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Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå, 2015

Address: Institutionen för skoglig resurshushållning, SLU, Skogsmarksgränd, SE-901 83 Umeå, Sweden
Web page: http://www.slu.se/en/faculties/s/about-the-faculty/departments/srh-en/

Contact person: Dr Mats Sandewall, Senior Lecturer, phone: +46 (0)90 786 8329

South Asia related collaboration activities

The Department of Forest Resource Management is divided into six different competence areas: Remote Sensing, Forest Inventory and Empirical Ecosystem Modeling, Forest Planning, Forest in Rural Studies, and International Forestry
The department is involved in a Linnaeus Palme exchange programme with the Forest Research Institute (Deemed) University (FRI) in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India (photo). The collaboration is coordinated by Dr. Mats Sandewall, and his colleague  at the department, Associate Professor Hans Petersson.  The main contact persons on the Indian side are the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Padam P. Bhojvaid, and Madan Prasad Singh, Head of department.
FRI is one of the premier institutes carrying education and training in forestry and environment in Asia. The climate change & Forest Influences division is working on carrying out and co-ordinating education and research on climate change, effect of climate change on forests, other biodiversity, mitigation of climate change through forestry activities. The division is also involved in the study of the influences of the forests on soil, water and climate and study of short and long term role of forests both locally and globally.
Discussions on student and lecturer exchange were initiated in Sweden, at Ultuna in April 2012, between SLU Vice Chancellor Lisa Sennerby-Forse), and representatives of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), the supreme organisation on forestry education in India. The ICFRE Director General, Dr. V.K. Bahuguna, is also Chancellor for the FRI University, and he has already been counterpart in an ongoing co-operation project for continued education of Indian Forest Officers at SLU during the period 2010–12. 
More discussions were held during a SLU delegation visit to Dehradun, meeting the Dean (Academic), Dr. Ramesh K. Aima, and the Dean (Research) Dr. Arun Singh Rawat. They held framework discussions on opportunities and requirements for student and lecturer exchange. A Memorandum of Understanding for continued efforts to facilitate student and lecturer exchange was established.

In March 2013, the International Programme Office for Education and Training (Internationella Programkontoret) decided to give the department SEK 80 000 as an initial Linnaeus Palme International Exchange programme grant with the Forest Research Institute (Deemed) University to develop collaboration on teachers and students exchange during the period 2013-14. 
The project has received continued funding for 2015-16 with SEK 403 342. More information about South Asia related Linnaeus Palme programme grants for 2015-16.