FOREST RESEARCH CENTRE FOR COASTAL ECOSYSTEM (FRC-CE), VISAKHAPATNAM
Forest Research Institute and Colleges established in 1906 at Dehra Dun and reorganized in 1988 under the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change as Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) is delegated to pursue research on Indian forests and forest products. Chief of the forest produce being timber, aspects related to its care during utility were entrusted to Wood Preservation Branch. Way back in 1931, this branch had perceived the research needs of wood protection under marine conditions of the country having a vast seaboard and bulk timber use for sea trade and resource(s) harvest. The approach however was streamlined under the aegis of Dr. A. Purushotham in 1953 resulting in the setup of “Marine Centres” at Mumbai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai and Visakhapatnam. Subsequently, Thiruvananthapuram Centre was merged with Kochi Centre while Mumbai Centre moved to Goa. In 1977, these centres were detached from Dehra Dun and annexed to Forest Research Laboratory, Bangalore later renamed as Institute of Wood Science and Technology under ICFRE in 1988. During 1998, the four Marine Centres were amalgamated into a single unit – the Wood Biodegradation Centre (Marine) at Visakhapatnam and an independent building with laboratory facilities was created. Now, this is the lone establishment in the entire country for research on timber protection under seawater in its total perspective. Since 1st April 2016, the Centre had been rechristened as Forest Research Centre for Coastal Ecosystem and affiliated to the Institute of Forest Biodiversity, Hyderabad.
To attain excellence in conservation of forest genetic resources and its sustainable utilization for enhancing productivity and livelihood support.
To carry out focused research on forest biodiversity and forest genetic resources management with respect to Mangroves and Coastal ecosystems of East and west coast and special emphasis to Eastern Ghats and Agroforestry resource development through dissemination of knowledge and technologies.
FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Dr. S. Chakrabarti
Scientist – G & Head
Forest Research Centre for Coastal Ecosystem
Institute of Forest Biodiversity,
Via Yoga Village, Beach Road,
Andhra University Post,
Visakhapatnam – 530003