Encompassing the picturesque eastern Himalayas in Sikkim and North Bengal, the fertile alluvial expanse of indo-gangetic plains in Bihar and West Bengal, deltaic and coastal mangroves of the world famous Sunderbans, a pocket of Terai Sal forest in the north west corner of Bihar and tropical deciduous forests of Kaimur and Chotanagpur plateau overlaying rich and enticing mineral resources within its jurisdiction, the Institute of Forest Productivity is a premier forestry research organization catering to the forestry research needs of eastern India.



1.   To undertake and promote forestry research, education and extension, leading to scientific and sustainable management of forest resources.

2.   To provide scientific advice to the central and state governments aiding informed decision making in matters of national and regional importance and international commitments and to address   forestry research needs.

3.   To provide technical assistance and material support to states, forest dependent communities, forest based industries, tree & NTFP growers and other stakeholders in their forestry based programmes for conservation and sustainable use of forest resources.

4.   To undertake research in silviculture and forest management for development of natural and artificial regeneration practices, including nursery & plantation techniques.

5.   To develop appropriate cultivation, harvest and postharvest techniques for important NTFP and lesser known tree species.

6.   To undertake research on forest productivity, ecorestoration and rehabilitation of mined out areas & other stressed/degraded/difficult sites.

7.   To undertake research on genetic improvement for productivity enhancement of economically important species.

8.   To undertake research and knowledge management on various aspects of forests, viz., forest soils, invasive species, forest fires, insect pests and diseases.

9.   To develop, upscale, disseminate and share of appropriate technologies to end-users through innovative extension strategies and capacity building programmes.

10. To undertake all such activities as necessary, incidental and conducive to attainment of the objectives of the Council.


Core Research Areas:

1- Ecological reclamation of mined overburdens and stressed sites.

2- NTFPs and cash crops of forest origin including Lac and Tasar.

3- Development of agro-forestry models suitable for different agro-climatic zones and cropping patterns in eastern India.

4- Community based natural resources management and Documentation of indigenous traditional knowledge


Geographical Jurisdiction:

1- Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

2- More than 42,000 Km2 forest area.

3- Six agro-ecological zones.

4- Six main forest types.


Key Achievements: (Click on link to view detail)

1-  Research

2-  Extension

3-  Education


Ongoing Projects

Completed Projects


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