Dehradun, October 19
The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) books, "Forest Biodiversity in India" and “Forest Sector Report India 2010,” were released by Jayanthi Natarajan, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests during the Eleventh Conference of Parties (COP-11) meeting in Hyderabad today.
To provide insight into the unique treasure of India's forest biodiversity, a coffee table book "Forest Biodiversity in India" presents a spectacular visual work and successfully highlights the message of biodiversity conservation for the human well-being.
It also looks beyond the data to understand the human expectations, demands and contributions to conserve, protect and nurture the treasure of biodiversity. This coffee table book comprises 12 chapters and is an effort to bring out the different facets of the Indian Forest Biodiversity. This coffee table book is first of its kind in India in the field of forest biodiversity depicting various dimensions through photographs and will be of tremendous value to the readers in understanding the unique heritage of the country.
The book has been written in easy-to-understand language on the complex biological features of the country and was published with the financial support from the National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai.
In addition to the book, "Forest Sector Report India 2010", prepared by the ICFRE on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, was also released.
The report gives details of the forestry sector activities like investment in the forestry sector, international conventions related to the sector, the National Afforestation Programme, use of modern technology like GIS in the forest management, contribution of the forests to the Indian economy, development of non-timber forest resources, management of human resources.
Dr VK Bahuguna, Director General, ICFRE, was also present on the ocassion.

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