International Symposium on

Transforming Mountain Forestry 

Bridging transboundary challenges with 21st century paradigms for the welfare of mountain people, forests and environment in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Dehradun, India
18 - 22 January 2015

Conference Programme

Untitled Document
17 Jan 2015, Saturday



Press briefing (Board Room)

Arrival of Participants and registration (in respective hotels and FRI Scentist Hostel)

Day 1: 18 January 2015, Sunday
Inauguration and High-Level Leadership Panel




Field Trip: Watershed Management and Biodiversity Conservation near Mussorie Hills, Oak Forest Watershed and Van Panchayats, (Detail field visit plan is attached in Symposium Kitbag)
Rajbir Singh, Permanand Kumar, Ombir Singh, FRI


Inaugural Session: Convocation Hall
Transforming Mountain Forestry in 21st Century for the Welfare of Mountain People and Environment in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Arrival of the Guest

Introduction and Welcome


Dr David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD

Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, Government of India


  • Alpine Forest Changes and Expectations for Forests in the Himalayas Related to Sustained
    Ecosystem Services, Christian Koerner
  • Global to Regional Perspectives for Forests in the HKH, Maharaj Muthoo
  • Mountain Forests and Regional Perspectives, Ashwani Kumar, Director General, ICFRE

Inaugural remarks by the Chief Guest
Panelist: S.S. Negi, Additional Director General, MoEFCC, India

Remarks from representatives from countries of the HKH region

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Pakistan
  • Myanmar
  • China
  • Nepal

Key messages and closing remarks by the Chair
Vote of thanks, FRI

Rapporteurs: Laxmi Dutt Bhatta, ICIMOD, and Vineet Kumar, FRI

19:00-20:30Reception dinner: Officer