Five days training course on “Forest Economics” (10th to 14 February, 2020) for Officer Trainees (OTs) of 2018 batch of the Indian Economics Service (IES) under probationary training programme
ORGANISED BY FRI, DEHRADUN
Silviculture and Forest Management Division of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun is organizing training cum workshop for the Officers of Indian Economics Services, Govt. of India from 10-14 February 2020. The topic of training is “Forest Economics”. Forests provide tangible and intangible benefits to mankind. The tangible benefits are timber, fuel wood, fodder and non wood forest products which are measureable and directly used by the people. The intangible benefits are not directly measurable, which are realized without extracting resources from the forest, and are further divided into two subcategories: ecosystem services, such a soil and water protection, biodiversity, and climate modulation; and preservation values, which refers to the value that people place on preserving forests in their present state. Recreational or cultural uses of forests can have extractive value (such as hunting and fishing), non-extractive value (such as bird watching and hiking for relaxation and spiritual renewal). Forest economics deals more narrowly with choices about how forests are managed and used; how other factors of production, such as labour and capital, are used in forest production, utilization, and conservation; and what and how much forest products are produced and marketed. Forest economics applies the discipline of economics to decision making in forestry and covers the whole forest sector. To enlighten the participants on the issue lectures of faculties from institutes like Forest Departments of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi, Centre Academy for State Forest Service, Dehradun, Wildlife Institute of India and FRI are arranged. A day field visit to Timber Depot at Mohand and Rajaji National Park is also arranged for the participants. Mrs. Arti Chaudhary IFS, Head, Silviculture and Forest Management Division of FRI welcomed to the participants. The training was inaugurated by Sh. A.S Rawat, Director, FRI. He highlighted on the history of scientific forestry and Forest Research in India. He told participants about organizational structure of Forest Research Institute and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education. He emphasized that natural forests should be kept for providing ecosystem services and protection. Only salvage felling is allowed in natural forests in most of the forest areas. The demand of commercial and industrial wood should be met from Tree outside Forest (TOF). Sh. S.K. Thomas, Assistant Silviculturist FRI organized the training program.