Forest Management is about understanding forests or forestry as a sector, managing this sector and its natural resources and addressing the question of how you can provide livelihood to the people comprising forest dwellers or forest fringe dwellers by enhancing their livelihood. From here, we have to go in a triangular direction, which means that there is an environmental component, a sociological component and an economic component attached to Forest Management. It also includes taking care of the forest environment in terms of managing the resources, the development of the forest sector as an industry for economic activities. The sociological dimension of the people who dwell in forests also is one of the main components in the course.
Aptitude, skills and qualification needed to be eligible/suitable for the course
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline recognized by The Association of Indian Universities/AICTE as eligible for Post Graduate Studies in Management.
Topics covered by the course are carbon trading, Kyoto protocol, carbon sequestering, climatic change, global warming, Principles of Environmental Management, Environmental Impact and Risk Analysis, Environmental Governance, Environment Law, Ecological Economics, GIS, Waste Management and Industrial Ecology, State of India's Environment, Statistics and Environmental Modelling, Corporate Environmental Management, and Environmental Pollution and Assessment, in addition to certain foundation courses such as Operations Research, Micro and Macro economic policy analysis.
University/College for Studies
India has some of the best Management institutes which tutor this course and the competition across the globe for the seats are enormous. Some of the institutes offering this course in India are
- Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
- Amity University
- U.P Technical University
- Institute of Environment & Management, Lucknow
- Annamalai University
- Bharathidasan University
- Maharshi Dayanand University
Forest & Ecology Management is one of the main concerns of governments across the globe and government/private sectors offer jobs in climate change management, forest management, solid & liquid waste control and management. Corporates offer jobs in pollution control and environment too.