Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), Jorhat, Assam, is one of the constituent institutes of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun.
The Institute came into being in 1988 to cater the forestry related research & extension needs of the North Eastern Region of the country. The Institute encompasses of all the disciplines of forestry research. Recently an Advanced Research Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ARCBAR) has also been established at Aizwal in Mizoram under this institute.
1. To undertake and promote forestry research, education and extension, leading to scientific and sustainable management of forest resources.
2. To provide scientific advice to the central and state governments aiding informed decision making in matters of national and regional importance and international commitments and to address forestry research needs.
3. To carry out research and extension in forestry with focus on development of forest management and silvicultural techniques to maximize productivity of natural and planted forests under different ecological considerations and changing environment, with focus on north-eastern region.
4. To provide technical assistance and material support to states, forest dependent communities, forest based industries, tree & NTFP growers and other stakeholders in their forestry based programmes for conservation and sustainable use of forest resources.
5. To carry out research for increasing productivity and evolving new varieties for farmlands/plantations through breeding, biotechnological interventions and silvicultural & forest management applications in northeastern region.
6. To conduct focused research on biodiversity assessment, documentation, conservation and sustainable utilization of forest resources for livelihoods and development of site specific conservation strategies, including climate change mitigation and adaptation issues in north-eastern region.
7. To undertake research on conservation and sustainable use of Bamboo and cane resources in north-eastern region by enhancing productivity and innovative resource use.
8. To undertake research on mitigation and adaptation strategies in forestry sector to meet the challenges of climate change in northeastern region.
9. To undertake research and knowledge management on various aspects of forests, viz., forest soils, invasive species, forest fires, insect pests and diseases, forest hydrology, forest valuation, traditional ecological knowledge, forest products, etc.
10. To develop, upscale, disseminate and share appropriate technologies to end-users through innovative extension strategies and capacity building programmes.
11. To undertake all such activities as necessary, incidental and conducive to attainment of the objectives of the Council.
Core Research Areas:
1- Managing Shifting Cultivation
2- Development of Models for Cultivation of medicinal & aromatic plants & Bamboos and Rattans on farm lands
3- Biodiversity Conservation and Utilization
4- Development of Agroforestry/Social Forestry Models
5- Impact Study of Shifting Cultivation
6- Tissue Culture of Important Species
7- Soil and Water Conservation
8- Extension of tested technologies and Impact Assessment
9- Information on Economics and Market Studies
10- Value Addition to NTFPs
11- Natural Regeneration of Important Species
12- Management of Natural Forests
13- Bio-diesel – development of alternative fuel species
14- Nursery Techniques of Important Species
15- Carbon Credit
Rain Forest Research Institute is situated in Jorhat district of Assam in the North Eastern part of India. The Institute was established to attend to the issues related to forestry research, education and extension to all North East states including Sikkim.
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For more information visit: http://rfri.icfre.gov.in/