Environment & Ecology
Conservation and Management of Wetlands in Himachal Pradesh
The State Council is the nodal agency of the Govt. of HP for conservation and management of wetlands in the State. At present three RAMSAR SITES namely Pongdam, Renukaji and Chandertaal wetlands alongewith Rewalsar and Khajjiar(National Wetlands)are being managed by the State Council in the State.
Chander Taal Wetland
Pong Wetland
Renuka Wetland

National Environment Awareness Campaign

National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC) is a national level programme launched by the MOEF. The campaign focus on scientific environment issues of national and local importance.
The NGO's, educational and training institutions, professional associations, scientific bodies, community organisations can participate in the campaign and maximum funding upto Rs.30,000/- is provided to any NGO/Institution. The NEAC theme is decided by the MOEF. The Council has been designated as a Regional Resource Agency for HP by MOEF to co-ordinate the NEAC activities in the State.

Solid Waste Management

The Council has taken number of initiatives under Solid Waste Management Programme like Secretariat waste management scheme, Waste survey and assessment in towns, Installation of Micro waste recycling units in schools, Bio conversion plant at Solan and organising Teacher training workshops.
Under the NORAD project, 14 Micro Waste Recycling Units have been installed in School. The Council is also disseminating other Waste Recycling/Treatment Technologies.

Plasma pyrolysis project for the safe disposal of plastic waste established at MC, Dharmshala(H.P.)

Micro-waste paper recycling unit installed at Auckland House School, Shimla

State of Environment Report

The Council has published a State of Environment Report (SOER) which contains information and data on various facets of environment e.g. forestry, agriculture, water resources, wildlife & biodiversity etc.. On the basis of SOER, an Environment Policy for HP has also been formulated by the Govt. of HP. SER is available for reference in the Council. SOER 2010 was published by the Dept. of Environment, Science & Technology, HP which complied and was prepared by the State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, HP.
Environment Policy for Himachal Pradesh
The Environment Policy formulated by the Council for the Govt. of HImachal Pradesh
  1. H.P. Govt. shall help to promote the development of an economically and environmentally sound eco-system while endeavouring to improve the living standards of the people of the State. The Govt. is concious of the intrinsic value of the environment and of the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic values thereof. Further, it realises the importance of environment for evolution and for maintaining life sustaining systems.
  2. The Govt. of H.P. expresses its resolve to conserve and enhance the environment and follow a policy of sustainable development. Being aware of its central role in forging and directing the development on a sustainable matrix, it calls upon people, Panchayati Raj and local bodies, institutions and organs of the State for extending their full co-operation in this effort.
Main areas of environmental concern:
i. Inaccessibility
ii. Fragility
iii. Marginality
Guidelines:
The policy guidelines comprise parts covering subjects of land use Geology, Forest, Agriculture, Horticulture, Water resources, Industries, Energy, Tourism, Health, Biodiversity & Pollution in relation to the environment and action required in each area.

Copies of the Environment Policy are presently available in the Council.

National Green Corps (Eco-clubs)

National Green Corps (NGC) is a scheme of MOEF to establish Eco-clubs in about 250 schools of each district of all the States and Union Territories of India. The Council as a nodal agency has launched National Green Corps (NGC) in the State in collaboration with MOEF. Eco-clubs numbering 250 in each districts have established in about 100 schools of each district. The main objective of NGC is to inculcate an appreciation for nature and to impart and disseminate environment education among students and masses in the state.
Manual of NGC (Eco-clubs ) for Himachal Pradesh is available with the Council general.
National bio-diversity Strategy & Action plan initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests [MOEF], Govt. of India, New Delhi. aims at formulating State and National level strategies and Action Plans for conserving biodiversity for sustainable use of biological resources in the State. The Council is the nodal agency for the formulation of State Biodiversity Strategy and Action plan for the state of H.P. has prepared Biodiversity strategy & Action Plan for the State and collabroted with Tribal Devlpment Advisory Committee cum Tribal Devlopment Department prepared Sub State Site Strategy & Action Plan for Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnaur distts. of the State.
The Council has prepared Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for H.P. which has been submitted to the MOEF.
Biodiversity Policy for the State of H.P.
The Council has prepared a draft "Biodiversity Policy for the State of H.P" which was circulated to Govt. Departments, Members of State Biodiversity Steering Committee and Members, Technical Policy & Core Group and National Bio-diversity Strategy and Action Plan [NBSAP], New Delhi for obtaining suggestions before finalization of the draft policy guidelines.

State Biodiversity Board

The State Biodiversity Board has been established by the Govt. of H.P. under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, to the Govt. of H.P. in the office of the State Council for Science, Technology & Enviornment, HP. Other official and non official (expert) members are as follows:

Members of the Board are as follows:

Official Members
Expert Members
1.
The Additional Chief Secretary (Forests), to the Govt. of H. P
Member
1.
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr.Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni, Distt. Solan, H.P.
Member
2.
The Additional Chief Secretary (Env. & ST), to the Govt.of of H.P.
Member
.
2.
Sh. S.K. Pandey Ex-Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, H.P. M.S.2 Flat No. 902, Kendriya Vihar, Sector 56, Gurgaon.
Member
3.
The Principal Secretary (Ayurveda), to the
Govt. of H. P.
Member
3.
Prof. T.N. Lakhanpal, Ex- Director, Integrated Institute of Himalayan Environment Studies Centre, H.P. University, Summer Hill, Shimla-5, H.P.
Member
4.
The Principal Secretary (Agriculture/Horticulture), to the Govt. of H.P
Member
4.
The Director Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology, CSIR Complex, Palampur-176061
Member
5.
The Director (Environment & ST) to the Government of H. P
Member
5.
Dr. B.D. Sharma Ex-Incharge National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Regional Station, Phagli, Shimla-4, H.P.
Member
Member Secretary State Council for Science Technology and Environment, H.P, 34-SDA Complex, Kasumpti, Shimla-9.
Convener
Nodal Officer:
Sh. Kamraja Kaisth, Principal Scientific Officer
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