About Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. Its vision is to achieve long term ecological stability, sustainable development and economic security through conservation and scientific management of forest ecosystems. Its mission is to generate, advance and disseminate scientific knowledge and technologies for ecological security, improved productivity, livelihood enhancement and sustainable use of forest resource through forestry research and education. ICFRE is an apex body in the national forestry research system that promotes and undertakes need based research, education and extension in the forestry sector. It has the following objectives:

  • To undertake, aid, promote and coordinate forestry research, education and extension leading to scientific and sustainable management of forest resources in the country.

  • To align forestry research programs in the council with national priorities including achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and combating climate change.

  • To provide scientific advice and policy support to the central and state governments aiding informed decision making in forestry matters of national importance and international commitments.

  • To act as a repository of scientific knowledge related to forestry, environment and climate change, and disseminate such knowledge to various stakeholders.

  • To provide technical assistance and support to states, forest- based industries, tree growers, farmers and others for forest protection, afforestation, agro-forestry and allied activities.

  • To develop appropriate forest based technologies, processes and products for sustainable resource use, livelihoods and economic growth.

  • To provide livelihood support to forest dependent communities through transfer of scientific knowledge and appropriate forest-based technologies.

  • To develop technically qualified human resource for forestry sector.

  • To promote forestry education in the country and facilitate universities in improving quality through technical and financial support including development of uniform curricula.

  • To provide consultancy and capacity building services in environment and forest sector.

  • To develop and maintain National Forest Library and Information Centre for forestry and allied sciences.

  • To develop environment and forest extension programmes and promote the same through mass media and audio-visual aids.

  • To support and advice Government on technical aspects of International Conventions and Treaties.

  • To conduct other activities incidental and conducive to attainment of abovementioned objectives, which the council may consider necessary.

ICFRE has a pan India presence with its 09 research institutes (Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur; Forest Research Institute, Dehradun; Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla; Institute of Forest Biodiversity, Hyderabad; Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi; Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore; Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Bengaluru; Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat and Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur) and 05 centers located at Agartala, Aizawl, Prayagraj, Chhindwara and Visakhapatnam. Each institute and center are directs and manages research, extension and education in forestry sector in the states under their jurisdiction.