Kerala Forest research Institute (KFRI) is a multidisciplinary team of experts conducting research on tropical forests. Founded in 1975, KFRI functioned as an autonomous institution for 27 years before it became part of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment in 2002. During its formative years, KFRI had been focusing on research towards enhancing forest productivity. The global change in paradigm from production forestry to conservation forestry made concurrent shift in the research focus at KFRI during which floral and faunal studies in protected forests were undertaken and conservation guidelines evolved. Currently, KFRI pioneers research on economic valuation of ecosystem services, human-wildlife conflict, Alien Invasive species, impact of natural disasters and similar contemporary issues in forestry aligned to the Millennium development goals (MDG’s) of U.N. Locales of research by KFRI has expanded to most states of India and neighbouring SAARC countries like Nepal, Myanmar and Maldives. Read More >>