G. B. Pant
Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development
was established in August 1988, at Kosi-Katarmal,
Almora, as an Autonomous Institute of the
Ministry of Environment and
Forests, Government of India.
The Institute is identified as a focal agency, to
advance scientific knowledge, to evolve integrated
management strategies, demonstrate their efficacy
for conservation of natural resources and
to ensure environmentally sound
development in the entire Indian Himalayan Region (IHR).
Apart from undertaking research and technology
development and/or demonstration on its own, the
Institute has established linkages with National and
International Organizations committed to environment
and development linked issues in the mountain regions.
The Institute has been
recognized as a nodal agency for research and
development programmes in the Indian Himalaya by the
Planning Commission, the Ministry of Environment and
Forests, Government of India, and many International
organizations. All R&D activities of the Institute are
essentially multi-disciplinary in nature, and based on
a conscious effort to interlink natural and social
sciences to promote sustainable development.