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The International Centre for Community Forestry (ICCF) was formally inaugurated at the Institute (IIFM) Campus on January 14, 2000. It was established to function as a Centre of Excellence and cater to the growing need and interest in Community Forestry (CF) initiatives. It aims to promote community forestry initiatives through a combination of action research, extension, training and publications in the field of Joint Forest Management (JFM), Self-Initiated Forest Protection (SIFP) and other forms of community based forest management system. ICCF emphasizes on strengthening the country’s community forestry policy, rural livelihood support system and development of small scale enterprises to support people who depend and care for forests and its management.

Origin of ICCF

  • The International Centre for Community Forestry (ICCF) was formally inaugurated at the Institute’s Campus on January 14, 2000.
  • It was established to function as a 'Centre of Excellence' and cater to the growing need and interest in Community Forestry initiatives
  • The Centre was conceptualized and its project document vetted by a Review Committee of Dr.C.Chandrasekharan, Retd. FAO expert and Mr. A. K. Mukherjee, former Director General, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India.

 

Objectives of ICCF

  • Building up knowledge base on global experiments of community forestry;
  • Promoting local knowledge systems and empowering community institutions for sustainable management of natural resources;
  • Developing capacity and standardizing methodology for effective implementation of community forestry through field research, education, training and information networking;
  • Strengthening IIFM’s capabilities and programs in participatory forest management;
  • Establishing national and regional partnerships among interested institutions in community forestry.

 

ICCF has been able to establish partnerships with local partners in six states viz. Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Orissa.

Thrust Areas of ICCF
The Centre’s activities include finding new ways of forest management based on traditional knowledge and local needs for institution building, conflict resolution and administrative and financial empowerment of the community to enable them to progressively take over self-management of such resources.

ICCF has the following thrust areas:-

  • Participatory resource assessment, monitoring & evaluation;
  • Indigenous knowledge systems: ethno forestry and community institutions:
  • Biodiversity conservation;
  • Socio-economic issues and livelihood concerns in community forestry;
  • Gender issue in community-based forest management projects;
  • Management of Non wood forest products as well as Timber Products;
  • Geographic Information System/Resource Mapping;
  • Legal and policy Analysis, Database, Community Forestry Certification;
  • Community-based Sustainable Forest Management.

 

ICCF has worked in six states of India. In these sites the broad thematic area of ICCF activities include (i) Action Research and Documentation; (ii) Community Forestry Extension on Field Sites; (iii) Training, Workshops and Capacity Building; (iv) International, National and Local Networking; and (v) Consultation and Advisory Services; and (vi) Publication and Information Dissemination. ICCF has so far completed 20 Research/Workshop projects.

Future Strategy

  • Action Research Project Learning for policy advocacy.
  • NTFP based business model implementation with NGOs and academic institutions.
  • Regional collaboration with region specific activities with selected organizations including State Forest Departments.
  • Strategy implementation for training and capacity building on community forestry and short term course designing.
  • Linkage with reputed foreign universities and centers.

Core team of ICCF at IIFM, Bhopal

Coordinator: Prof D. Debnath, Faculty - Sociology and Community Development (E-mail: ddebnath@iifm.ac.in)
Core member: Prof A.K Dharni, IFS, Faculty - Technical Forestry (E-mail: akdharni@iifm.ac.in)
Core member: Prof. K.N Krishna Kumar, Faculty - Communication & Extension Management (E-mail: knk@iifm.ac.in)
Core Member : Dr. A K Bijalwan, Faculty - Technical Forestry (E-mail: arvindbij@iifm.ac.in)
Core member: Dr. Manoj Kr. Singh, Research Assistant, Faculty Area of Economics (E-mail : manojs@iifm.ac.in)

Contact Details of ICCF
Prof. D. Debnath
International Centre for Community Forestry (ICCF)
Indian Institute of Forest Management,
(An Autonomous Institute under Ministry of Environment and Forests)
P.O. Box No. 357, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal-462003, Madhya Pradesh

