A project for control and management of forest invasive species in the natural and plantation forests of India, Sri Lanka and Maldives will be launched shortly. The project is being taken up by the Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN) Secretariat, which is based at the Kerala Forest Research Institute, Thrissur. Funded by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, the project will be implemented simultaneously in these nations. Researchers will establish model sites in the three countries and evolve protocols for control and management of invasive species. A two-day inception workshop will begin at the Institute on May 6. P.S. Easa, director of the institute, and V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Executive Vice President of the Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment and others will speak.

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