Centre for Social Forestry & Eco-Rehabilitation (CSFER), Allahabad was established in October 1992 as an advanced Centre under the umbrella of ICFRE, Dehradun. Presently, it is a centre of Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun. The Centre aims to nurture and cultivate professional excellence in the field of social forestry and Eco-rehabilitation in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
1- To evolve appropriate technology and technological packages in social, farm and agro-forestry vis-à-vis prevailing tree crop combinations.
2- Development of appropriate nursery and plantation techniques for forest species most suitable to rural needs and ecology.
3- To conduct research to evolve suitable packages for eroded areas, stress sites, saline/alkaline soils with low moisture retentivity, degraded forests, pasture and grazing land, mined areas and other wasteland
4- To conduct socio-economic surveys of the region and use it to develop suitable model for poverty alleviation.
5- Extension of suitable technologies through training programmes
Core Research Areas:
The centre aims to nurture and cultivate professional excellence in the field of social forestry and eco-rehabilitation in Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
1- Development of suitable technological packages for afforestation of stress sites.
2- Development and demonstration of site-specific social, farm and agro forestry models to ensure enhanced and sustained productivity.
3- Identification, selection, demarcation and management of seed stands/seed production areas of priority tree species for qualitatively improved seeds for plantation.
4- Development of seedling seed orchards and clonal seed orchards of priority tree species as a source of improved planting stock.
5- Development of suitable biological control measures to control insects, pests and diseases.
6- Standardization of nursery techniques of priority tree and NTFP species with reference to root trainers, potting media, schedule of irrigation and application of fertilizer, VAM, etc.
7- Development of suitable techniques for seed collection, storage, treatment and testing (for viability and germination etc.).
8- Development of growth and yield models for priority species.
9- Multilocational traits of multipurpose indigenous and exotic tree species to study their suitability to different areas/sites.
10- To conduct socio-economic surveys of the region for sustainable forest management and to develop suitable social and agro forestry models
11- To carry out research on silviculture and management of priority tree species including NTFP plants.
12- Development of suitable technological packages for restoration of degraded forests
13- Investigations of cause(s) for drying up of important species and development of suitable measures to control it.
14- Research related to plantation management of priority tree species. Development and strengthening of research extension linkages to disseminate the research results in a user-friendly way to end-users.
15- Survey, collection and documentation of traditional / indigenous knowledge.
16- Resource survey of rare and endangered plant of the region and development of their conservation measure
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