Mandate

The prime mandate of the branch are

  • Ecological studies in natural forests of Madhya Pradesh
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Sustainable Forest Management

Main Activities

The main activities of the branch are related with field oriented in-situ forestry research on ecological aspects and contribute in research support system to forest department in the State of Madhya Pradesh. Sustainable forest resource management, community oriented techno-development for in-situ and sustainable harvesting and management of NTFPs, forest resource assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and preparation of Environmental Management Plan (EMP) of various developmental projects and wildlife etc. are the major activities under the various sponsored as well as institutional projects. Technical consultancy services related to EIA viz; air, water and noise pollutions of various industrial developmental projects are also rendered by the branch through well developed and equipped laboratories and experienced technical experts. Advanced Geological Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) laboratory is supporting facilities for the quality output of project activities through well equipped GIS cell. Trainings on forest resource assessment & sustainable management and EIA/EMP are also organized for various Govt., NGOs, JFMCs and user’s groups.

Scope

This Institute is accredited by QCI/NABET, Govt. of India, for EIA/EMP for two sectors viz; Mining of minerals including open cast/underground mining and River valley, hydel, drainage and irrigation projects. QCI accreditation has provided avenues for consultancy services in several developmental projects. Highly experienced subject matter experts with well equipped EIA laboratories are the assets of the Institute to contribute in this field to the satisfaction of user’s agency as per the guidelines of Ministry of Environment, Forest and CC, Govt. of India particularly Environmental Clearance. Moreover, basic forestry research for forest resource management and development in-situ and ex-situ, objective specific monitoring and evaluation of various forestry projects/developmental projects etc. are the tasks accomplished by the branch.

Institutional Staff

Dr. Jyoti Singh
M.Sc. (Botany), M.Phill. (Botany), Ph.D. (Botany)
Senior Research Officer & Head Forest Ecology & Environment Branch
Experience : 25 Years
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Rakesh Kumar Jain
Senior Research Officer (GIS Cell)
Experience: 20 Years
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Shri Vijay Haldkar
(M.Com.)
Forester
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Project Staff

                                                        Shri Rajkumar Khare
(M.Sc. - Environment Sc.)
Junior Research Fellow
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Research

On-Going Projects

Title of the Project Name of PI Co-PI Source of funding Sanctioned amount (Rs.) Date of initiation Due date of completion
Study of sal regeneration status in borer affected areas  Dr. Jyoti Singh    PCCF (R&E and Lok Vaniki), M..P. Forest Deptt. Bhopal 26.45 lakhs June 2017 May 2019
Maintenance  and analysis of indoor and outdoor samples in Environmental Impact Assessment  laboratory, SFRI Jabalpur Dr. Jyoti Singh    Director, SFRI, Jabalpur   Jan 2018 Dec 2018

 

Completed projects (2018-19)

Title of the Project Name of PI Objectives Funding Date of Completion
Ecological studies on grasslands of Bandhawgarh tiger reserve with special reference to wildlife management. Dr. Jyoti Singh   PCCF (Wildlife) Bhopal, Govt. of M.P Aug. 2018

मध्यप्रदेश स्टेट माइनिंग कारपोरेशन लि0 द्वारा विभिन्न जिलों (Hoshangabad, Raisen, Bhind, Datia and Khargone) में रेत खनन क्लस्टर्स के अन्तर्गत प्रस्तावित रेत खदानों का पर्यावरण प्रभाव मुल्यांकन एवं पर्यावरणीय प्रभाव प्रबंधन

Dr. Jyoti Singh   M.P. State Mining Corporation Ltd. Bhopa  

 

Completed projects (2017-18)

Title of the Project Name of PI Objectives Funding Date of Completion
Development of technology for conservation and sustainable management of wild medicinal plants and NTFPs through community participation in Shahdol Forest circle of Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Jyoti Singh
  • Ecological studies & inventory of commercially imp. Wild medicinal and other utilizable NTFPs in potentially rich forest ecosystem.
  • Status survey of wild medicinal plants and NTFPs in the selected sites.
  • Develop technology to determine sustainable harvesting limit of commercially important wild medicinal plants which are being collected from natural forest ecosystem with active participation of local dependent community.
  • Determination of SHL of the selected commercially important medicinal plants & NTFPs on priority basis with community participation.
  • Awareness and training programme for the user's communities for sustainable harvesting and In-situ management.
PCCF (R/E and Lok Vaniki), M.P. Forest Deptt. Bhopal March 2018

Up-gradation of Laboratory under EIA/EMP cell for water, air and noise pollution analysis in environmental impact assessment projects.

