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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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