conservation of wild and endangered species and their habitats.
Restoration of Degraded Habitats outside Protected Areas.
Control of Poaching and Illegal Trade in Wild Animal and Plant
Monitoring and research.
Development and Personnel Planning.
Ensuring Peoples support
and participation in Wildlife conservation.
education and protected area interpretation.
Domestic legislation and international
Who can submit a proposal
Universities, Colleges recognized by UGC, Institutions of CSIR, ICAR,
ICMR, ICSSR and recognized non-governmental scientific organizations.
When and how to submit a proposal
Thirty copies of
the research proposal are to be submitted at any time during the year
in the prescribed form which can be downloaded from the website
Areas of research support
Ministry of Environment
& Forests has been funding research in multi-disciplinary aspects
of environmental & ecosystems protection, conservation and
management at various universities, institutions of higher learning,
national research institutes and non-governmental organizations. The
matrix for supporting research in Environment for the remaining 10th
Five Year Plan is:
Category of Research
Sub-Category Thrust areas
Supporting Policy making Afforestation strategies
Research Supporting Policy making & Environmental Cost Benefit
analysis Hypothesis testing
Policy Research Supporting
Policy making Economic valuation of environmental resources
Policy Research Supporting Policy making Economic instruments for
Policy Research Supporting Policy
making Ethno biology
Policy Research Supporting Policy
making Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources and
Policy Research Supporting Policy
making Research for supporting negotiations on multilateral
Policy Research Technology
evaluation Economic utilization of waste, control of pollution
Policy Research Modelling/validation of models Climate change models
Policy Research Modelling/validation of models Natural resources
Policy Research Survey of analysis Health and
Policy Research Survey of analysis Monitoring and
analysis of environmental quality
Applied Research R&D
Technologies Pollution control technologies
R&D Technologies Clean technologies
Survey & analysis Natural resource inventories and mapping
Applied Research Methodologies Restoration of Degraded Ecosystems
Applied Research Methodologies Conservation and management of various
Basic Research Taxonomy Identification,
Components of grant
Salaries, equipment, expendables and supplies, travel, contingencies
Items not allowed out of grant
International travel cost.
implementation and monitoring
After initial scrutiny, the
proposal is referred to experts in the field. The Advisory Committee
makes recommendations based on the comments of experts. The
recommendations of the Advisory Committee are further processed by
the Department for its sanction. The PI is required to submit annual
progress report in a prescribed proforma. The monitoring committee
evaluates the progress of the project based on presentation by the
P.I. Action is taken on the evaluation report. Thirty copies of the
project completion report (PCR) are required to be submitted. Copies
of the report are referred to experts.
||Contact Address: Adviser,Research Division,
of Environment and Forests Paryavaran Bhavan, Block No. 2 CGO
Complex, Lodi Road New Delhi- 110003
For research proposals on Wildlife
(5 typed copies of application are
required to be submitted to:)
General (Wildlife) Ministry of Environment & Forests Paryavaran
Bhawan, Block No. 2 CGO Complex, Lodi Road New Delhi-110003