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Appendix 1. Outline of a four-week training course in community forestry and extension at the commonwealth forestry institute Oxford


The course is designed on the lines of a workshop, with the aims that the participants understand and apply the biological, social, and economic principles for the design and operation of social forestry activities, with special reference to the Gujarat Social Forestry Project.

Course Details/Syllabus

The teaching methods will include lectures, seminar, practical exercises, and group discussions, The course is organized on the basis of four sessions of approximately 11/2 hours per day and includes time for private study. Each course will be specifically designed for the expected participants, and the first two courses at least will be held at Oxford; in future a field visit may be appropriate. However, for the first groups of participants from Gujarat it is not expected that field exposure will be needed; more important is detailed coverage with notes and practical exercises for future reference.

Week 1: The Background   Week 2: Targets and Project Design  
  Hours   Hours
Arrival and registration. Introduction to course
2 The place of training and extension work 1
Survey and land use planning 2
Outline of the environment and its climate, soil,   Estimation of rural requirements for forest  
water relations, and biotic factors 10 produce-questionnaires and surveys 3
Human population trends 1 Cost and benefit estimation and identification  
Livestock versus trees 1 of beneficiaries 2
Land tenure 1 Private study 5
Institutional constraints and requirements 2 Flexibility in approaches to solution of  
Private study 3
problems identified; multicropping,  
agro-forestry, and silvopastures 1
Sociological studies and receptivity of rural
people to schemes involving trees
Soil and water conservation


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