Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) has been
accomplished in 1,55,045 hectares and Block Plantation in 40,943 hectares while
the targets set were for 1,38,000 and 39,650 hectares respectively.
Coastal plantation is taken up in 2,920 hectares against the target of 2,810
hectares and mangroves grown in 2,769 hectares against the target of 2,160
Similarly, Farm Forestry is grown in 2,550 hectares and NTFP plantation in ANR
area is done over 629 hectares. Ecotourism destinations are developed in 7
locations against the project target of 5. Density of forest has also increased
over 18% in case of open and moderate forests.
The Project, implemented in the State with Japan International Cooperation
Agency (JICA) from 2006-07, was initially for seven years till 2012-13. Counting
on the progress and considering the necessity for consolidation, the project
that aims at restoration of degraded forests and improving livelihood opportunities
for the villagers through sustainable forest management in JFM (Joint Forest
Management) mode, has been extended up to 2014-15.
Of the total budgeted amount of Rs.802 Cr, with a loan component of around
Rs.589.77 Cr from JICA, the utilization so far has been Rs. 694.49 Cr. The
annual Plan for 2014-15 is approved for Rs.107 cr.
With regard to capacity building and livelihood promotion, there has been 100%
achievement in revitalizing the VSS and EDCs. Around 2426 such peoples’
committees have been empowered and made operational with livelihood activities.
In addition to this, around 7064 SHGs, against a target of 4850, have been
trained and engaged in income generating activities.
As this is the closing year of the project plan, a new Project proposal is
already sent to the Government of India to scale up these activities in the
Chief Secretary, after reviewing the programme performance, has directed to take
up satellite and remote sensing monitoring of the forest development activities
in the State while advising to prepare Forest Imagery of the State through GIS
applications. The CS also advised OSFDC to strengthen Jagganath Vana Prakalpa (JVP)
scheme to grow and protect the species necessary for the famous chariot
festival. As per a senior forest official, success in JVP has been nearly 75% so
The review meeting by the High Power Committee was
chaired by the Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra while Principal Secretary
Forest & Environment, Raj Kumar Sharma, outlined the issues for discussion and
Project Director OFSDS, Vinod Kumar, gave the presentation. Others present in
the meeting included Additional Chief Secretary U. N. Behera, Principal
Secretary Energy Pradeep Kumar Jena, Principal Secretary Agriculture Rajesh
Verma, Secretary Panchayati Raj D. K. Deoranjan Singh, Director Watershed
Development Sujata Kartikeyan and senior officials from concerned departments.