Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project
Bhubaneswar, 31/12/13Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project is being implemented by the Odisha Forestry Sector Development Society with the assistance from JICA-Japan International Cooperation Agency (formerly JBIC- Japan bank f International Cooperation). The project aims at restoration of degraded forests and improving the income level of villagers by promoting sustainable forest management including JFM plantation and community/ tribal development, thereby improving environment and alleviating poverty. Initially this project was of seven years i.e. from 2006-07 to 2012-13, but now extended up to 2014-15 with an estimated initial cost of Rs. 660 Crores. Up to now the Project has roped in 2370 VSSs for execution of major interventions in JFM mode in 11 Forest Divisions, and 52 EDCs in 3 Wild Life Divisions. Total intervention under this component, up to January, 2013, under JFM mode is 1,95,988 ha. comprising 1,55,045 ha of ANR, and 40943 ha. of Block Plantations ( 8308.5 ha. of Economic, 8781 ha. of Fuel & Fodder, 2536 ha. of Bamboo, and 21,317.5 ha. of NTFP). Similarly, AR Teak Plantations has been raised over 12,932 ha. departmentally under Non-JFM Coastal plantation is being carried out in Bhadrak and Balasore Wildlife Divisions. Total achievement under the Coastal Plantation Component is 2769 ha. of Mangrove under JFM mode and 141 ha. of Casuarina under Non-JFM mode. This component is implemented in the Protected Areas under the project division. Eco-cottages have been established in Chhotkei in Satkosia WL Division. A ‘day visit center’ has been developed at Goindi in Satkoshia WL Division for reducing the pressure from the core area. Both these facilities are managed by the local communities. Solar fences around the villages have been erected under EPA to reduce man-animal conflict. An action plan for Eco-tourism destination development around mangroves has been prepared for Bichitrapur in Balasore Wildlife Division, and to start with the day visit center at Khadibil has been developed. Similarly Eco- tourism destination development for day visit at Gandahati in Parlakhemundi Division and Mandasaru in Phulbani Division has been initiated. A proposal prepared for declaring Kuldiha- Hadgarh-Similipal Elephant Corridor as a ‘Conservation Reserve’ is under process. Similarly, a proposal for declaring Mandargiri area in Angul as ‘Bio-diversity Heritage site’ has been prepared and submitted to the state Biodiversity Board for consideration. A draft Eco-tourism Policy for the State has also been done.