Forest Certification in Indian Context

A 5 days’ training programme on “Forest Certification in Indian Context” for officers of Indian Forest Service began on 14.01.2019 in Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.The core objectives of the training are implementation of sustainable forest management operations for enhancing productivity of forest in accordance with the new Working Plan Code-2014 keeping in view of current challenges of forest management, forest laws, governance and trade of the country and overview of forest certification in Indian context. Twenty participants representing Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Talangana, Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Maharasthra, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam are attending the course. The training course was inaugurated by Dr. S.C. Gairola, Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun. Dr. Gairola. emphasized the need of forestry sector to work towards the government’s goal of doubling farmers’ income through appropriate forestry interventions. He also drew the attention of the participants to India’s target under Paris agreement to create an additional ‘carbon sink’ of 2.5 to 3 billion tone CO2 equivalent, and under Bonn Convention to restore 21 million hectare degraded forest. These need productivity intensive efforts towards forest productivity enhancement and forest landscape restoration. Forestry practices should be implemented with suitable modifications, wherever needed, considering the contemporary requirements. The role of forests in ground water recharge and purification of air must be augmented and highlighted. He also focused on how foresters can enhance productivity of forests by implementing sustainable forest management practices as India’s forest productivity is very low as compared with world.Shri A.S. Rawat, Director, FRI introduced about the training course and emphasized on the role of forest certification as a tool for sustainable management of forests of the country. He highlighted the need and utility of forest certification in India stated that forest certification has already implemented in many developed and some developing countries. Dr. Dinesh Kumar, Course Director and Head, Silviculture & Forest Management Division welcomed the participants and briefed about the training programme. Shri S.K. Thomas, Assistant Silviculturist (G) is coordinating training programme. Later, in a technical session, Sh. Atul Jindal, General Manager (Marketing), Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation elaborated the mechanism of a transparent system of marketing of certified timber in Uttar Pradesh. This is allowing forest department to get higher revenue from sale of produce, he revealed. A field visit will be conducted to Shiwalik Forest Division, Saharanpur to demonstrate the functioning of a timber depot supplying certified forest produce. For more information kindly contact: Dr. Dinesh Kumar- 9411173576

January 15, 2019
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