Dr. Jyoti Singh
  • To develop outdoor analysis of water, air and noise quality in multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Upgradation of EIA lab for wildlife, EIA, monitoring & evaluation projects

APCCF (Land Management),

M.P. Forest Deptt., Bhopal

March 2018

 

Completed projects (2016-17)

Title of the Project Name of PI Objectives Funding Date of Completion
Preparation of Wildlife Conservation Plan for Jagannathpur OCM of SECL, Bhatgaon Area, Chhattisgarh Dr. R.K. Pandey
  1. To assess the impact on flora, fauna and wildlife habitat due to proposed Jagannath    pur OCM.
  2. To assess the impact on sustained wildlife, corridor values and life requisite parameters within 10 km radius of the project sites.
  3. To suggest mitigative measures for conservation/protection of flora, fauna and wildlife and its habitats.
Jagannathpur  OCM,  SECL, Bhatgaon Area, Chhattisgarh March 2017
Integrated management of diseases of economically important tree species Dhawada, Bija and Achar occurring in forests of M.P. Dr. Jyoti Singh
  1. Survey of infected areas of forests to identify the intensity of diseases in relation to seasonal variations.
  2. Collection, isolation and identification of pathogens found on the affected trees and seedlings.
  3. To standardize integrated management practices to control diseases occurring in Dhawada, Bija ad nAchar
  4. Preparation of working manual to field officers for remedial measures.
Research , Extension & Lok Vaniki  Bhopal, M.P. March 2016
Causes and remedial measures of sal mortality (Shorea robusta) in forest areas of M.P. Dr. Jyoti Singh
  1. Collection of samples (soil, root, bark etc.) from selected sites.
  2. Examination of samples (soil, root, bark etc.) in laboratory and different experiments of remedial measures.
  3. Data collection to study effect of fungal attack, soil, girth at breast height, coppicing and climatic conditions.
Research , Extension & Lok Vaniki  Bhopal, M.P. March 2016

 

Completed projects (2015-16)

Title of the Project Name of PI Objectives Funding Date of Completion
Forest resource assessment survey in four newly identified people's protected forest areas (PPAs) i.e. Jabalpur, Satna, East Chhindwara, and Anuppur forest divisions of Madhya Pradesh Dr. R.K. Pandey
  1. Forest resource assessment survey both qualitative and quantitative with reference to medicinal, aromatic plants and other utilizable NTFPs in various habitat types of newly identified 4 PPAs situated in Jabalpur, Anuppur, Satna and Chhindwara forest divisions respectively.
  2. To assess the status and potential of NTFPs and medicinal plants in each PPA.
  3.  To organize training/workshop at field level to develop skill and capabilities of user communities for sustainable management of forest resources.
M.P. State MFP, Federation (Trade & Dev.), Bhopal.  17/7/2015
Impact assessment of road upgradation of National Highway No. 26(b): on forest and wildlife habitat in the affected forest area (48.849 ha) of East Chhindwara Forest Division Dr. R.K. Pandey
  1. Assessment of impact due to proposed up gradation and widening of road on:
  2. Forest ecology and structure
  3. Wild life habitat fragmentation, avifauna habitat and wildlife corridor values.
  4. To suggest mitigation measures.
NHAI Chhindwara Unit 11/09/2015

 

Completed projects (2014-15)

