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PROJECT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES  
 

Many developmental projects were launches in the past with the technical assistance of International agencies like FAO/UNDP, USAID, GTZ, etc. which strengthened the human resources through higher foreign education program & short trainings, equipments & machinery, infra structure, field facilities, technical assistance. Consequently this lead to quality research and education out put. So far 2149 research studies and 82 developmental projects have been completed by researchers.

Presently, two research and development projects sponsored by the Government of Pakistan are being executed by the Institute namely, Forestry Sector Research and Development Project (FSR&DP) and Strengthening of Forest Products Research (SFPR). Under the Forestry Sector Research and Development Project, the improvement works for infrastructure of PFI and its four field stations are in progress. In addition, the Forest Library is being computerized and web page has been launched under Extension and Publicity program. Under the tree Improvement component research is under way on species like Neem, Paulownia, Chalgoza, Walnut and Almond both at nursery and field level in different ecological zones. In order to optimize the use of water for six important tree species including eucalyptus, a study has been laid out at PFI and the irrigations are being applied on regular intervals and monitored. This will indicate the optimum use of water in comparison to eucalyptus on completion of the study. Similarly studies are being executed on Wildlife Management and Forest Protection in this project. A data base for the preparation of tree cover in the country is in progress and cooperation from SUPARCO is being sought for assistance in various areas under GIS & RS part. Under human resource development program regular specialized courses are being conducted for the nominees of Provincial Forest Departments, Non-governmental organizations, farmers and other related agencies. So far more than 200 nominees from different organizations have been trained.

 Under the SFPR project a data base on forest products marketing and economics has been established for planning strategies in the forest products and to interact with international organizations. Furthermore, laboratories of forest products research have been strengthened. Research is in progress to substitute commercial species with the non commercial species in the utilization of wood and wood products. Efforts are being made to strengthen the PFI linkages with the tree growers, wood industries and wood users.

Another research project viz., Introduction of Medical Herbs and Spices as Crops is being sponsored by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Government of Pakistan. The project aims the mass production of profitable drug plant species and spices on commercial and public land through community participation.

ON GOING RESEARCH AND TEACHING ACTIVITIES

  • Education and training of professionals and sub-professionals of Provincial/Regional Forest Departments, other government agencies and NGOs in Pakistan as well as for countries in Asia and Africa for scientific management of natural forests, irrigated plantations, rangelands, watersheds, wildlife, agro-forestry, etc.
  • Selection and propagation of important indigenous and exotic forest tree species to increase wood production.
  • Development of dry zone afforestation techniques for arid and semi arid areas.
  • Control of forest tree pests and diseases for healthy forest production and minimize wood losses.
  • Production and distribution of quality seeds of forest tree and grass species for afforestation/ reforestation purposes.
  • Biological rehabilitation of waterlogged and saline areas.
  • Preparation of volume and yield tables of all commercial forest tree species.
  • Production of disease free silk seed through selection and breeding.
  • Develop integrated silkworm disease management modules.
  • Selection and propagation of mulberry varieties for silkworm rearing.
  • Determination of technological properties and treatments of timbers to ensure their better utilization and testing of woody/non-woody plant material for pulp and paper.
  • Utilization of poor quality woods for manufacturing panel products.
  • Application of modern techniques in timber harvesting and transportation to economize these operations.
  • Determination of technological properties and treatments to ensure economic and efficient use of commercial timber.
  • Testing of woody and non-woody plant material for pulp and paper.
  • Quantitative survey on medicinal plant resources and propagation of commercial and endangered species.
  • Promotion of tree growth on farmlands to increase production of forestry goods and services.
  • To develop measures for the control of soil erosion and land slides.
  • Economic and financial analysis of different forest management options.
  • Compilation of forestry statistics to provide secondary data for forestry planning.
  • Forestry extension and publicity
  • Population dynamics, habitat studies and conservation of important wildlife species.
  • Study of biodiversity threats and measures of conservation.
  • Forest soil classification for selection of suitable sites for afforestation.
  • Management and rehabilitation of rangelands to increase forage and livestock production.
  • Application of Geographical Information System (GIS) techniques for forest resource inventory and management.
  • Compilation, publication and dissemination of research out puts.
  • Publication of biannual scientific journal “Pakistan Journal of Forestry”

Keeping in view the present day demand of forestry goods and services, this institute is developing and providing technology, education and creating public awareness on environmental protection, biodiversity conservation and development of forestry sector in Pakistan. We endeavor to complete our mission vision and objectives through public participation.

 

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