JORHAT, Aug 12: The ICFRE-Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), at Sotai on Saturday organised the 4th
Regional Research Conference (RRC) on the topic Climate Change Impacts, Adaptations and
Vulnerability: North-east Indian Perspectives.
An RFRI official informed that the director ICFRE-RFRI, Jorhat, Dr RK Borah delivered the welcome
address and stated the objective of organising the conference, which was subsequently virtually
inaugurated by the director-general, ICFRE, Dehradun, Arun Singh Rawat (IFS)
Delivering the inaugural speech, Rawat emphasised on addressing issues on climate-change with multi-
disciplinary approach. He highlighted on formulation of state or region-specific projects based on the
need of stakeholders.
There were four sessions on different topics, which were forestry research in the north-eastern region,
issues of forestry research and climate-change impact on ecosystem, especially soil and adaptation
strategies, management of tree outside forest and industrial pollution assessment.
The conference was attended by Dr Ratnakar Jauhari, DDG (Res), ICFRE, Dr Sumit Chakraborti, ADG
(M&E), ICFRE, Dehradun, Dr A.Babu, director, Tocklai Tea Research Institute, Jorhat, Dr Samarendra
Hazarika, principal scientist, ICAR RC for NEH, Meghalaya, Dr Sonali Ghosh, (IFS) CCF-cum CEO, Assam
Agroforestry Development Board, Guwahati, Kush Roy, DCF, Tripura, NGO members, scientists and
officers of RFRI.
It was also joined virtually by senior officers of forest department of different north-eastern states and
scientists of research Institutes. The first technical presentation was delivered by RK Kalita, head,
extension division, ICFRE-RFRI, Jorhat, on research and extension strategies of the Institute. Kalita also
spoke on the action taken with regards to recommendations of last RRC.
Representatives from different state forest departments and industries shared their research issues and
discussed possible collaboration with the institute (CFRE-RFRI). The conference concluded with the
recommendations of RRC and offering of vote of thanks by Director, ICFRE-RFRI, Jorhat, Dr RK Borah.