Title of the Project Name of PI Objectives Funding Date of Completion
Uttar Pradesh participatory forest management and poverty alleviation project “Non-Timber Forest Produces (NTFP) resource assessment and development” - (UP-PFMPAP) JICA Dr. R.K. Pandey
  1. To carry out situational analysis in three regions viz; (i) Vindhayachal (ii) Bundelkhand  (iii) Terai
  2. To develop community based participatory mapping and assessment methodologies.
  3. To evolve a package of in-situ/ex- situ conservation, enrichment and propagation practices.
  4. To provide technical guidance for cultivation on private lands as pure crops/Agro forestry/farm forestry.
  5. To develop training materials/modules to be used for training the DMU/FMU/JFMC/NSO/PNGO staffs and SHG/SHG consortium for the above topics.
  6. To give field guidance to DMU / FMU / NSO / PNGO staffs.
UP-PFMPAP,
JICA project, Luckhnow (U.P.)
 16/9/2014
Uttar Pradesh participatory forest management and poverty alleviation project “Harvesting and post harvesting technology of NTFP” - (UP-PFMPAP) JICA Dr. R.K. Pandey
  1. Development of skill and capabilities of forest dependent communities for sustainable harvesting of NTFPs and MAPs through field training and awareness campaign.
  2. Secure sustainable forest management by improving harvesting practices especially implementing sustainable harvesting limits through community institutions and other stakeholders.
UP-PFMPAP,
JICA project, Luckhnow (U.P.)
 24/7/2014

 

(c) Major research achievements

Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan (EIA/EMP)

EIA is an important management tool for ensuring optimal use of natural resources and mitigation of adverse impact for sustainable development. EIA/EMP of various developmental projects related to mining, river valley, national highway, railway, thermal power plant, manganese mining, prospecting drilling operation of coal mining, diamond mining, etc. are being conducted by this division. The major disciplines covered in the EIA studies include biological parameters like, flora, fauna, wildlife habitat, adaphic factors, soil erosion assessment from over burden dumps, preparation of comprehensive wildlife conservation, village relocation and rehabilitation in PAs etc. Suggested mitigation measures of such developmental activities are focused as the prime objectives of the projects.

 

Development of community oriented sustainable harvesting and management technique in Natural Tropical Forest Eco-system

Pioneer endeavor to develop user's friendly sustainable harvesting techniques of more than 15 NTFP species was highly acceptable technology in national and international forum for in-situ sustainable management with active community participation in tropical forests. Over exploitation of NTFPs particularly, commercially important resources is common practice leading to threat on biodiversity of our natural forest ecosystem. Our endeavor of development of user's friendly technology will not only facilitate to sustainable management of forest resources but also provide similar opportunity for conservation of biodiversity in-situ.

 

Forest Resource Assessment in tropical forests in Central India

The tasks of forest resource assessment in Madhya Pradesh and other states were undertaken under various sponsored projects. These resources provide wide range of products to secure livelihood and income generation of dependent communities. Resource assessment in potentially rich forest ecosystem facilitated to make suitable strategy for conservation as well as management/planning in tropical forest of the country. Forest resource assessment in more than 19 PPAs in Madhya Pradesh with joint venture of local communities participation under JFM were completed. Moreover, in-situ, ex-situ conservation of biological diversity, development of criteria indicator for sustainable management in PAs etc. were the prime objectives of the assignments

Wildlife Research and Wildlife Conservation Plan

In the field of wildlife management, the main contribution was on the ecological assessment of wildlife habitats with reference to wildlife management. Habitat viability assessment of Barasingha (Swamp deer and black buck) in Kanha Tiger Reserve and Satpura Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh, wildlife conservation plan of developmental projects like National Highway, Thermal Power, Irrigation, Coalmine projects etc. were completed with the satisfaction of user agencies. Moreover, ecological and sociological studies of villages situated in PAs have also been completed with reference to their relocation and rehabilitation for wildlife management.

Services

Services to the public/user agencies etc.

  • The services are provided in the field of forestry research, biodiversity and wildlife conservation and management, techno-development of sustainable harvesting regime of NTFPs through community oriented projects, formulation, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
  • State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur is one of the pioneer organization of the state at national level, conducting EIA/EMP for various developmental projects. Moreover, the Institute also renders services for air, water and noise pollution assessment with indoor as well as outdoor lab facilities.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Laboratory

State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur is one of the pioneer ¬organizations of the state at national level, conducting EIA/EMP for various developmental projects. The Institute renders services for air, water and noise pollution assessment with indoor as well as outdoor lab facilities.

