To focus on various applied research programs, evaluation of implementation of various schemes, policies, and upgradation of skills of the personnel of the forest department in order to realize the vision of SFRI and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the sector.



To conduct study and research on:

  1. Conservation of forests, wildlife and ecosystem services

  2. Enhancement of productivity of natural forests ,plantations, and trees outside forests to meet the requirement of local communities and industries

  3. Efficient and sustainable utilization of biodiversity and forest resources.

  4. Climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Thrust Areas:

A. Forestry

  1. Investigations into problems related to natural regeneration of various miscellaneous species and development of suitable silivicultural management techniques

  2. Rehabilitation of gregariously flowered bamboo forests

  3. Development of suitable package of practices for sustained rehabilitation of degraded forests.

  4. Development of suitable nursery and planting practices for RET species.

  5. Development of suitable models of inter-planting of NTFP species in commercial teak and bamboo plantations being raised by MPRVVN.

  6. Development of suitable management models for forest areas under JFM.

  7. Studies on forest based livelihoods.

  8. Development of suitable agroforestry and farm forestry models for various agro-climatic zones of the state.

  9. Estimation of carbon sequestration potential in forests of different compositions and densities.

  10. Development of models of adaptation to climate change for converting forest- fringe villages into climate-smart ones.

  11. Assessment of carrying capacity of forests of different types and canopy densities for grazing.

  12. Establishment of a network of sample plots representing different forest types, including coppice forests and plantations

  13. Preparation of species-specific growth tables for volume, biomass and sequestered carbon and development of region-specific allometric equations for estimation of these parameters

  14. Establishment of a network of preservation plots in different forest types and studies in ecological succession.

  15. Assessment of region-specific potential of NTFP production in forests.

  16. Development of suitable tools and techniques for sustainable and non-destructive harvesting of NTFPs

  17. Development of suitable post-harvesting techniques for different NTFPs

  18. Estimation of demand and supply and study of value-supply chains of commercially important medicinal plants and other NTFPs

  19. Economic valuation of forest eco-system services

  20. Germplasm collection, evaluation and preservation

  21. Conversion of eligible existing ‘candidate plus’ trees into ‘plus’ trees after their genetic evaluation and also selection of new ‘candidate plus’ trees of economically important species having desired genetic traits

  22. Conversion of existing seed stands into seed production areas and establishment of new quality seed stands.

  23. Development of economically viable, eco-friendly and easy to handle alternatives of polythene bags for production of quality planting material in nurseries 

  24. Development of suitable biofertilizers and biopesticides

  25. Evolution of suitable micropropagation and macropropagation techniques for identified species

  26. Seed certification

  27. Environmental impact assessment and preparation of environmental management plans

  28. Forest certification

  29. Upgradation and modernization of institute laboratories

  30. Dissemination of evolved technologies from lab to land  


B. Wildlife

  1. Estimation of wildlife populations.

  2. Monitoring and evaluation of wildlife habitats

  3. Re-introduction of species

  4. Estimation of carrying capacity of PAs for ecotourism

  5. Impact assessment of eco-tourism

  6. Potential exploration of ecotourism in areas outside protected areas (PAs)

  7. Determination of carrying capacity of visitors in tiger reserves and PAs.

  8. Conservation education programs

  9. Man-animal interactions

  10. Habitat management

  11. Landscape level planning and management

  12. Corridor linkages and functionality assessment

  13. Protected areas (PAs) management effectiveness evaluation.