Senior Indian Forest Services officers attend Environmental Policy Program at Maxwell

Phase VThirty one high-level administrators from the Indian Forest Service (IFS) are visiting Syracuse as part of a two-week educational program that combines forestry and public policy skills. The Maxwell School of Syracuse University, the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore (IIMB), SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have partnered with the Indian Forest Service (IFS) to deliver multiple mid-career training programs for senior IFS officials. 

The IFS Phase V Mid-Career Training Program is targeted towards IFS officers with approximately 24-28 years of service who are currently serving as Chief Conservator of Forests and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests. The Environmental Policy program for the Indian Forest Service focuses on developing the officers’ understanding of the changing scene for environmental policy making and its implementation internationally and domestically – with a focus on developing leadership and management skills to help them implement these changes. The two weeks in the U.S. focus on sessions led by academics, practitioners and policy makers who share their experience of various policy processes and the success and failures of implementing these policies. After attending weeklong classes in Syracuse, the group travels to the Adirondacks to visit ESF’s Ranger School in Wanakena to study land-use policy. They then travel to the Catskills to see a managed forest and review the working arrangement of the NYC watershed before heading to Washington, D.C. to meet with their counterparts in the U.S. Forest Service. The program comes to a conclusion at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in Dehradun, India.