Odisha Forestry Sector Development Society
The Government of Odisha in the Forest and Environment Department is mandated to conserve the existing forests, to restore the degraded forests and to arrest the land degradation and also to enhance the capacity of the local people for higher income generation, thereby improving the livelihood for forest dwellers and other forest dependent communities. Simultaneously, it is necessary and appropriate to adopt an integrated scientific approach for improving the forest conservation and productivity. The need for sustainable forest management was felt consistent with the development policy of the State, particularly in the forestry sector and in accordance with the National Forest Policy. Also there is an urgent need for improving the living condition of the people, mostly tribals residing in and around forest by providing them livelihood support consistent with conservation of forest and its sustainable management. Considering all these priorities, the project namely, Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OFSDP) was formulated in the year 2005-06. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), formerly known as Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) came up in supporting the Government of Odisha in Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OFSDP) with a view to enabling the Odisha Forest Department to achieve the project outputs of the restoration of degraded forests and improving the income level of the villagers by promoting sustainable forest management through Joint Forest Management, plantation and community/ tribal development, thereby improving ecology and alleviating poverty
With the total estimated cost of ₹659.79 Crores (estimated Japanese Million Yen 16,429), the Project covered the forest areas including Protected Areas of
- Territorial Forest Divisions 11 nos. i.e., Rourkela, Bonai, Deogarh, Kheonjhar, Angul, Phulbani, Balliguda, Paralakhemundi, Rayagada, Koraput and Jeypore Divisions.
- Wildlife division, i.e., Satkosia (Wildlife) Division for Biodiversity Conservation; and
- Wildlife divisions 2 nos. i.e., Balasore and Bhadrak Wildlife Divisions for Coastal Plantations.