ICCF has undertaken various research studies in community forestry/JFM/Natural Resource Management with 11 partner organizations .The ICCF has directly and indirectly (with funding support and technical support) implemented activities at Sheopur district, Ghoradongari (Betul district), Khatpura (Sehore district), Harda district, Binapur (Bhopal district), Kharbai, (Raisen district), Dindori district in Madhya Pradesh, Bero, (Ranchi district), Kudada in Jharkhand, Dhamtari in Chhattisgarh, Ranibandh, Bankura, Midnapore in West Bengal, Assam and Semliguda and Mayur Bhanj of Orissa. ICCF has also conducted five short-term research projects to focus on diverse issues in community forestry

ICCF has conducted extension activities in six states for capacity building program for youth and other members of the local Government Institutions in the following ways:

  1. Using ICCF fund at six sites
  2. With funding support from partner NGOs, CBOs & academic institutions at 12 sites
  3. Through providing technical support and expertise to partner NGOs-Kudada Gram Vikas Parivarn Samuhah, in Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, SRUB, in Ghoradongri, Betul district, Madhya Pradesh SAMBANDH in Orissa, Nowgong Girls College, Nowgong Assam, Rajai Nal Womens Khan Girls College, West Mindapur, West Bengal.

 

Some of the important extensions activities carried out by ICCF in different states:

  1. In Assam the members of Mahila Samkhaya (MS) programme were trained on in-situ and ex-situ conservation of floral biodiversity along with exploring scopes for livelihood security through sustainable use of the same. Activities, like participatory resource planning and management, integrating agro-forestry with community forestry, NTFP based value addition and marketing have been conducted in the project area.
  2. ICCF has been working with the local government Institutions like JFMCs members in Dhamtari and Bilaspur Forest Division on the issues of sustainable harvesting of NTFPs, value addition, processing and marketing. Various participatory exercises were undertaken to inform, educate and sensitise community about sustainable NTFP management.
  3. In Jharkhand Kudada Gram Evan Van Paryavaran Sanrakshan Samity, a CBO, supported by ICCF organised herbal health camps at Kudada, East Singhbhum for orienting local volunteers on revival of traditional health care practices. In collaboration with Tata Rural Development Society, the CBO has conducted training and consultation workshops to strengthen members of SIFPGs and women SHGs members.
  4. In Madhya Pradesh Community Sensitization workshops were held in Ghoradongari Block of Betul Forest Division to orient local people, foresters, forest rights committee members, panchayat secretary and others on Forest Rights Act. The activities were jointly conducted in collaboration with Society for Rural Upliftment (SRUB), a local NGO working in Ghoradongari, Betul.
  5. Several field orientation meetings and discussions were organized in Sheopur district for sensitisation of community, traders and orientation of field foresters and NGOs on importance of sustainable harvesting of NTFPs and MAPs and related certification aspects were discussed for improving livelihood opportunities for NTFP gatherers.
  6. ICCF has also conducted meetings at the office of Krishak Sahayog Samity (KSS), Raisen to make NGOs members aware about the Forest Rights Act, procedures for submitting community forest rights claims and other provisions of the act. Posters were developed and distributed to NGOs for dissemination of FRA related information among villagers.
  7. Community members in Baripada district of Orissa have been sensitised on different aspects (sustainable harvesting, forest degradation, economic importance and marketing) of MAPs . The program was jointly organised with Gram Swaraj, Baripada, Orissa.
  8. In West Bengal Women SHGs members of Singudi village , Ranibandh, Bankura district conducted awareness meetings for educating other women of the village on NTFPs based income generation activities and thrift fund development. The activity was jointly facilitated by Ranibandh Banoausadhi Vikas Swanirbhar Samity, a local CBO, supported by ICCF.

The centre has very successfully conducted various types of training programmes ranging from Joint Forest Management, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Sustainable NTFP Management, Value-addition of NTFPs etc. So far ICCF has conducted.

Type of TrainingNumber of TrainingsRemarks
International3Three weeks programme on Sustainable NTFP Management and NTFP Resource Inventorization
National15Week long programme for forest officers
Field Level462 to 3 days programme catering to needs of the grassroots training of Joint forest Management Committees, Biodiversity Management Committees ,ground level forest officials and panchayat members organized on various issues like sustainable NTFP harvesting ,biodiversity conservation, cultivation of NTFPs etc.

