New MoU Signed Between India and UBC Faculty of Forestry

Ground-breaking MoU signed between India and the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry

MoU will further develop forest science research collaborative partnership


The Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) recently signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). The signing marks a significant step in the further development of existing collaboration between the Faculty and 18 forestry research and education institutes based in India.

Initiatives by the Faculty of Forestry at UBC and various Indian government forest research and education institutions over the past nine years have yielded numerous benefits. Notable among these benefits are: the training of more than 500 Indian Forest Service officers from the Indira Gandhi National Forestry Academy; opportunities for UBC students to attend Indian field schools with the Wildlife Institute of India; and a partnership with the Indian Forest Research Institute which led to the organization of the 19th Commonwealth Forestry Conference in Dehradun in 2017, publications and joint research projects.

The signing of the MoU is expected to open doors for an even greater exchange of student researchers, faculty members and post-doctoral fellows between the institutes, as well as provide opportunities for joint large-scale multidisciplinary research projects. Further training activities including joint conferences, seminars, workshops and exhibitions will also be facilitated under the new agreement.

The MoU is a significant milestone in further developing this important partnership over the next 10 years.

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Susan Gagnon
Faculty of Forestry
Assistant Dean, Communications

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