The state government has decided to join hands with XLRI School of Business and Human Resources to hold a two-day programme on good governance for sustainable forest management. The government is looking to increase the functioning and decision-making capabilities of the forest personnel through incorporating national and international practices in the two day long programme. There will be a series of four programmes under the two day long schedule.
The first programme has been already commenced on capacity building of forest officers. The participants were from the state forest departments and discussions took place over the forest related issues. On the first day of the two day long programme issues such as sustainable development and global sustainable development goals were discussed along with managing forests for ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and compensatory afforestation fund management and planning authority provisions (CAMPA) were discussed. On the second day stress management and team building were on focus for making the forest officials take effective decisions on time.
According to the Chairperson of Fr. Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability, XLRI Dr. Madhukar Shukla, “Forest governance in the 21st century needs to align with the concerns of local and global stakeholders, through innovative and participative approaches that lead to sustainable forest management outcomes. In light of an evolved understanding of the role of forests and fast emerging policy regimes, it is imperative to develop the skills of forest personnel across all hierarchical levels for better forest governance.”