There is always a sense of gratitude, which must be expressed to othersfor the helpful and needy services they render during all phases of life. I toowould like to do it as I really wish to express my thanks to all those who havehelped me in getting this mighty task of Dissertation to a successful end. I amhighly indebted to my Supervisor
Dr. Arun Bhaskar
who played the mostimportant role in providing valuable suggestions, support, encouragement andunderstanding required during the preparation of this dissertation. I also thankhim for providing me with the infrastructure, facilities (in station and out station),and a conducive environment for my work.I would also like to thank Dr. D.C. Nautiyal and Mr. Sanjay for their timeand guidance throughout the field trip.I extend my sincere gratitude to Kanchi Kohli of Kalpavriksh EnvironmentAction Group and to Sunita Dubey for their meaningful and timely replies to mylong mails.I also take this opportunity to thank Prof. Mihir Deb for his much-neededsupport and concern in rejuvenating my spirits from time to time.Last, but not the least, I would like to thank the entire staff of CISMHE for their unlimited support and cheerful cooperation throughout the tenure of mydissertation.So once again I wish my humble thanks towards all of them.