In the India State Forest Reports of 2019, Odisha has been projected as a ‘Lead State’ of afforestation and forest management. Through various parameters of afforestation and forest management, Odisha has been selected through application technology.
Odisha’s initiative for DGPS survey of the forest land of 30,991 Kilometres with new techniques has demonstrated to be useful in monitoring the forest area and wildlife including the preservation of various assets. As per the report the state-level Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra.
Chief Secretary governed to enhance the green coverage on hills through plantation and rehabilitation activities in the coming year. Even to create digital data of all the forest department was directed which will be put to robust the system for the ground-level monitoring and public disclosure.
Sandeep Tripathy Principal Chief Conservator of Forests stated that the forest area of Odisha has increased by 274 sq km between 2017 and 2019. Even the tree cover area has grown by 655 sq km and Odisha is placed at the 6th position at the National Level in Forest Management.
In the meeting, an outlay of 903.39 crores was approved of the Annual Action Plan of 2021-22, and to take up plantation in 40,494 hectares (ha) and bamboo culture in 75000 ha was targeted.
Uma Nanduri, CEO of CAMPA stated that 56,958.73 ha of forest area have been diverted for public and developmental purposes and afforestation has been done in 67,828 ha.
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