The Institute functions under
a Society, guided by a Governing Body and a Science Advisory Committee.
It has a decentralized set up, with its headquarters at Kosi-Katarmal,
Almora, and at present four other units are operational at Srinagar (Garhwal
Unit), Mohal – Kullu (Himachal Unit), Tadong-Gangtok (Sikkim Unit) and
Itanagar (NE Unit). The R&D activities of the Institute are centred
around seven core programs, namely Land and Water Resource Management,
Sustainable Development of Rural Ecosystems, Conservation of Biological
Diversity, Ecological Economics and Environmental Impact Analysis, Institutional
Networking and Human Investment, Environmental Physiology and Biotechnology
and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.