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The regional workshop on Forest for Poverty Reduction: Changing Role for Research, Development and Training Institutions held in Dehradun from 17 to 18 June 2003 was organized by the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Forestry Research Support Programme for Asia and the Pacific (FAO/FORSPA).

Key papers were invited from several eminent speakers from all over India for various themes related to poverty reduction. Representatives from national forestry agencies in a number of countries in the region also presented their countries' status reports. The workshop participants represented a mix of foresters, scientists, NGOs, bureaucrats, academicians and scholars, from countries in the Asia-Pacific region. We wish to thank all of them for their contributions during the workshop and also for the preparation of this proceedings.

We are also indebted to all our colleagues in ICFRE for their help, and thanks are due to all the support staff and our office team for their painstaking efforts. The unstinting support from Dr Y.P. Singh, Dr Mohit Gera, Dr Anita Srivastava and Smt. Neelu Gera specially acknowledged.

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