Forest Ecology and Rehabilitation Division:         

             The mandate of the division is to :

Major research areas of the division are climate change, valuation of plantations and forests for tangible and intangible benefits and eco-restoration of degraded lands.

                                                                                                                 

Thrust Area

Theme

1.       Ecosystem conservation and management

 Climate change Ecology and environment

2.      Forest productivity

Forest soil and land management.

 

 

Ongoing Projects

S. No.

Title of the Project

Funding Agency

Year/Likely Year of Completion

Project Leader

1.

 Utilization of Automatic weather station/ Agrometeorological station data for agriculture, forestry and hydrological applications in Madhya Pradesh

Space Application Centre (ISRO), Ahmedabad

2014

 Dr. Avinash Jain

2.

Standardization of technique to enhance the quality and sustainable production of Diospyros melanoxylon leaves in Chhattisgarh

CG MFP Federation, Raipur

2014

 Dr. Avinash Jain

3.

 Assessment of green cover and its tangible and intangible benefit and tree cover management plan for STPP Korba

NTPC Korba

2014

Dr. Avinash Jain

4.

  Establishing Arachnarium at TFRI, Jabalpur (M.P)

MPSFD

2015

Dr. Sumit Chakrabarti 

5

 Carbon sequestration through afforestation at Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha

 

2015 - 2019

 Dr. Avinash Jain

6

 “Assessing the impact of pruning of Diospyros melanoxylon bushes on its yield, quality and natural regeneration of tree species in Maharastra’’

 

2016 - 2018

Dr. Avinash Jain

Consultancy

1.

 Preparation of conservation plan and study of the impact on the wild life for Rajgamar underground project, SECL Korba (C.G.)

SECL Korba

2013

   Dr. Avinash Jain

2.

 

Use of ash pond decant water for agriculture purpose 
around NTPC- Ramagundam Super Thermal Power Station.
( Telangana) 
 NTPC- Ramagundam. (Telangana)
 

2016

  Dr. Avinash Jain

3. 

Wildlife conservation plan for Ketki Underground Coal Mine

Ketki Underground Coal Mine

2015

Raja Ram Singh

4. 

Wildlife conservation plan for Amgaon Open Cast Coal Mine

Amgaon Open Cast Coal Mine 

2015

 Raja Ram Singh

5

Wildlife conservation plan for Mahan-II Open Cast Coal Mine

 Mahan-II Open Cast Coal Mine 

2015

 Raja Ram Singh

6

Wildlife conservation plan for Jhagrakhand Coal Mine

 Jhagrakhand Coal Mine

2015

 Raja Ram Singh

7

Wildlife conservation plan for Kharsia-Dharmjaigarh East Railway Cooridore CERL

Kharsia-Dharmjaigarh  CERL  

2015

 Raja Ram Singh

8

Wildlife conservation plan for Gevra Road –Pendra
 Road East-west Railway Cooridore CEwRL

Gevra Road –Pendra Road East-West Railway Cooridore CEwRL CERL

2015

M. Rajkumar

9

Wildlife Conservation plan for Saraipali Coal Mine

 Saraipali Coal Mine

2015

   Dr. Avinash Jain

10

 Wildlife Conservation plan for Rajgamar Coal Mine

 Rajgamar Coal Mine

2015

  Dr. Avinash Jain

Major Achievements

  1. Eco-restoration in mined areas : Technological packages (engineering and biological) for reclamation of mined areas (coal, iron & copper) through systematic research have been developed and perfected.

  2. Extent of application in the field :The technological packages developed are being utilized by South-Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (SECL), Northern Coalfields Ltd. (NCL), Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), Limestone mine Authority etc.   

  3. Application of Technology: A specialized training for one month was conducted for SAIL executives (40 persons) on eco-restoration of mined areas. Eco-restoration work has been taken up at Dalli-Rajhara and Mahamaya iron mined areas under Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP). 

  4.  Pollution absorbing efficiency of plants: Trees have been graded and indexed according to their sensitivity/tolerance on the basis of percent leaf area damage, reduction of chlorophyll, N and P contents, reduction of sugar and ascorbic acid etc. More than 50 tree species have been graded according to their tolerance to thermal power plant and lime kiln emissions.

  1. Integrated development of Neem: In  various agro-ecological  regions  of  M. P., Chhatisgarh & Orissa seed  production  areas  have  been  identified. About 20 superior  trees have been selected from each provenance in various agro-climatic zones.  Experiments on fertilizers trial, seed morphological properties, estimation of oil and azadirachtin contents  were conducted. Vegetative propagation method for neem has been standardized

Significant achievements

  1. Developed regression allometric equations against GBH, height and age to quantify above ground biomass, thus carbon, by non destructive method in more than 20 tropical forest tree species including Tectona grandis, Shorea robusta and Eucalypts.

  2. Assessed carbon stock and annual sequestration in natural forests, plantations and agroforestry systems.

  3. Economic valuation of plantations for their tangible and intangible benefits was done following Contingent Valuation Method.

  4. Eucalyptus hybrid (FRI-4 and FRI-5 clones), followed by Pongamia pinnata and Terminalia arjuna showed the best performance in the management of underground water table along left bank canal of Bargi command area. 

  5. Eucalyptus hybrid consumed maximum water on per day basis under lysimetric experiments. 

  6. The status of natural regeneration in the forests of Western Ghats of Maharashtra was found to be 'Good', because density of seedlings > density of saplings > density of trees.

  7. Developed packages for reclamation of mined overburden dumps of coal, iron, copper, manganese and limestone, which included selection of suitable species and amendments provided to spoil. 

  8. Screened superior trees of Azadirachta indica on the basis of azadirachtin content in M.P., Chhattisgarh and Orissa.  Azadirachtin content varied from 848 ppm (Sambalpur) to 5263 ppm (Shahdol).

For further details, please contact

Dr. Sumit Chakrabarti,  Head, 

Forest Ecology and Rehabilitation Division

Phone: +91-761-2840008 (O), +91-9418665025 (Mob)   

E-mail: chakrabartis@icfre.org

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