By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 20 Feb: A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), and University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, for the next 10 years at the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, New Delhi, today.
The MoU was signed by Siddhanta Das, Director General of Forests & Special Secretary, MoEF&CC, and Dr Murali Chandrashekaran, Vice Provost (International), UBC, Canada. During the MoU signing ceremony, heads and representatives of ICFRE, IGNFA, WII, FSI and DFE; Additional Director General (FC); Additional Director General (WL); Faisal Beg, Director, UBC India Liaison Office; Jorma Neuvonen, Director, Special Projects, UBC Faculty of Forestry, and senior officers of MoEF&CC were present.
The primary concerns of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change are implementation of policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country’s natural resources including its lakes and rivers, its biodiversity, forests and wildlife, ensuring the welfare of animals, and the prevention and abatement of pollution. While implementing these policies and programmes, the Ministry is guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being.
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among one of the best universities in the world. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning.
Both the institutions shall explore opportunities for future collaborations in the field of forestry science through their respective organisations, namely Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Wildlife Institute of India, Forest Survey of India, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy and Directorate of Forest Education, Dehradun, and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. This will help in exchange of students, researchers and faculty, developing research projects, livelihood opportunities and augment income of the forest based communities and also assist the industries to optimise the utilisation of forest based resources with access of technology to different stakeholders by the respective organisations.
The main areas of collaboration listed in the Memorandum of Understating are: Collaborative research on wood sciences, forest resource management, adaptation and mitigation to climate change, forest genetics and breeding, wildlife, ecology, remote sensing, insect and disease pests, extension, conservation of flora and fauna, biotechnology, bio-energy, bio-economy, etc.; exchange of students/researchers, faculty members and post-doctoral fellows through internship and other scholarship opportunities; Capacity building on data collection and analysis of Permanent observational sample plots under forest inventory for growth, stand structure, biodiversity and climate change parameters; Training and exposure on developing suitable protocols for Linkage of Remote Sensing and field inventory data; Arranging joint conferences, seminar, workshops and exhibitions.
By OUR STAFF REPORTER