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Odisha: OFSDP achieved beyond target  

Posted on 21 Jun 2014

Last updated 28 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0530

  Odisha, OFSDP, Forest conservation
Odisha Forest Sector Development Project (OFSDP) 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.

HNF Correspondent

 

The achievements of Odisha Forest Sector Development Project (OFSDP), implemented through Odisha Forestry Sector Development Society, have gone beyond the target in many key aspects, claims Odisha government.

Available data shows that 2370 VSS (Van Samrakshan Samiti), local groups engaged in protection of forest, have been roped in for execution of major interventions in JFM mode across 11 Forest Divisions and 56 EDCs (Eco Development Committee) in 3 Wild Life Divisions.

As per the release issued by the government, a total of 2,10,405 hectares of degraded forests in 11 divisions have been restored against the target, till 2012-14, of 1,96,650 hectares.

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 hectares.

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 entire State.

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 far.

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.

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