A joint venture between state government and XLRI School of
Business and Human Resources has been made with a view to introduce and conduct
a two-day programme on governance for sustainable forest management. This will
help to match international practices followed with functioning of
On Monday, started the first programme, about capacity
building of forest officers. There is a series of four programmes. It was
attended by forest officials of the state participating in a variety of forest-related
On inaugural day of the event, several topics such as
Sustainable development and global sustainable development goals, managing
forests for ecosystem services, poverty removal and compensatory afforestation
fund management and planning authority (CAMPA) provisions were discussed.
How to manage stress
and building team for effective decision making are the topics to be discussed
in detail on December 22nd, the second and concluding day.
Dr Madhukar Shukla, chairperson of Fr Arrupe Center for
Ecology and Sustainability emphasized the fact that today in the 21st century,
forest department needs to look after the stakeholders (both local and global)
through new techniques which will finally lead to sustainable development. In
order to improve the efficiency of forest governance with emerging policies, it's
important that skills of forest personnel are developed at all levels to cope
up with these changes.
Another senior official mentioned clearly that in order to
achieve sustainable development, forest personnel who is at the field needs to
be well educated and informed. This was in light of the programme introduced.
One of the participants and IFS officer said that it is
important that our officials are well informed as recently many policies
(National and international) have came into place for improving the forests as
this is the need of the hour.
The program which lasted two days needs to be viewed in the
background of the landmark publication "Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment" under the auspices of United Nations in 2005, quoted one of