Forests

National Forestry Research Plan to focus on climate change

A blueprint for scientific research in forestry, the plan is made every 20 years and was formulated last in 2000

 
By Ishan Kukreti
Last Updated: Wednesday 09 May 2018
The plan guides scientific research in the area of forestry. Credit: Agnimirh Basu
The plan guides scientific research in the area of forestry. Credit: Agnimirh Basu The plan guides scientific research in the area of forestry. Credit: Agnimirh Basu

The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), an autonomous body under the government of India that looks after forestry related research and education, is going to release the second National Forestry Research Plan (NFRP) this year, according to S C Gairola, director general of ICFRE.

The plan is made every 20 years and the last plan was formulated in 2000.

“The plan guides the scientific research in the area of forestry. It acts as a blueprint for the advances in forestry sciences,” says Rajiv Pandey, senior scientist at Forest Research Institute.   

According to media reports, the plan will focus on climate change. “The plan would be outward looking in terms of climate change. For that, forestry research should be much more focused than being generic. We are short on resources. So we are holding conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops from which we are getting creative recommendations,” Gairola told the media.

Gairolo, who was speaking at a two-day national conference on ‘Towards Resilient Ecosystems: The Role of Forestry Research’ in Coimbatore on Tuesday also said, "The plan would have a roadmap for institutional arrangement, policy changes and additional management interventions by state agencies to achieve Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) goals.”

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