A revised list of types and sub-types of forests in India is likely to be released within the next two months, said V.K. Bahuguna, Director-General of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), here on Thursday.

Forest types in India were classified in 1968 by H.C. Champion and S.K. Seth and the classification had 16 types of forests with more than 200 sub-types. However, owing to the changing climate, environment conditions and monsoon pattern, the forest types had undergone changes. Hence, the ICFRE decided to revisit the forest tyes.

Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB) carried out a study on forest types and their sub-types in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar islands. Similarly, ICFRE institutions were on this job for more than a year across the country. Now, the study was nearing completion and the ICFRE had classified the forest types to 10 from 16 and the sub-types from 200 to just 43. The simplified forest types would help in easy management and also in their conservation, Mr. Bahuguna told reporters.

He also said that an All India Co-ordinated Tree Improvement Project was on the cards to ensure a sustained effort on agri-based forestry. The project is aimed at tapping and protecting the rich gene pool present in North East, Western Ghats and Himalayas. Considering the rich and valued work contributed by IFGTB, Mr.Bahuguna said the IFGTB in Coimbatore would be upgraded into a National Bureau of Forest Genetic Resources soon.

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