Arid Forest Research Institute has been established since 1988 to cater the forestry research needs of the arid and semi arid region of Rajasthan, Gujarat & Dadar Nagar Haveli & Daman-Diu.

The institute is situated on Jodhpur, Pali Road (NH-65) in a beautiful campus spreading over 20.82 hectare area housing office buildings, laboratories, library cum information center, community center, guest house, scientist hostel and residential quarters.



1.   To undertake and promote forestry research, education and extension, leading to scientific and sustainable management of forests, with special focus on arid and semi-arid regions.

2.   To provide scientific advice to the central and state governments  aiding  informed  decision  making  in matters  of  national  and  regional  importance  and  international commitments and to address forestry research needs.

3.   To carry out research in forestry with focus on biodiversity conservation, silvicultural and biotechnological techniques to maximize productivity of  arid and semi-arid vegetation.

4.   To provide technical assistance and material support to states, forest dependent communities, forest based industries, tree & NTFP growers and other stakeholders in their forestry based programmes for conservation and sustainable use of forest resources.

5.   To develop technologies for combating desertification and eco-restoration of degraded ecosystems.

6.   To undertake research in sustainable resource utilization  of non-timber forest produce through value addition.

7.  To develop, upscale, disseminate and share appropriate technologies to end-users through innovative extension strategies and capacity building programmes.

8.   To act as a repository of knowledge related to forestry,  environment and climate change, especially with respect  to arid and semi-arid regions.

9.   To undertake all such activities as necessary, incidental and conducive to attainment of the objectives of the Council.


Core Research Areas:

1- To develop techniques for rain water harvesting in dry areas.

2- To develop technology for afforestation of stress sites.

3- Eco-stabilization of deserts with emphasis on sand dune fixation.

4- To develop techniques for production of high quality planting materials.

5- Provenance trials of important dry zone species.

6- Studies on bio-fertilizers and biopesticides.

7- Biodiversity and climate change.

8- Research on Non-Wood Forest Products of dry zones.

9- Tree improvement through tissue culture & genetic engineering.

10- To develop suitable agroforestry models for dry areas.


Geographical Jurisdiction:

Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadara & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.


Key Achievements: (Click on link to view detail)

1 - Research

2 - Education

3 - Extension

4 - Others


Ongoing Projects

Completed Projects


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