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
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
- Production of disease free silk seed through selection and breeding.
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.
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.
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 extension and publicity
- Population dynamics, habitat studies and conservation of important
of biodiversity threats and measures of conservation.
soil classification for selection of suitable sites for afforestation.
- Management and rehabilitation of rangelands to increase forage and
- 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
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.