Highlights of some important trainings conducted by ICCF:

S.No.Topic & VenueDates & DurationParticipant / Trainee Details
1Training program on NTFPs based microenterprise development for rural livelihood generation15-19 Dec, 200830 Technical project staff of Madhya Pradesh Rural livelihood Project
2.Training Programme on Participatory Rural Appraisal and Micro-planning for Frontline Forest Department Staff and Community Member of Chhattisgarh5-6 May 200550 community members and FD staff from Dhamtari Forest Division of Chattisgarh
3.Training Programme on Community Forestry for NGOs of Orissa27-28th April 200586 community members from Orissa and Chhatisgarh
4.Interactive Workshop on Problems and Prospects of Plantation of Jatropha and Medicinal Plants under NAF by FDAs and Forward Linkages with Industries in Orissa26-27th April 200546 participants from academicians, researchers, foresters, community members, civil society groups
5.Mass Awareness Generation Campaign on Sustainable Harvesting of NTFPs21-22 March, 2005200 community members and FD staff from Sheopur Forest Division
6.Training Programme on Joint Forest Management for Frontline Forest Department Staff and Community Members1-3 March 200575 community members and FD staff from Sheopur Forest Division
7.Exposure Visit of Community members from Project Sites for the National Van Mela Organized by Madhya Pradesh Minor Forest Produce Federation, Bhopal10-14 December 200416 community representatives from 4 project sites
8.Training Workshop on Joint Forest Management for FPC/VFC members and frontline Forest Department staff in Sehore Forest Division (M.P.)29 November – 1st December 200450 community members and FD staff from villages Sehore Forest Division
9.Exposure Visit of Community members for Project Sites for the Herbal Fair Organised by Sambandh, Bhubaneshwar5-7 November 200414 community representatives from 4 project sites
10.Training program on "NGO Management and Value Addition of NTFPs" at IIFM, Bhopal4-8 October 200415 community representatives from the project sites
11.Training program on "Agroforestry and Medicinal Plant Cultivation" at Centre for Development and Harmony, Bhopal8-11 September 200420 community representatives from project sites of CDH
12.Training on Scientific Harvesting of Asparagus racemosus found in the Chambal Ravines, in Sheopur Forest Division (M.P.)15-17 March 200450 tribal NTFP collectors from 5 project villages
13.Exposure Visit of SHG & JFM Committee Members from Harda Forest Division to Dahod (Gujarat) for understanding SHG functioning and management16-18 February 200441 persons (38 community members & 3 ICCF officials)
14Exposure Visit of JFM Committee Members from Harda Forest Division to Dahod (Gujarat) for understanding land development and watershed management activities04-06 February 200443 persons (40 community members, 1 Forest Guard & 2 ICCF officials)
15Training program on Ayurvedic System of Medicine in Ghoradongri, Betul (M.P.)

From the period of its inception till now ICCF has also conducted 30 workshops on issues like NTFP certification, sustainable harvesting, Forest governance, Working Plan code revision, NTFP Microenterprise development and various other issues involving 1000 participants. Some of the important workshops organized by the centre are given below:

