Capacity Building with the Indian Forest Service

The Faculty of Forestry is providing mid-career training programs for the Indian Forest Service. The primary purpose of these programs is to provide senior Indian Forest Service officers with an increased knowledge of strategic planning, policy making and governance aspects of forest management. The program starts in India with a one-week orientation. Half of the 60 participants then travel to the U.S. and the other half to British Columbia to attend a two-week training program. During the final week in India, participants share their experiences in both countries. The training programs are coordinated by a consortium consisting of the Faculty of Forestry, the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York, the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore and the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in Dehradun. This venture represents the highest level of training programs ever conducted by the Indian Forest Service and the UBC Faculty of Forestry is proud to be a part of it as it reinforces the commitment to being a truly global forestry school that is recognized as such around the world.

For further information, contact Jorma Neuvonen, Director of Special Projects for the Faculty of Forestry, at

Chief Forester of BC’s Ministry of Forests and Range speaking to Indian Forest Service trainees

Indian Forest Service trainees during a field visit

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