The Activities and New Initiatives of the Division are as follows :
Externally Funded Projects
The Division identified external donor agencies (National /International) and related information viz. thrust areas, guidelines, formats etc. for seeking financial support for research projects of ICFRE Institutes /Centres
Main National donor agencies are Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science and Technology (DST), National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB), National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD), National Oilseed and Vegetable Oils Development Board (NOVOD), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), National Mission of Bamboo Applications (NMBA), etc
Main International donor Agencies are International Foundation for Science (IFS), Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), etc.
The Division is facilitating external funding for research projects of ICFRE Institutes /Centres. Presently, 123 projects worth Rs 39.20 crores sanctioned by National donor agencies, and 9 projects worth Rs 5.15 crores sanctioned by International donor agencies are being implemented in eight Institutes and four Centres of ICFRE. In addition, 30 projects for National donor agencies and 5 projects for International donor agencies are in the pipeline for funding.
All India Coordinated Projects (AICPs)
The Division collaborated with ICFRE Institutes for the finalisation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of seventeen (17) All India Coordinated Projects (AICPs) with an estimated budget of about Rs 115.62 crores addressing a number of identified species viz, Jatropha, Poplar, Casuarina, Shisham, bamboo etc, and various forestry related emerging issues viz biological control of Eucalyptus Gall Wasp, Genetic improvement and tree improvement strategies, fuel wood utilization etc. The DPRs were compiled and submitted to Ministry of Environment & Forests by this Division for funding by Planning Commission.
The Division is coordinating the execution of comprehensive Bihar Project titled, “Samudai Adharit Samanvit Van Prabandhan Evam Sanrakshan Yojana in Bihar State” being implemented by ICFRE in collaboration with Environment and Forest Department of Bihar State. Presently, Phase-I of this project approved for Rs.51.00 crores by Planning Commission (ICFRE share-Rs.18.94 crores, Bihar SFD share-Rs.32.06 crores) is being implemented. Under Phase-I, ICFRE is undertaking Poplar based Agroforestry Programme in Vaishali District in North Bihar by providing technical know-how, training and extension, raising quality planting stock, establishment of model / high – tech nurseries, kisan nurseries, demonstration plots and clonal seed orchards etc. The progress of various activities under Agroforestry component are being monitored by this Division regularly through field visits and review meetings.
The Division has also submitted Project Concept Notes on “Forestry Research Support for Poverty Alleviation” worth Rs 566 crores and “Community Based Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Poverty Alleviation” worth Rs.1000 crores to MoEF for seeking funding by appropriate funding agencies.
A research paper titled “Global Climate Change and Role of Forests as Carbon Sinks” by Dr. Rita Dhawan, Scientist-F (PF) and Shri Mudit Kumar Singh, ADG (PF) ICFRE was published in ENVIS-Forestry Bulletin: Vol-3, December, 2003.PP 36-39.
A Compendium of “Donor Agencies for Project Funding” No.118,ICFRI BL -21,2006 PP. 1-239 was published by Singh, Mudit Kumar, Dhawan, Rita and Chauhan, Jayshree Ardey, after collecting information from various Organizations and Websites with a view to help the researchers develop suitable projects. It has details of thrust areas, formats, contact addresses and websites of 32 International and 20 National donor agencies.
The Division organized the following Workshops and also Co- ordinated the organisation of workshops by ICFRE Institutes.
National Workshop on “A Decade of Joint Forest Management-Retrospection and Introspection” was organized at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 19th to 29th June 2000.
International Workshop in “Forestry & Climate Change- Assessing Mitigation Potential & Costs” was organized at India International Centre, New Delhi on 23rd & 24th September 2002.
National Workshop on “Technological Innovations and Research Advancements for Application in Joint Forest Management” was organized at ICFRE (HQ), Dehradun on 5th & 4th February, 2003.
Author’s Workshop on “History of Forests- After 1947” at van Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 15th-16th November, 2005.
The Division co-ordinated the organization of “Asia Pacific Forestry commission (APFC) meeting” at ICFRE-FRI from 18th to 21st April, 2006.
Workshop on “Community Based Sustainable Natural Resource Management for poverty Alleviation in Ten States” was organised in Van Vigyan bhawan New Delhi on 17th March, 2009
Besides above, funds were arranged for organizing Workshops on Lesser Know Tree Species at FRI, Dehradun (29th -31st Jan, 2004); on Mangraoves at IWST, Bangalore (18th - 22nd Feb, 2004) and on Sacred Groves at Institute of Forest Genetic & Tree Breeding, Coimbatore (27th 28th May, 2004).