The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests (IYF 2011) through a resolution passed on December 20, 2006. It is a global platform to celebrate people’s action to sustainably manage the forests of the world.Indian Astrobiology Research Centre (IARC) is associated with the IYF program since January 04, 2011. IARC is offering the IYF 2011 Certification Program for Schools & Students in India and A Special Edition Short Term Course; it is listed on the United Nations Calendar. IYF 2011 Certification Program is available from September to December 2011.
Only students of the Special Edition Course are eligible to participate in IYF 2011 Essay Competition.
Special Edition Course Registration is open till December 31, 2011 > forests.astrobiology.co.in
Essay Competition Topics:
Maximum 1000 words. English only. Submission by email only.
Ideas for World Forest conservation and Sustainable Development
Impact of Climate Change on the Future of India
Benefits and Cash Prizes
Best 3 essays will compete for cash prizes worth Rs. 20,000 and will be published in the souvenir book.
Best 20 essays will get certificates with official UN logos.
Citing of References:
Well-referenced essays to be submitted by January 31, 2012. Note, each essay will be subjected to
plagiarism check. Please cite references adequately > format included in Special Edition Course CD.
Example: Scientists believe that climate change will have a significant negative impact on economies .
The governments around the world are only now waking up to the reality of climate change. The possibility
that we can predict Climate Change disasters like the melting of Greenland ice  is helping policymakers.
 IPCC, Summary for Policymakers, in Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability, p. 17
 University of Exeter. “Climate change disasters can be predicted, study suggests.” ScienceDaily, 19 Jun. 2011. Web. 02 Oct. 2011.