S.No.Name of the WorkshopDate
1.Regional Consultative Workshop Regional Consultative workshop on development of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable NTFP Management at Uttarakhand Forest Academy, Haldwani, UttarakhandMarch 19, 2010
2.Regional Consultative Workshop Regional Consultative workshop on development of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable NTFP Management held on at Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, AssamJanuary 5, 2010
3.Regional Consultative Workshop Regional Consultative workshop on development of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable NTFP Management held at Tropical forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya PradeshOctober 12, 2009
4.Regional Consultative workshop on development of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable NTFP Management, at Arid Zone Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur, RajasthanAugust 29, 2009
5.REDD and Livelihood Governance in Reference to India from at Kolkata29-31 July 2009
6.FGLG India Planning Workshop, at IIFM, Bhopal3-4 June, 2009
7.A one day consultation workshop on "Schedule Tribes and Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Right) Act, 2006: Implementation and Institutional Challenges was organized at IIFM, Bhopal28 April 2009
8.Two Days Field Level Orientation and Sensitization Workshop on "Forest Certification: Development of National Standard for Sustainable Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants from Forest Area" at Karhal, Sheopur District, Madhya PradeshMay 13 -14, 2008
9.One Day National Workshop on "Incorporation of NTFPS/MADPs in National Working Plan Code" at India International Centre, New DelhiAugust 20, 2008
10.Two Days National workshops on "Protected Area Governance: Challenges and Opportunities" at SCOPE Complex, New Delhi.September 4-5, 2008
11.One day phase II meeting of the FGLG- India members at SCOPE Complex, New DelhiSeptember 6, 2008
12.Two Days Workshop on "Tree Growers Cooperative Societies" at Shriram Dharmashala, Ajmer, RajasthanJanuary 20-21 , 2009
13.One Day meeting "Forest Governance" at Van Vigyan Bhawan (ICFRE Extension Centre), New DelhiFebruary 2, 2009
14.One Day Workshop on "Prospects of NTFP Certification and Sustainable NTFP Management" at Keystone Foundation, Kotagiri, TamilnaduFebruary 4, 2009
15.Field Level Workshop on "Sustainable Harvesting of NTFPs" at Baripada, OrissaFebruary 21, 2009.
16.One Day Regional Workshop on "NTFP/ MAP Certification Standard Development and Meeting on C&I for NTFP" at DehradunMarch 20, 2009
17.Workshop on 'Role of Biodiversity Management Committees in Biodiversity Conservation and Management", Organized jointly by International Centre for Community Forestry (ICCF) and State Biodiversity Board, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh at IIFM, Bhopal, MP.6th August, 2010
18.National Level Inception Workshop of United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Project on "Review of National Guidelines for Joint Forest Management with a Stronger Focus on the Conservation and Sustain able Use of Medicinal Plants" at New Delhi4th March 2011
19.Consultative Workshop of United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Project on “Review of National Guidelines for Joint Forest Management with a Stronger Focus on the Conservation and Sustain able Use of Medicinal Plants" at Andhra Pradesh Forest Academy (Govt. of Andhra Pradesh), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh18th April 2011
20.International SAARC Workshop on "Participatory Forestry Trends, Governance and its Contribution to Poverty Reduction in South Asia” at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on 24th – 27th April 2011, jointly organized by SAARC Forestry Center, Bhutan and ICCF at Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.24th – 27th April 2011
21.Consultative Workshop of United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Project on "Review of National Guidelines for Joint Forest Management with a Stronger Focus on the Conservation and Sustain able Use of Medicinal Plants" at Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Govt. of Maharashtra at Pune.19th May 2011
22.Workshop on 'Role of Biodiversity Management Committees in Biodiversity Conservation and Management", organized jointly by International Centre for Community Forestry (ICCF) and State Biodiversity Board, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh at Govt. Narmada Post Graduate College, Hoshangabad, M P.27th June, 2011.
23.Consultative Workshop of United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Project on "Review of National Guidelines for Joint Forest Management with a Stronger Focus on the Conservation and Sustain able Use of Medicinal Plants" at Chhattisgarh State Institute or Rural Development Raipur, Chhattisgarh State.(CGSIRD), Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Raipur, Chhattisgarh22nd July 2011
24.Consultative Workshop of United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Project on "Review of National Guidelines for Joint Forest Management with a Stronger Focus on the Conservation and Sustain able Use of Medicinal Plants" at Forest Research Institute Dehradun, Uttarakhand.29th August 2011
25.Consultative Workshop of United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Project on "Review of National Guidelines for Joint Forest Management with a Stronger Focus on the Conservation and Sustain able Use of Medicinal Plants" at O/o Chief Conservator of Forests, Shillong, Meghalaya.21st October 2011
26.Workshop on Review of Eco-tourism Guidelines at IIFM, Bhopal, M P19th September 2011
27.Workshop on Role of Biodiversity Management Committees in Biodiversity Conservation and Management at O/o Chief Conservator of Forests, Research & Extension Wing, "TAPOVAN", Jhansi Road, Gwalior, M P

Visit of Foreign Business Delegates/Specialists of twenty developing countries at ICCF, IIFM Bhopal for interaction with faculty, researchers and students on 09-11-2011. This delegate was on official visit of Bhopal under the capacity building program sponsored by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Govt. of India. This program was chaired by Prof. A. K. Dharni IFS, Capt. Anil Khare IFS, Dr. R. R. Singh – Director, NIESBUD, Govt. of India and Shri O. P. Ahirwar, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. These delegates were from of Mexico, Uzbekistan, Afganistan, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Myanmar, Congo, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius, Uganda, Ethiopia and India. This visit was organized under the guidance of Dr. M K Singh and Capt. Anil Khare. They interacted with faculty as well as students of PGDFM , MRM , FPM and Ph.D. course at IIFM Bhopal.

