Rs 1000 crore JICA-supported BANAYANA for sustainable forest, biodiversity launched


Bhubaneswar, Apr 28: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched
BANAYANA, the second phase of Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project
Phase-II with an ambitious target of achieving sustainable forest and
biodiversity management and ensuring improved livelihood for our people living
in forest fringes.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) supported
project is the first 3rd generation forestry sector project in India. It will
be implemented in 14 Forest and Wildlife Divisions covering 10 districts with Rs
1000.03 crore outlay for 10 years. While it will be carried forward
through 1,200 Vana Surakhya Samitis (VSSs), it will provide enhanced income
at the hands of thousands of people by promoting livelihood generation
activities of 3,600 Self Help Groups (SHGs).
“They will be vital part of all planning and decision making
processes. I am sure the project will complement our flagship programme Ama
Jungle Yojana that is being implemented in 24 Forest divisions with target to
cover 7,000 VSSs,” said Patnaik.
“Our people will be transformed from resource users to
resource managers. They will be empowered with best available technology and
practices to manage their forests properly and enhance their livelihood through
prudent use of forest wealth and resources. They will work for restoration of
forests and increase green cover in our state,” added the Chief Minister.

SATAYOMA initiative will be launched for biodiversity
management of Badarama Wildlife Sanctuary along with ecosystem-based management
and scientific monitoring at Bhitarkanika too.

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