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The central theme of the Congress is Forests in a changing world. this Congress presents an excellent opportunity for the forest community for the forest community and stakeholders to discuss advances on various aspects related to forestry.

For effective organization and conduction of discussion on each theme, Pre Congress workshop are proposed in the different institutes of the ICFRE for each theme with the aim to assemble the main contributors to present their papers for peer review.

These details are provided in the Congress are as follows.

Workshop Theme Organization Duration Date
Forests in Society TFRI Jabalpur 1 day 5th July
Forests in an Expanding Economy AFRI Jodhpur 1 day 19th July
Expanding Frontiers of Forestry Science IWST Bangalore 1 day 11th May
Forest biodiversity and Landscape RFRI Johrat 1 day 28th September
Forests and Climate Change HFRI Shimla 1 day 17th August

During the Congress, each theme will be introduced by two eminent speakers who will cover the National Perspective highlighting different aspects of the theme, For each of these themes, speakers would be identified through Pre - Congress Workshop. Also, for each sub theme lead speakers will be asked to draw up review papers covering the subject or theme in a broad manner, covering status, policy, experience and prognostications for the future.

The main themes and sub-theme under which papers will be invited for oral and poster presentations are:

  • Forests in Society
  • a) Forests and land use policy

    b) Forests in urban landscape

    c) Forest governance and institutional reforms
    d) Forests and community: forging partnerships

    e) Forests and traditional knowledge

  • Forestry in an Expanding Economy
  • a) Assessment Managing the forests: old and new paradigms B. Reconciling growth with conservation towards sustainable development
    b) Forest certification: opportunities and challenges
    c) Agro forestry: production, opportunities and institutional framework
    d) Forest products: management for livelihood
    e) Forest products in industry
  • Expanding Frontiers of Forestry Sciences
  • a) Geomatics: applications and opportunities
    b) Managing forest resources: scientific base
    c) Forest genetics and biotechnology
    d) Forest survey and inventory
    e) Information technology as a tool in forestry management
  • Forest Biodiversity and Landscapes
  • a) Forests ecosystem and biodiversity management
    b) Protected areas management: new paradigms
    c) Man - animal interface
    d) Ecosystem goods and services and forest resource accounting
    e) Eco - tourism
    f) Wildlife crime control and enforcement of CITES
  • Forests and Climate Change
  • a) Green India Mission: opportunities and challenges
    b) Mitigation/adaptation and challenges
    c) Ecosystem resilience and forest biodiversity
    d) Climate change models/forests and Carbon fluxes
    e) Carbon balances: policy instruments
    f) India and REDD+


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