Arid Forest Research Institute

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
(An Autonomous Body of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India)

One-Week Compulsory Training Course for Indian Forest Service Officers on “Integrated Approach for Sustainable Development of Fragile Desert Eco-system” from December 18-22, 2017.

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Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan State - known as sun city and is a gateway to Great Indian Desert. It is known for its touristic beauty, handicraft items, Rajasthani dresses, and foods. The city is about 626 Km from New Delhi and 353 Km from Jaipur and is well connected through road, rail and air routes.


This Institute is located on New Pali Road, in the South-Eastern Part of Jodhpur City, 9 km from the railway station on Pali road (near Urban Hut) and 500 m before Jhalamand Chowraha (right-hand side while moving on Pali road from Railway station). The Jodhpur Air Port is 10 km from the Institute. One can reach Jodhpur from Delhi, Bombay, Banglore, and Jaipur directly by flight as well as Railways.


The vehicles will be made available for meeting the transport needs of the participants and the resource persons. The participants and the resource persons arriving from various parts of the country will be received at the airport/railway station and escorted to the Institute by the staff of the Institute. Prior information about the travel plan of the participants is solicited through fax/e-mail by 8th December 2017 for making necessary arrangements well in time.


AFRI is situated on the Jodhpur- Pali Highway (NH-65) about 9 Km from the Railway station and 10 km from the Airport and has all the necessary facilities including seminar and conference halls with public address system and multimedia facilities.  The weather in Jodhpur during December remains fairly cold.  The temperature ranges normally between 25-30 degrees Celsius during the daytime and 10-15 degrees Celsius in the night. Jaisalmer (where the field tours are proposed) is relatively colder particularly during the night and requires warm clothes.



Course Objectives

    The course of this training is designed to achieve the following objectives:

    To get acquainted with the desert ecosystem, resource availability and people livelihoods in the region.

    To appreciate the need for water management including rainwater harvesting and watershed aspects in drylands.

    To get acquainted with the remote sensing and GIS and their utilization in forestry sector with special emphasis on drylands.

    To deliberate upon the issue related to the management and conservation aspects of biodiversity including invasive plant species.

    To know the alternative farming and value addition of forest produce of drylands including medicinal plants.

    To understand the application of biotechnology for conservation and propagation of important plant species including threatened and endangered species of the desert.

    To understand and discuss management aspects of arid salt land for sustained production

    To know important export-oriented medicinal plants of dry region including the Thar Desert

    To share experiences of trainees on the topic under training.

 Course Contents

The course programme has been designed to accommodate both the lecture and interactive sessions with adequate scope for field visits. The lecture/interactive sessions will be of about 90 minutes duration and sufficient time will be devoted to experience sharing on each topic with special emphasis on the case studies. There will be two field visits; one to Jaisalmer district to understand the harshness of the climate and sustainability aspects of livelihood through afforestation activities under sand dune stabilization as well as along the Indira Gandhi Nahar Pariyojana (IGNP) and eco-tourism related aspects of sand dunes. The other tours will be on the outskirts of Jodhpur city to visit rocky area rehabilitation for enhanced diversity & environmental condition.

Resource Persons

The eminent resource persons have been invited having vast experience in their respective fields of soil and water conservation, management and utilization, Agroforestry and value addition, Nanontechnology, GIS & remote sensing techniques, Biotechnology, medicinal plants, etc. It is expected that there will be good discussions and sharing of experiences between resource persons and the participants.

The participants 

This training programme is aimed at providing knowledge and proper understanding of the fragile desert eco-system to the members of the Indian Forest service. The participants are encouraged to bring the specific case studies of their regions pertaining to the course objectives. Ten minutes time will be given to each participant for the presentation of the same.


Venue: The training programme will be organized in the seminar hall of the Institute. Lodging arrangement of the participants has been made at the guest house/scientist hostel of the Institute and at suitable locality in the Jodhpur city.


For general information about the training and correspondence 

    Dr. G. Singh, Scientist G,  Forest Ecology & Course Director


    P.O. Krishi Upaz Mandi, New Pali Road,

    Jodhpur – 342 005, RAJASTHAN

    Phone: 0291-2729143(O), 2725438(R), 09414070025 (M)


 For accommodation related matter

    Sh B.R. Jat, DCF &Estate Officer, AFRI


    P.O. Krishi Upaz Mandi, New Pali Road,

    Jodhpur – 342 005, RAJASTHAN

    Phone: 0291-2729115(O), 09414327122 (M)


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