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| Last Updated:: 02/08/2019

Annual Report 2018-19

 

Government of India

Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change

(EI Division)

Factsheet of 2018-19 on Activities of BSI ENVIS RP on Biodiversity

1.       

Name of Host Organization:

Botanical Survey of India

2.       

Assigned Subject Area:

Biodiversity

3.       

Date/Month/Year of establishment of ENVIS Centre:

18th March, 1994

4.       

Name and designation of ENVIS Coordinator (2018-19):

Dr. Kanad Das (From 27th March 2019)

Scientist ‘E’, Head Quarter, BSI

& In-Charge, BSI ENVIS Resource Partner

Cryptogamic Unit

Botanical Survey of India

Howrah – 711103, West Bengal

and

Dr. V. Sampath Kumar (Upto 26th March, 2019)

Scientist ‘D’ & In-Charge

BSI ENVIS Resource Partner

Central National Herbarium

Botanical Survey of India

Howrah – 711103, West Bengal

5.       

Has the Host Organization constituted an Advisory Committee for guiding the activities of the Centre?

 

Yes

 

 

Composition of the Advisory Committee:

 

(Select YES or NO: if YES kindly fill the right column space; if NO kindly leave it blank)

 

  • YES
  • NO

 

1.    Dr. P. Singh, Director, Botanical Survey of India

2.    Dr. P. V. Prasanna, Scientist ‘F’ & HoO, Central National Herbarium, Botanical Survey of India, Howrah

3.    Dr. P. Lakshminarasimhan, Scientist ‘E’ & HoO, Western Regional Centre, Botanical Survey of India, Pune

4.    Dr. V. Sampath Kumar, Scientist ‘D’, Central National Herbarium, Botanical Survey of India, Howrah

5.    Dr. P.K. Pusalkar, Scientist ‘D’, Northern Regional Centre, Botanical Survey of India, Dehra Dun

6.    Dr. J. Jayanthi, Scientist ‘D’, Western Regional Centre, Botanical Survey of India, Pune

7.    Dr. W. Arisdason, Scientist ‘C’, Hqrs., Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata

 

 

 

 

6.       

Current BSI ENVIS RP Staff Structure:

Name

Position held

Qualification

and Experience

Joining

Date in ENVIS Centre

Joining

Date in current position

2018-19

Leaving Date (if applicable)

Emoluments drawn (Rs.)

Monthly

Annual

Dr. Soumen Gantait

Programme Officer

M.Sc., Ph.D., Certificate Course in Computer Application.

Total Research Experience: 23 Years; Field of Specialization: Plant Taxonomy. Total Work Experience in ENVIS Centre: 11 years

01.12.2007

01.04.2014

 

38,586.90

4,63,042.80

Mr. Tapas Chakrabortty

Information Officer

B.Sc., PGDSA

Total Work Experience: 22 Years

01.04.1996

01.04.2018

 

32,228.90

3,86,746.80

Mr. Somenath Nandi

IT Officer

B.Com., PGDCA

Total Work Experience: 23 Years

01.07.1995

01.04.2018

 

26,065.60

3,12,787.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.       

Mandate of the Host Organization

Mandate of the BSI ENVIS RP

Conduct intensive and extensive floristic surveys and collect information on the occurrence, distribution, ecology and economic utility of plants in the country. Act as the custodian of authentic plant collections in well-planned herbaria. Publish the documented plant resources of the country in the form of local, district, state and national floras.

Conduct revisionary/monographic studies on selected plant groups. Preparation of seed, pollen and spore atlas of Indian plants. Develop and maintain Botanical Gardens and Museums. Document the Traditional Knowledge associated with plants, and ex situ conservation of wild plant resources of the country. Collect, identify, and distribute materials useful to academic and research institutions. Apart, organise Refresher Courses and post M.Sc. Certificate Courses to build taxonomy capacity among students, research scholars and teachers from various colleges and universities across the country.

