The Zoological Survey of India has started five long-term monitoring plots in the Himalayas to document the impact of climate change on the animal world.
The project, funded by the Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, will monitor indicators in species like fish, butterflies, bees and other insects to find out how their distribution has been affected by climate change, officials said.
ZSI director Kailash Chandra said it has very old records and will compare the distribution of species in the past and present to come out with a study report on the impact of climate change on their survival.
The project will run for three years in West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh and more than Rs. 2 crore has been earmarked for the exercise. Last year, 262 new animal species were discovered from India, of which 70 have been credited to ZSI scientists.
Mr. Chandra said the number of scientists working in ZSI has decreased over the years. -- PTI