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With its auspicious goal to produce competent and efficient human resource that can be instrumental in conservation and management of biodiversity, environment and natural resources and  development of rural communities, the IOF-PC, with the help of its enthusiastic teaching faculty and spirited staff, has always endeavored to ameliorate its academic environment and administer well designed educational programs that can address the current needs of the country  and the globe in forestry and allied fields. It is committed to satisfying student's quest for knowledge and pragmatic skills that will make all the difference in their professional career. The IOF-PC is currently running the following academic programs:

  1. Master of Science in Forestry
  2. Master of Science in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development (NRMRD)
  3. Master of Science in Watershed Management (WM)
  4. Master of Science in Community Forestry (CF)
  5. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Forestry

Beside regular academic programs, it also conducts short-term national and international training and workshops in Forestry and allied subjects.

Science and Power in Participatory Forestry (SCIFOR)

Duration: 4 years (Jan 2014 – Dec 2017)

Project Goal: To promote participatory forestry planning and management approaches that

support equitable, environmentally sound, and economically rational forest management.

Specific research objectives are to understand:

  • The justifications and functions of scientific forest management planning and the values attributed to it, from the perspective of the forest bureaucracy.
  • The role of scientific forest management planning in forest communities’ forest management and planning practices.
  • How scientific forest management planning affects communities’ relations to the forest bureaucracy.
  • How scientific forest management planning affects people’s participation and inclusion in participatory forestry at the CFUG level.

Major Activities: Award 4 PhD degrees; short term research grants; develop and implement teaching curricula in adaptive forest management planning; develop practical guidelines on adaptive participatory forest management planning; disseminate project results (Nepal and Tanzania).

Funded by: Danish Consultative Research Committee on Development Research (DANIDA)

Budget: DKK 9 million

Collaborators: Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania; IOF, Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Aarhus University, Denmark; IFRO, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Project Coordinator: Dr. Santosh Rayamajhi ([email protected])


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