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Japan-assisted forestry development project gets underway in Odisha

In an attempt to involve the people living in the vicinity of forest for sustainable management of bio-diversity, Odisha government has launched the second phase of forestry development project with assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The objective of the project- Banayana – is to restore degraded forests and improve the livelihood of communities living at the adjacent villages.

“Considering the unique biological diversity of Odisha, I am glad to know that the ecosystem-based management programme will be introduced under this plan”, said Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik at the unveiling of ceremony of the programme yesterday 27 April ‘17.

The first phase of the project had got underway in the state in 2006. It envisages sustainable management of forest and bio-diversity along with adoption of best available technology and practices.

The most important aspect of this project will be active community engagement to transform them from resource users to resource managers.

The goal was restoration of degraded forest and improvement in livelihood of communities living in the forest fringe villages. With the lessons learnt from the successful implementation of OFSDP, the Government of Odisha launched a flagship programme AMA JUNGLE YOJANA to keep the momentum.

It is being successfully implemented in 24 forest divisions with a target to cover seven thousand Vana Surakhya Samities.

This new project BANAYANA would be implemented in 14 Forest & Wildlife Divisions of the State, covering 10 Districts, with the active participation of twelve hundred VS Ss with an outlay of rupees one thousand crore for a period of 10 years.

The project would bring in a paradigm shift in forest management by acknowledging crucial role of women in sustainable management of forest. As many as thirty-six hundred women Self Help Groups would be supported under this project to facilitate them to pursue viable income generation activities.

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