Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)

Situated in Dehradun, The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) is an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The main functions of ICMRE are to conduct forestry research; transfer the technologies developed to the states of India and other user agencies; and to impart forestry education. 

There are nine research institutes and four advanced centres to cater to the research needs of different bio-geographical regions. These are located at Dehradun, Shimla, Ranchi, Jorhat, Jabalpur, Jodhpur, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Allahabad, Chhindwara, Aizawl, Hyderabad and Agartala.

History of ICFRE

The journey of ICFRE can be traced back to the end of the nineteenth century with the advent of scientific forestry in India and the establishment of the Forest School in Dehradun in 1878. 

The Imperial Forest Research Institute was founded by Government of India for taking forward forestry research in the country in 1906.  It was only in 1986 the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education or ICFRE was formed as an umbrella organisation for taking care of forestry research, education and extension needs of the country and declared as an autonomous Council in 1991.

Vision of ICFRE

Increasing forest cover and enhancing forest productivity through operationalisation of National Forestry Action Programme and National Forestry Research Plan. 

Mission of ICFRE

To generate, preserve, disseminate and advance knowledge, technologies and solutions for addressing the issues related to forests and promote linkages arising out of interactions between people, forests and environment on a sustained basis through research, education and extension.

Objectives of ICFRE

  • To undertake, aid, promote and coordinate forestry research, education  and extension.
  • To develop and maintain National Information Centre (Library) for forestry and allied science.
  • To act as a clearing house for research and general information relating to forests, biodiversity, environment and ecology.
  • To develop various extension programmes and propagate the same through mass media and audio-visual extension machinery.
  • To provide consultancy services in the field of forestry research, education and training and in allied sciences.

Research Areas of ICFRE

  • Conservation, protection, regeneration, rehabilitation and sustainable development of natural forest ecosystems.
  • Revegetation of barren, waste, marginal and mined lands.
  • Research on tree improvement.
  • Enhancing productivity of wood and non-wood forest produce per unit of area per unit time by application of scientific and technological methods.
  • Research on improved utilisation, recovery and processing of forest produce for value addition and employment generation.
  • Ecological rehabilitation of all fragile ecosystems, such as mountains, mangroves, deserts etc.

P.O. New Forest, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India 248006

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