Forest Survey of India

Forest Survey of India

Forest Survey of India (FSI) is a government organization in India under the union Ministry of Environment and Forests for conducting forest surveys and studies. The organization came into being in June, 1981.cite web |url=http://envfor.nic.in/fsi/fsi.html |title= Forest Survey of India, Dehradun|accessdate= 2008-04-06|work= |publisher= Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India ] The objective of the organization is monitoring periodically the changing situation of land and forest resources and present the data for national planning; conservation and management of environmental preservation and implementation of social forestry projects.

History

Forest Survey of India is the successor of "Preinvestment Survey of Forest Resources" (PISFR), a project initiated in 1965 by Government of India with the sponsorship of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).cite web |url= http://www.fsi.nic.in/brief_history.htm|title=Brief History |accessdate=2008-04-06 |work=About Us |publisher=orest Survey of India] In its report in 1976, the National Commission on Agriculture (NCA) recommended for the creation of a National Forest Survey Organization for a regular, periodic and comprehensive forest resources survey of the country leading to creation of FSI.ccc

Objectives

The objectives of Forest Survey of India are:cite web |url= http://www.fsi.nic.in/objectives.htm|title=Objectives of FSI |accessdate=2008-04-06 |work=About Us |publisher=orest Survey of India]
#To prepare State of Forest Report biennially, providing assessment of latest forest cover in the country and monitoring changes in these.
#To conduct inventory in forest and non-forest areas and develop database on forest tree resources.
#To prepare thematic maps on 1:50,000 scale, using aerial photographs.
#To function as a nodal agency for collection, compilation, storage and dissemination of spatial database on forest resources.
#To conduct training of forestry personnel in application of technologies related to resources survey, remote sensing, GIS, etc.
#To strengthen research & development infrastructure in FSI and to conduct research on applied forest survey techniques.
#To support State/UT Forest Departments (SFD) in forest resources survey, mapping and inventory.
#To undertake forestry related special studies/consultancies and custom made training courses for SFD's and other organisations on project basis.

References

ee also

* Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM)
* Indian Forest Service (IFS)
* Forest Research Institute
* Wildlife Institute of India

External links

* [http://www.fsi.nic.in/index.htm Forest Survey of India Official page]


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