The Centre began functioning actively in 2000, with fund support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT), Mumbai. Later, it received many projects from , Ministry of Tribal affairs(MOTA), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), World Conservation Union and the Forest, Trees and People Programme (FTPP) of the Food and Agricultural Organization(FAO), Ministry of Environment and Forest, GoI; National Medicinal Plant Board, New Delhi; Policy Research Institute for ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, Japan; International Institute for Environment Development, United Kingdom etc .

Published 31 research papers/articles, produced 14 reports, 9 conferences/ Workshop papers, 5 workshop proceedings 5 short term research reports and Newsletters.

Research Papers:

  • Bhattacharya, P., L. Pradhan. G. Yadav (2009). Joint Forest Management in India: Experiences of two decades. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. Elsevier, 54 (2010), 469-480.
  • Bhattacharya, R, Aparna, A.P. Bhattacharya, R. Prasad (2009).The potential of certification for conservation and management of wild map resources. Biodiversity Conservation 18:3441-3451.
  • Bhattacharya, P (2009).Management of NTFP Based Microenterprises in Orissa. Published by Orissa Forest Department.
  • Bhattacharya, P (2009).How to Get Our NTFPS Certified for National and International Standards. Published by Orissa Forest Department.
  • Bhattacharya, P, R. Prasad (2009).Initial Observation on Impact of Changing Climate on NTFP Resources and Livelihood Opportunities in Sheopur District of Madhya Pradesh, XIII World Forestry Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18-23, October 2009, www.wfc2009.org
  • Bhattacharya, P, R. Prasad (2009). Developing National Standards for NTFP Certification in India: A Tool to Achieve Sustainable NTFP Management and Equitable Benefit Sharing, XIII World Forestry Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18-23, October 2009. www.wfc2009.org
  • Bhattacharya, P (2009). Business and Biodiversity Conservation: Care for Share. Sustainability Tomorrow, July-September 2009.
  • Bhattacharya, R. Prasad, R, Bhattacharya, A. Ashokan (2008). Towards certification of wild medicinal and aromatic plants in four Indian states. Unasylva 59(230):35-44.
  • Bhattacharya, P (2008). Deregulation of NTFPS in Orissa: Observing Change. Community Forestry, RCDC, Orissa.

Awareness Poster on :

  • Forest Rights Act 2006
  • Sustainable harvesting of Medicinal Plant and other NTFPs under NMPB sponsored project.
  • Forest Certification: National Standard for Sustainable Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants under NMPB sponsored project.
  • NTFP enterprise and forest Governance on Tendu leaves (Diospyros melanoxylon) & Mahua (Madhuca latifolia) under FGLG-India project.

Article/Proceedings:

  • "Governance Issues and Prospects of Selected NTFP Based Microenterprise Development in Madhya Pradesh" by P. Bhattacharya, L. Pradhan & A. Singh published in the edited book "The Role of Civil Society in the Forestry Sector in India" edited by R. V. Singh and Deepak Khanna, Published by Director, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun and printed at Microsoft Printech (I) Pvt. Ltd., Dehradun.
  • Proceeding of workshop on "Protected Area Governance" sponsored by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  • Proceeding of workshop on "Prospects of NTFP Certification and Sustainable NTFP Management" organized by North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Itanagar; International centre for Community Forestry, Bhopal and Regional Centre for Development Cooperation, Bhubaneswar.
  • News Letter on "People and Forests" Vol.4, No.2, 3 & 4, 2008.

