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This Special Edition of the Indian Journal of Ecology is the result of an International Symposium held in February this year 2011 in Ludhiana, Punjab/Northern India on the premises of the Punjab Agricultural University.

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The Punjab Agricultural University is a project partner in the Benwood project, Dr. Sanjeev Chauhan is Country Manager for India and member of the journal´s Editorial Board.

Participants in the event were top scientists on short rotation forestry and agroforestry mainly from India, but as well from other parts of the world like Europe, the Pacific region and Africa and others.

It is noteworthy the special issue of the Indian journal contains as well contributions

from Germany

  1. An article from the German Benwood project partner, the University of Göttingen:
  2. Conservation Chipper Harvester for the Production of Quality Wood Chips from Agroforestry, SRC and Open Land Vegetation by Jens-Karl Wegener, Sebastian Glaeser, Marco Lange and Tim Wegener
  3. Evidence for Nitrogen Fixation in the Salicaceae Family, Georg von Wuehlisch
  4. Improving Growth Performance and Drought Tolerance of Robinia pseudoacacia L. - Analysis of Seedlings of 95 European Progenies, Thomas Guse, Volker Schneck, Mirko Liesebach and Georg von Wuehlisch
from Croatia: Selection and Breeding of Willows (Salix spp.) for Short Rotation Forestry, Davorin Kajba and Ida Ida Kati`eiæ

Please read here the foreword (also contained in the pdf) from the General Secretary of the Indian Ecological Society, Dr A.K. Dhawan:

Dr A.K. Dhawan, General Secretary, Indian Ecological Society:
India is blessed with almost all types of resources but the nation today faces a near crisis situation, both economic as
well as environmental. This is particularly the outcome of overuse and abuse of the various natural resources under the
inflating population pressure. The degradation is visible in all the renewable and non-renewable resources yet the forest
wealth in particular has met the colossal depletion. Despite framing the national policies and enacting new acts in post
independence period, it has not been possible to conserve and enhance the forest cover. Our forest wealth has witnessed
colossal depletion and a significant portion of the total land area (approximately 50 on one hand is faced with shortage of forest based products in rural area (timber, fuel, fodder, fibre etc.) and urban/
industrial sector (wood and wood products), and on the other hand drought, floods, soil erosion, air/water pollution, etc.
have attained frightening dimensions. Moreover, the forests of the country are neither uniformly stocked nor equitably
distributed. The productivity as well as the growing stock position is also not encouraging. To meet the challenges of
extending area under plantations, we have to save and improve the existing forest species as well as raise large scale
plantations on the depleted forest/ private/ community lands by using preferably indigenous/ exotic multipurpose fast
growing species. Tree plantations are the answer to many global problems and plantations can achieve many of the
things that people expect of them. They reduce deforestation, restore degraded land, fight climate change, improve
livelihood, create employment, etc. Therefore, the plantations are mixture of opportunities.

We are pleased to collaborate with the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Punjab Agricultural University,
in organizing an International Symposium on ˆaœShort Rotation Forestry (SRF): Synergies for Wood Production and
Environmental Ameliorationˆ a, during February 10-12, 2011 to celebrate International year of Forests at Punjab Agricultural
University, Ludhiana (India).

The financial and technical support of the European Commission under BENWOOD project,
IUFRO and ICFRE was key to the success of the symposium. I know, the national as well as international delegates
addressed diverse issues related to the short rotation forestry to further the cause of plantations in terms of area and
productivity.

The symposium provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share their experiences and vision on SRF to
meet the increasing demand for wood and address the cause of environment.

I am sure that this voluminous special issue of the Indian Journal of Ecology on Short Rotation Forestry with varied
related issues will be useful for the readers in pursuing the practical cause of SRF. Editors have made appreciable efforts
in bringing out the proceedings of the IUFRO Symposium on Short Rotation Forestry: Synergies for Wood Production and
Environmental Amelioration in the present format and I am sure this issue will become an important resource for the
readers on SRF. The views expressed in the publication are those of the author (s) and Indian Ecological Society acknowledge
their support and cooperation.