Systematic collection, compilation and dissemination of authentic and valid data (mainly of secondary data) on “Floral Diversity” i.e. collect, collate and disseminate the data through the dedicated website of BSI ENVIS RP on Biodiversity at BSI. The data would be comprehensively informative to different research institutes, research scholars and students in various fields of plant sciences. Further these data would be helpful to policy makers, stakeholders and common people.

Objectives of BSI ENVIS RP:

i.        To promote, implement and coordinate Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP).

ii.      To implement and coordinate Grid Based Decision Support System (GRIDSS) programme.

iii.    To build a repository and dissemination centre in Environmental Science, Information and Management (ESIM).

iv.     To enable application of modern technologies of acquisition, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information of environmental nature.

v.       To support and promote research, development and innovation in ESIM.

vi.     To build storage, retrieval and dissemination capabilities, with the ultimate objective of disseminating information speedily to the users.

vii.   To build a strong statistical base such that ENVIS is recognised as a South Asian Hub for ESIM.

viii. To promote national cooperation and liaise with agencies concerned for exchange of environment related information.

ix.    To promote, support and assist education and personnel training programmes designed to enhance ESIM capabilities.

                   

 

8.                 Databases:

8.1.           Catalogue of Non-numeric Databases compiled by the BSI ENVIS RP till date:

Name of Database

Description

(in brief)

Data type

(descriptive/ graphical/ geospatial/ etc.)

Status of Updation/ Periodicity/ Data Points Compiled (including date/month/year of  last data point)

Source(s) of data

Online Availability

(Whether uploaded on ENVIS Website)

A checklist of plants of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The database consists of a brief introduction along with climate, vegetation and plant diversity (Bryophyte, Pteridophyte, Gymnosperm and Angiosperm) of Andaman & Nicobar.

Descriptive

 

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Invasive Alien Species of India

The database consists of a comprehensive list of invasive alien species found in India. It provides botanical name, habit and nativity of 173 invasive alien plant species that occur in India; besides, it gives general characteristic features and common control measures of invasive species. The database includes the most serious invasive species such as Alternanthera philoxeroides, Cassia uniflora, Chromolaena odorata, Eichhornia crassipes, Lantana camara, Parthenium hysterophorus and Prosopis juliflora.

Descriptive

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Type Specimens at Botanical Survey of India

 

This database provides information on the type specimens that have been housed at various herbaria of Botanical Survey of India (about 15,000 type specimens at CAL, Howrah followed by 1016 at MH, Coimbatore; 244 at BSI, Pune; 175 at ASSAM, Shillong; 163 at BSD, Dehra Dun; 136 at PBL, Port Blair; 49 at BSA, Allahabad; 32 at BSIS, Kolkata; 31 at ARUN, Itanagar; 20 at BSJO, Jodhpur; 17 at BSHC, Gangtok and 15 at BSID, Hyderabad. These may be Holotype, Isotype(s), Syntype(s), Isosyntype(s), Lectotype, Isolectotype(s), Neotype, Isoneotype, Epitype or Isoepitype. The database consisting details of type specimens and their images will gradually be made available through ENVIS portal. 

Tabular

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Status of Plant Diversity in India, States and Union Territories

Status of Plant Diversity in India: An overview

It provides general information about the country, followed by diversity of ecosystem and vegetation, diversity and status of species in various plant groups, threats and conservation strategies, references, photographs of various habitats and plants.

State-wise (Union Territories also) status of plant diversity: So far, plant diversity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Lakshadweep has been uploaded.

Descriptive

Quarterly

Secondary

Yes

Plant Discoveries in India

A comprehensive list of newly discovered plants from India, and new plant records to India and their publication details are provided in the database.

Descriptive

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Catalogue of Indian Herbaria

Information such as name and address of recognised Indian herbaria (94 nos.) with their acronyms, year of establishment, its jurisdiction, important collections and number of specimens housed. Apart, name, affiliation and e-mail ID of contact person of the respective herbarium are provided.

Tabular

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Biodiversity hotspots in India

Information such as list of 34 Biodiversity Hotspots of the World including map, 8 Biodiversity Hotspots of Asia and 4 Biodiversity Hotspots in India has been given; detailed information on 4 India Biodiversity Hotspots like map, endemism, threats has also been given.