  • Integration of MADPs/ NTFPs in Forest Working Plan: (Sponsored by NMPB,GOI) to incorporate medicinal, aromatic and dye plants (MADPs) in the forest working plan code has focused on evolving strategies for integrating MADPs in forest working plan.
  • NTFP and Forest Governance: Forest Governance Learning Group- India Phase-1: The prime research and governance intervention focus of the activities has been on NTFP collection, management, just and efficient benefit sharing and the Forest Rights Act, 2006. Aligning with these two, the related key governance challenges (policy & issues) addressed were recognition of community forest resource and rights under FRA, transparent trade & procurement of NTFPs including benefit sharing arrangement and private forestry programme.
  • Forest Certification: Development of National Standards for Sustainable Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants from Forest Project Area (sponsored by NMPB, GOI) has come up with a draft version of certification standard which has four principles (viz., legal and policy framework, wild area conservation and management, responsible collection and use practices; benefit sharing and livelihood security; 16 criteria and 55 indicators. The certification standard developed under the project widely cover all forest types and is applicable to all forest areas in India
  • Science & Technology Management Intervention in Value Addition of Selected NTFPs for enhancing Income Generation in Madhya Pradesh, project sponsored by Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi aimed to undertake S & T interventions for improving quality of NTFP based products that constitute crucial livelihood support for local tribal of M.P.
  • Studies on Community Resource Management Systems in the Indian Himalayan Region, sponsored by IUCN, Asia to prepare an atlas of community managed areas of natural resource management in the Himalayan region and to analyze the factors which contribute to their success and prepare recommendations for supporting and promoting community management of natural resources.
  • Community based Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants in M.P. (Phase-II) to develop enhanced model for promoting regeneration of MAP in local forests, explore options for formalizing an inter-connected IPR-mechanism that recognize and respect the traditional knowledge of local communities and for introducing sustainable bio-diversity based livelihood in the project field area.
  • Community Forestry Project sponsored by SDTT to promote community forestry through a combination of action research, extension, training and publication in the field of JFM, Self Initiated Forest Protection (SIFP) and other forms of community forestry.
  • Development of Sahariya Tribes of Sheopur District of M.P. through Forest Based Livelihood Interventions in M.P., project funded by Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. Of India, New Delhi to explore and promote participatory village level NTFP based income generation activities in project villages of Sheopur, M.P.
  • Science and Technology Application for Enhancement of Rural Livelihood : Community Based Chambal Ravine Reclamation through Sustainable Management and Cultivation of Asparagus project funded by Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi for livelihood generation of local tribals through scientific management of Satavar - a medicinal plant naturally available in the Chambal ravine.
  • Road map for Medicinal Plant Sector in Madhya Pradesh project sponsored by National Medicinal Plant Board, New Delhi to enhance procurement of medicinal plants in sustainable ways to meet market demands without over exploitation and through series of stakeholders workshops and expert consultation.

ICCF has also conducted many awareness generation programs in different parts of the country for youths on issues like environment conservation, Forest Rights Act, forest governance etc through cycle rallies, competitions ( poster, painting, quiz etc).

    • Community Based Natural Resource Management (sponsored by Policy Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Govt. of Japan) has primarily focused on changes in the community based natural resource management and its influence on livelihood pattern in the 60 villages , spread along the Narmada River covering 10 districts. The study had shown that (i) Increased farm mechanization threatens unorganized labor, (ii) wage labor remains as an important source of livelihood for marginal families and (iii) despite the complaints of mismanagement, state sponsored rural employment schemes help to check migration in all the districts.

 

    • Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) India studied practical, just and sustainable forest use of NTFP. The project was sponsored by IIED, London UK through CPF, Hyderabad with objectives to spread learning about approach to good forest governance, to make measureable progress in improving sustainable local returns to livelihood, law enforcement, private sector responsibility and enhanced local ownership.

 

    • ICCF entered in technical collaboration with Indo-European Chamber of Commerce & Industries (IECCI) Bhopal in the month of January 2013. The basic objective of this collaboration is to explore the possibility of joint ventures in various interdisciplinary sectors of industry and academics. Prof. Prashant Jadhav IFS and Prof. A K Dharni IFS are the nodal contacts and Dr. Manoj Kr. Singh is the Liaison Officer for this collaboration.