A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada yesterday for next 10 years would promote collaborative research on wood sciences, forest resource management, adaptation and mitigation to climate change, forest genetics and breeding, wildlife, ecology, remote sensing, insect and disease pests, extension, conservation of flora and fauna, biotechnology, bio-energy, bio-economy, etc.
It will also pave the way for exchanging students/researchers, faculty members and post-doctoral fellows through internship and other scholarship opportunities. Capacity building on data collection and analysis of Permanent observational sample plots under forest inventory for growth, stand structure, biodiversity and climate change parameters will be an add on of this MoU. MoU also provides for training and exposure on developing suitable protocols for Linkage of Remote Sensing and field inventory data, arranging joint conferences, seminar, workshops and exhibitions, etc.
The institutions and organisations that would be involved in these exercises are Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Wildlife Institute of India, Forest Survey of India, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy and Directorate of Forest Education, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
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