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Terrestrial Ecology

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Terrestrial Ecology

Terrestrial Ecology Division is a major division in the Institute. The division was known as ‘Dryland Division’ from the inception of the institute which is renamed as ‘Terrestrial Ecology Division’ in the year 2011. The division has sufficient expert manpower are available in various thematic areas of research in the field of terrestrial ecology, biodiversity and sociology. The major aim and objective of the division is to carry out research and developmental activities in the field of terrestrial ecology and biodiversity of arid and semi-arid regions of Gujarat and adjoining states, using sound ecological principles. From the inception of the institute, the division has been involved in developing benchmark database for ecosystems and biodiversity of Kachchh and Gujarat through continuous monitoring and assessment activities. The goal of the division is to identify problem areas in the arid and semi-arid environment of Gujarat and evolve appropriate solutions and management strategies with the help of applied research. Terrestrial ecology is a leading division for awareness generation and communication of ecological knowledge through publication of books, research articles, booklets, newspaper articles and organization of conference and workshop.

Presently, the division is involved in various areas of research and developmental activities which include;

  • Biodiversity (Flora and fauna) surveys in various parts of Gujarat.
  • Biodiversity Impact Assessment and Monitoring.
  • Developing Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan (WCMP), Microplan for forest villages and Forest Protection Plan (FPP).
  • Ecosystem based assessment includes forest, grassland, desert, coast and agricultural ecosystem.
  • Status Assessment of plant and animal species and its communities.
  • In-situ and Ex-situ Conservation of threatened species of plants and animals.
  • Behavioural Ecology and Animal Ecology
  • Medicinal plant survey and ethno-medicinal assessment.
  • Acting as a Technical Support Group (TSG) for Constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) and Preparation of People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR) for Gram Panchayats.
  • Natural Resource Management and livelihood development.
  • Economic and ecological evaluation of natural resources
  • Reclamation and Restoration of grassland, soil and Rann
  • Climate change impact assessment
  • Third party evaluation of Environment, Watershed and CSR Projects.