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BACKGROUND

Centre for Forest Hydrology, one of the center excellence of the Institute was created in the year 2018 with the intention to enhance knowledge, support policy advocacy and network institutions for research and studies. India is endowed with rich age-old forests and occupies catchments of major rivers. Forest and tree cover of the country is constantly increasing in the last few years (as reported by FSI, 2017), but the impact of increased forest cover on hydrology of forested watershed is yet to be documented. There is a complex relationship between forest cover change, hydrology and economic conditions of local communities, which have been reported by few studies conducted elsewhere. Further those studies also highlighted the forest-water relationships, which are dependent on multiple factors, including but not limited to scale (spatial and temporal), species, slope, soil, climate, and forest management practices. Hence the forest management can have negative as well as positive impacts on water quantity and quality flow in the forested watersheds. Therefore, it is important to have more scientific insights on the forest-water nexus to manage and optimize the trade-offs in managing forests of river catchments. There are few studies available for the evergreen or moist evergreen forests, but hydrology of major forest type of the country, i.e. deciduous forests is poorly understood. Considering all these aspects, the Center calls for a collective approach in increasing knowledge on forest-water nexus while working in different forest types, forest cover, afforestation, plantation site, species, age of the tree crop, forest working etc.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

    • To enhance knowledge base on forest-water interface and dissemination of knowledge,
    • To work on enhancement of forest hydrological services and inclusion of such services in the development strategies and regulating riparian rights,
    • To conduct research, studies on environmental & social impacts of forest hydrological fluctuations
    • To collaborate and network with organizations and agencies so as to encourage them to undertake research and studies,
    • To serve and support the decision making process through evidence based policy advocacy,
    • To increase the capacity in the sector through capacity building programs,

THE CENTER

Core Committee

Prof. Sandeep Tambe, Faculty member, IIFM, Bhopal – Member

Prof. S.P.Singh, Faculty member, IIFM, Bhopal – Member

Prof. Jigyasa Bisaria, Faculty member, IIFM, Bhopal – Member

Prof. Omprakash Madguni, Faculty member, IIFM, Bhopal – Chairperson

Address/ Contact

Dr. Omprakash Madguni

Coordinator, Centre for Forest Hydrology

Indian Institute of Forest Management, Post Box: 357, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal – 462003, India

e-mail: cfh@iifm.ac.in or prakash@iifm.ac.in

Phone: 0755-2775716 extn: 324; Mob: +919340250275 or +919425600172