Director General's Message
Greetings from ICFRE family and a warm welcome to our website. We would like to provide substantial information about the glorious history of this institute.
I request the pleasure of your company on an introductory tour through the overarching goals and institutional thrust areas of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE). Brief it has to be, as the more detailed information is already offered on this website elsewhere.
1. ICFRE primarily does forestry research, extension and education work. As forest management in India relates largely to Government owned forest land and its users, our work has to relate to Forest Departments and the communities who benefit from forest resources. With the efforts of this organization, technologies were developed for expanding the tree cover on private lands and farms in India which now stands at approximately 93,000 sq. km. Besides, our concerns also encompass global issues and challenges like climate change, increasing human population, food and water security.
2. The ICFRE is the Apex organization in the country for advising the Government of India, the State Governments and other stakeholders like farmers, industries and academia on matters relating to forestry research and technologies for meeting the new challenges in the field of forest conservation. We are also having collaborative research with other countries like Australia, Laos, Combodia and so on.
3. This Council was created in 1986 as an autonomous body to oversee the emerging challenges in the forestry sector. The Institutes of the ICFRE have contributed in evolving management technologies for more than 150 years of scientific forestry in India and elsewhere. This is the oldest organization of forestry research in the tropical world. One of the oldest peer reviewed forestry Journal namely "The Indian Forester" is published by this Council. To cater to the emerging needs, the Indian Forester is being given a new shape by involving the international experts in our Editorial Board.
4. The Council is also building the HRD Capacity of Industries through the M.Sc programme on Forestry, Environment Management, Wood Science and Technology and Cellulose and Paper by the FRI Deemed University.
5. The Council is actively involved in the deliberations on climate change as an observer of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It also participated in meetings of Conference of the Parties (COP) and Subsidiary Bodies in Nairobi and Bali. ICFRE has become the first Designated Operational Entity (DOE) from India to be accredited by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for validation, verification and certification of CDM projects under the sectoral scope of 'Afforestation and Reforestation' (A/R).
6. . The Council has also established a platform for networking with partners on Forest Invasive Species. Technologies and protocols developed in the fields of silviculture, agroforesty, biotechnology, tree improvement, wood technology, forest products, and environmental management practices were extended to user agencies through short and long term courses, workshops, trainings, and awareness programmes.
7.The Council extends expertise in the form of consultancy to a varied clientele. These include, to name a few, hydropower firms, mining companies, water supply agencies etc. Expertise was also extended to the municipalities for tree avenue maintenance, and development of tree groves and avenues.
8. For countrywide improvement in forestry education, financial support is provided to various universities imparting forestry education.
9.This Council, through its Institutes and Centers spread over India, is providing technical skill to the forest dwellers and guiding them in enlarging their livelihood possibilities, through better use of forest resources base.
I hope this website provides you sufficient information on our activities. In order to continuously improve our communication with you, I welcome any feedback especially on improving the livelihood of the poor and marginalized through forestry.
Dr. Shashi Kumar, IFS
Director General, ICFRE