Descriptive

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Families and Genera of  Algae, Bryophyte, Fungi, Lichens, Gymnosperm,  Pteridophytes, and Angiosperms in India

The database consists of a brief introduction along with a list of families and genera of Algae, Bryophyte, Fungi, Lichens, Gymnosperm, Pteridophytes, and Angiosperms of India.

Descriptive

 

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Fragile Ecosystems of India

Information on two fragile ecosystems, viz. Cold deserts of India and Mangroves of India is given along with a list of plants (angiosperm, gymnosperm and pteridophytes) in Cold Deserts of Western Himalaya.

Descriptive

 

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Plants of Ethno-botanical Importance

It comprises botanical name, family name, description, flowering and fruiting period, distribution, various properties and economic values of each plant species used by various ethnic communities of West Bengal, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Rajasthan and their conservation measures.

Descriptive

Monthly

 

Secondary

Yes

Medicinal Plants

Detailed information on 300 medicinal plant species has been prepared. However, the data, including botanical name, family name, habitat, parts used and their medicinal uses of only 30 plant species in Bengali and English are provided.

Descriptive

Annual

 

Secondary Data

Yes

Red-listed Plants

The database consists of a list of Rare, Endangered and Threatened plant species of India. For every taxon, botanical name, family name, state-wise distribution and IUCN status are provided.

Descriptive

Depending  on availability of data

Secondary Data

Yes

Indian Mangroves

It gives a list of 48 mangrove plant species (true mangroves and associates) of India, including botanical name, local name(s), description, ecology, flowering and fruiting period, distribution in India and world, uses, notes, references and plant photographs.

Descriptive

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Endemic and Threatened Taxa

This database gives a complete list of endemic and threatened plant species of all the 29 states of India; each taxon is provided with botanical name, family name and IUCN status.

Descriptive

Annual

 

Secondary

Yes

Wetlands (Aquatic and Wetland Plants of India)

Information on identified wetlands (115 nos.) in different states of India under National Wetland Conservation Programme, and an exhaustive list of Aquatic and Wetland Plants (belonging to various plant groups) of India, furnished with botanical name, family name and state-wise distribution of each taxon. 

Tabular

Annual

Secondary Data

Yes

Coastal Plants

Diversity, distribution and status of coastal plant species in India are provided in tabular form

Tabular

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Carnivorous Plants

It consists of a comprehensive list of 38 species of Utricularia, 3 species of Drosera and 1 species each from Aldrovanda and Nepenthes; the botanical name of each carnivorous plant species is  hyperlinked with information such as family name, local name(s), description, flowering and fruiting period, habitat, distribution in India, notes and photographs in a separate PDF.

Descriptive

Annual

 

Secondary

Yes

Important Plants with chemical constituents

It gives detailed information on 38 important plant species. For each species information such as botanical name, local name(s), flowering and fruiting period, chromosome number, ecology, distribution in India, parts used, properties, uses, chemical constituents, chemical structure of some compounds and photographs of plants.

Descriptive

Quarterly

 

Secondary

Yes

Allergic Pollen

Data of Allergic Pollen Grains of India: This database provides pollen details with botanical and family names, locality of occurrence, allergic season and photographs of pollen.

Tabular

Annual

 

Secondary Data

Yes

CITES and Negative List of Exports

A list of plant species in Appendix I, II and III of CITES and Negative List of Exports: The database is furnished with information on 55 plant species with botanical name, vernacular name(s), trade name(s), habitat and ecology, distribution, causes for threat, brief description, flowering and fruiting period, medicinal properties and other uses, commercial/ex-im data, adulteration, legal status, and photographs of plants.

Descriptive information

Quarterly

Secondary Data

Yes

Families and Genera of  Fungi and Angiosperms

The database consists of a brief introduction along with a list of families and genera of Fungi and Angiosperms in India.

