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
“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
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
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