  • EIA laboratories is well equipped with advance equipments and provide physical and chemical analysis of air, water and noise quality analysis

List of Equipments in the EIA Lab

S.No. EquipmentName     Testing Parameter
Water Equipments
1 Do meter Dissolved oxygen
2 BOD System Biological oxygen demand
3 BOD incubator For Bod determination
4 COD Analyzer Chemical oxygen demand
5 Distillation unit Distilled water
6 pH meter pH
7 Multiparameter photometer (HI 83200) Alkalinity, Amonia, Bromine, Total Chlorine, Fluoride, Aluminium, Free chlorine, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Cynuric acid, Iodine, Chlorine dioxide, Calcium hardnes, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Nickle, Ozone, pH, Nitrite, Phosphate, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulphate, Silica, Zinc, Colour of water, Molybednum, Nitrite Dissolved oxygen.
8 Electrical conductivity meter Electrical conductivity
9 Electronic balance Weighing
10 EC, TDS, NaCl, Resistivity, Temperature Meter (HI 98192) EC, TDS, NaCl, Resistivity, Temperature Meter
11 Turbidity Meter (HI 93102) Turbidity
Air Equipments
12 Gas Sampler Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide
13 Aerocet 830 Particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5, PM4, PM1)
Noise Equipment
14 SLM 100 Sound quality
Other Equipments
15 Hygrometer Light intensity measurement  
16 Thermometer Room Temperature

 

GIS cell

GIS cell is one of the newly initiated laboratory under the Forest Ecology and Environment branch of the Institute. This cell is well equipped with ArcGIS, remote sensing application, HP 500+ Printer (42'') and GPS systems. The GIS cell has been established with main objective of maximize the efficiency of planning and decision support in various research projects, related to:

  • Forest conservation, management and monitoring.
  • Geographical referenced data to analyze the land use/land cover contour, grid, digital elevation model/slope, vegetation cover, drainage, forests and soil types, soil erodibility, corridor planning, survey and demarcation, plantation monitoring, etc. in multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Assist in the wildlife research project for developing maps of wildlife corridors, wildlife potential/sensitive areas and allied parameters of wildlife management.
  • Facilitate EIA/EMP projects and forest resource mapping.

 

Consultancy services

The Institute as a National Accreditation by QCI/NABET, Govt. of India for EIA/EMP. EIA consultancy is provided this institute for Environmental Clearance from MoEF&CC, Govt. of India for two sectors 1. Mining of minerals including open cast/ underground mining and sector 3. River valley, hydel, drainage and irrigation projects.

 

Research summaries:

Completed research projects in the year 2016-2017

Preparation of Wildlife Conservation Plan for Jagannathpur OCM of SECL, Bhatgaon Area, Chhattisgarh

  • Inventory of major wild animals & their habitat in the project site.
  • Assessed the wildlife potential of the existing habitat
  • Assessed the level of biotic pressure within the project area.
  • Assessed the status of wildlife habitats with respect to food, cover and water.
  • Identified potential space for wildlife and their corridor values.
  • Predicted impacts of proposed project to mitigate the loss of wildlife habitat in project area with adequate mitigative measures to counter the adverse impacts.
  • Provision for habitat improvement with suggested techniques along with budgetary estimates of proposed Jagannathpur OCM of SECL, Bhatgaon Area, Chhattisgarh

Integrated management of diseases of economically important tree species Dhawada, Bija and Achar occurring in forests of M.P.