Descriptive

 

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Kid Centre

Kid Centre updated with Video  clippings on Medicinal Plants

Video Clippings

-

Secondary

Yes

 

8.2.           Catalogue of Numeric and Time-series Databases compiled by the Centre till date:

Name of Database

Description

(in brief)

Time Period (Starting year- Ending year) and Periodicity

(annual/ monthly/ other)

Source(s) of data

Online Availability

(Whether uploaded on ENVIS Website)

Floral Statistics of India 2017

 

Annual

Secondary

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/Database/Floral_Statistics_of_India_2017_26352.aspx

Floral Statistics of India 2018

 

Annual

Secondary

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/Database/Floral_Statistics_of_India_2018_26352.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.3.           New Databases developed during the Financial Year (2018-19)

8.3.1.    Non-numeric Databases:

Name of Database

Description

(in brief)

Data type

(descriptive/ graphical/ geospatial/ etc.)

Status of Updation/ Periodicity/ Data Points Compiled (including date/month/year of  last data point)

Source(s) of data

Online Availability

(Whether uploaded on ENVIS Website)

A Checklist of Plants of Tripura

The database consists of a brief introduction along with a list of plants of the group Pteridophyta, Gymnosperm and Angiosperms in Tripura.

Descriptive/tabular

 

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Plant Discoveries in India (2017)

A comprehensive list of newly discovered plants from India, and new plant records to India and their publication details are provided in the database.

Descriptive

 

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Floral Statistics of India 2018

Statistical information regarding total number of plant species (including virus, bacteria, algae, fungi and lichens) and their status in India; overall threat status of flowering plants in India; status category summary of major taxonomic groups in plants (including algae, fungi and lichens); IUCN status category summary of plants at Global level; Conservation measures in India and phyto-geographical regions of India

Descriptive/tabular and graphical

Annual

Secondary

Yes

 

 

 

 

8.3.2.    Numeric and Time-series Databases:

Name of Database

Description

(in brief)

Time Period (Starting year- Ending year) and Periodicity

(annual/ monthly/ other)

Source(s) of data

Online Availability

(Whether uploaded on ENVIS Website)

Floral Statistics of India- 2018

 

Statistical information regarding total number of plants species including virus, bacteria, algae, fungi and lichen and their status in India; overall threat status of flowering plants in India; status category summary of major taxonomic groups in plants including algae, fungi and lichen; IUCN status category summary of plants at Global level; category-wise threat status of plant species and conservation measures in India and phyto-geographical regions of India

Annual

Secondary

Yes

9.                 Information/ Knowledge Products:

9.1.           ENVIS Newsletters published during the Financial Year (2018-19):

Cover snapshot

Quarter/ Volume/ Issue/ Theme

 

Main Articles

Number of copies printed and circulated

URL of the PDF file in ENVIS website

 

Quarter 1/Vol. 23/ Issue 1/Biodiversity

Printed 500 copies

Circulated 313 copies

 

 

Quarter 1/Vol. 23/ Issue 2/Biodiversity

Printed 500 copies

Circulated 273 copies

 

 

9.2.           Other publications/ information products brought out during the Financial Year (2018-19):

Cover snapshot

Publication/ Product

 

Theme(s)/ Subject Area(s)

Number of copies printed and circulated

URL of the PDF file in ENVIS website

 

Bibliography and Abstracts of Papers on Flora of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

Published

 

 

Pamphlet

(Bryophytes of India)

Published

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/PublicationDetails.aspx?SubLinkId=552&LinkId=639&Year=2018

Pamphlet

(Ferns and Fern-allies)

Published

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/PublicationDetails.aspx?SubLinkId=553&LinkId=639&Year=2018

Pamphlet

(Endemic Flowering Plants of Eastern Ghats, India)

Published

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/PublicationDetails.aspx?SubLinkId=554&LinkId=639&Year=2018

 

Pamphlet

(Aquatic and Wetland Plants of India)

In Press

 

 

Study Material for Certificate  Course on Parataxonomist including People’s Biodiversity Register under GSDP

14 copies

 

 

Manual on Plant Identification & Herbarium Methodology for Students

70 copies

(in Press)

 

 

National and State Trees and Flowers of India

In Press for Final Press setting