13th Siviculture Conference held in Dehradun

Dehradun: About 350 delegates from 29 Indian States are expected to attend the five-day long 13th Silvicultural Conference slated to be inaugurated by Uttarakhand Governor Dr Aziz Qureshi at the Forest Research Institute here on Monday.

Addressing the media, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) director general Dr Ashwani Kumar said that a total of 28 lead talks will be delivered by speakers of repute in specialised fields of silviculture and allied subjects.He also said that 17 technical sessions and one poster session are also scheduled to take place during the event to discuss contemporary issues facing the national forestry sector.

The event will be attended by professional foresters, researchers, industry representatives, NGOs, environmentalists, retired forest officials and scientists, progressive farmers, artisans, principal chief conservators of forests from various States, managing directors of many State Forest Corporations, directors of all institutes under ICFRE, Forest Survey of India director general, directors of Wildlife Institute of India, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Sunita Narain from Centre for Science and Environment and others.

A special session has been arranged in which foresters of different States will voice their opinions about research needs. According to Kumar, the event is relevant as silviculture practices and research in India have traditionally been guided by the recommendations of the silvicultural conferences.

The event will focus on the theme of managing forests for multiple functions which is very pertinent in the present times as forests in the country are managed for multiple uses which cover tangible and non-tangible benefits.

Technical sessions in the conference will focus on silviculture situation in the country, issues of forestry in hill states, enhancing forest productivity, multiple value functions of forest, rehabilitation of degraded/ inhospitable sites, management of insect pests/ diseases, forest fire and weed management, silviculture for protected area management, impact of forest legislations and judicial activism on silviculture, response to REDD+ and climate change, research initiatives by ICFRE, experiences of foresters in the field, research and miscellaneous issues in silviculture. Four concurrent events on the role of technology in enhancing bamboo use, sustainable management of medicinal plants and NTFPs, trees outside forests and wood-based enterprise and forest mining interface in service of nation are also scheduled to take place at various dates during the event.

The practice of organising the silvicultural conferences was started in 1918 to provide an opportunity to field foresters as well as researchers to exchange observations, taking stock of the issues in silviculture and general forestry research and to devise ways to solve them collectively at regional and national levels. The 12th Silvicultural Conference was held in 2006.

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