  • Diathane M – 45 and Bavistin at 0.3% is most effective against pathogen.
  • The diseases can be effectively controlled by spraying Dithane M-45 and Bavistin in the end of July.
  • Subsequently two more spray, one in early August and second in mid of August can successfully control the disease in the field.
  • In the tests for combination of fungicides and bio-control agents activity, Bavistin with Emblica officinalis and Dithane M-45 with Neem cake showed 100% inhibition for all fungus at 0.3% concentration.
  • Antagonistic activity of streptomyces sp. was tested against common pathogens of forest tree species namely Alternaria lternata, Curvularia lunata, Fusarium oxyporum, Ganoderma lucidum and Macrophomina phaseolina.
  • Prepared technical bulletin for Integrated management of diseases of economically important tree species Dhawada, Bija and Achar

Causes and remedial measures of  sal mortality (Shorea robusta) in forest areas of M.P.

  • Bio-control measures were developed by using Vantulsi (Eranthemum purpurascens), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) and Salai (Boswellia serrata) as bio control agents. Nirgundi was showed maximum inhibition at concentration of 15% for all tested fungus.
  • During this study available  fungicides viz. carbendazim (Bavistin 50wp), Mancozeb (Diathane M-45), carbendazim+Mancozeb (Saaf), and Sulfer (Slufex) were also applied in three concentrations, 0.1%, 0.2%, 0.3% to find out appropriate dose  that  kills the pathogen under laboratory and field conditions. Observations envisaged that Diathane M – 45 and Bavistin at 0.3% is most effective against pathogen.
  • The diseases can be effectively control by spraying Dithane M-45 and Bavistin in the last week of July month.
  • Prepared technical bulletin for management of sal mortality (Shorea robusta).

Completed research projects in the year 2015-2016

Forest Resource assessment survey in people's protected forest areas (PPAs) i.e. Jabalpur, Satna, East Chhindwara, and Anuppur forest divisions of M.P.

  • Qualitative and quantitative assessment of Forest Resources selected PPAs particularly for commercially important medicinal, aromatic plants and other important NTFPs were undertaken with active community participation for in-situ sustainable management.
  • Field workshops/trainings have also been imparted to the VFC/FPC members for non destructive harvesting techniques and management of NTFPs and medicinally important resources.
  • Suggested measures have also be provided for community oriented sustainable development of NTFPs in in-situ condition.

Impact assessment of road upgradation of National Highway No. 26(b): on forest and wildlife habitat in the affected forest area (48.849 ha) of East Chhindwara Forest Division

  • An comprehensive wildlife conservation have been prepared for the forest area being diverted due to construction and upgradation of National highway 26-B from Narsinghpur to Chhindwara district.
  • The wildlife conservation plan also envisaged RET category flora, fauna, major wildlife with mitigation for wildlife habitats development within 15 km width either site of proposed NH-26(B) passing through the forest lands of East Chhindwara and Narsinghpur Forest Divisions.

Completed research projects in the year 2014-2015

Uttar Pradesh participatory forest management and poverty alleviation project “Non-Timber Forest Produces (NTFP) Resource Assessment and Development” under JICA project.

  • 54 selected JFMCs in (i) Vindhayachal (ii) Bundelkhand and (iii) Terai region covering three divisions viz; Renukoot, Baharaich and Lalitpur of U.P. forest division were undertaken for NTFPs resource assessment and management with active community participation.
  • Models of agricrop/agro forestry, farm forestry were developed as per site specific requirement. Field training and workshop were organized for JFMC members, NGOs, PNGOs, PMU and front line staff of forest department.
  • Training manual for in-situ/ex-situ conservation, enrichment and technical guidance for cultivation of selected 33 NTFP species have been prepared under the objectives of projects for user stakeholders.

Uttar Pradesh participatory forest management and poverty alleviation project “Harvesting and post harvesting technology of NTFP” under JICA project.

  • Developed community based participatory methodology for non destructive harvesting of NTFPs. 54 selected JFMCs in (i) Vindhayachal (ii) Bundelkhand and (iii) Terai region covering three divisions viz; Renukoot, Baharaich and Lalitpur of U.P. forest division were trained through field level workshops and trainings for JFMC members, NGOs, PNGOs, PMU and front line staff of forest department in all the regions.
  • Manual consisting of package of harvesting code for in-situ/ex-situ harvesting technique, post harvesting technique (processing), grading, packaging, storing etc. of 33 NTFPs for user stakeholders.