The Certificate Course on Chartered Foresters (C3F) will be a combination of theory and practice. It will provide students with a live exposure to the farm forestry sector. We are in the process of forging partnerships with government, industry, networks, institutes and experts to provide this immersive experience to the students. The details of our partners and their roles are listed below:
The Paperboards and Speciality Papers Division of ITC (https://www.itcpspd.com/) has been a pioneer in clonal development of pulpwood species and establishing large plantations under social and farm forestry domain in the country, partnering with the farmers, providing them technical know-how and market support in certain regions, which have resulted in improving the farm productivity, incomes of the farmers as well as in enhancing ecosystem services. This initiative has been scaled up and now covers almost 700,000 acres covering more than 240,000 small and marginal farmers in 11 states of the country. It also procures about 1.5 million MT of wood and in the process has generated about 125 million persondays. It will contribute in the Certificate Course on Chartered Foresters (C3F) by providing inputs for industry linked course contents, farmer field exposure visits, arranging interaction with farm forestry and agro forestry farmers and their needs in commercial forestry, plantations, harvesting and supply chain. Provide visits to biodiversity conservation plots, modalities of FSC/Forest certification and also providing contacts with farmers to enable participants to establish direct engagements/business models for the future. Provide assistance for identification of relevant experts for guest lectures and also for branding the course and reward achievers.
The Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) (https://www.nccf.in/) is a multi-stakeholder not for profit society, with the main objective of developing a globally aligned certification program in India and addressing the concerns for sustainable management of forests and the plantations outside the forest areas, while at the same time making the Indian wood and forest fibre based industry competent globally. NCCF has endeavoured to bridge the gap between policy makers and practitioners on important issues of conservation of our natural resources through developing sustainability certification standards, policy advocacy, consultation meetings, capacity building, multi-stakeholder engagement, raising awareness, conferences and workshops. NCCF will contribute by providing inputs for forest certification linked course contents, stakeholder interactions and networking, field exposure visits, arranging interaction with farm forestry and agroforestry farmers, provide visits to biodiversity conservation plots and plantations, share expertise in modalities of forest certification, enable networking with farmers to enable participants to establish direct engagements/business models for the future, provide assistance for identification of relevant experts for guest lectures and also for branding the course and reward achievers.