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National Afforestation and Eco Development Board

In order to promote afforestation, tree planting ecological restoration and eco-development activities in the country. the National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board (External website that opens in a new window) (NAEB) was set up in August 1992 for promoting Special attention is also being given by the NAEB to the regeneration of degraded forest areas and lands adjoining forest areas, national parks, sanctuaries and other protected areas as well as the ecologically fragile areas like the Western Himalayas, Aravallis, Western Ghats etc.

  • Seven hundred forty three FDAs have been operationalised so far, since the launch of the FDA mechanism in 2000-01, at a cost of R. 1,920.69 crores to treat a total area of 12.31 lakh ha. (as on 19.11.2007). Bamboo Plantation, Medicinal Plants and bio fuel have been given adequate focus under NAP during the Tenth Plan period. Rehabilitation of shifting cultivation lands have been given specific focus under the programme, and so far 25 Jhum projects have been sanctioned in NE States and in Odisha. Rs.193.23 crore was released to FDA's during the year 2007-08 for implementation of National Afforestation Programme (NAP) (As on 19.11.2007).
  • Financial assistance to the tune of Rs.2.56 crores was released during the current financial year 2007-08 (upto 27.12.2007) to 58 implementing agencies out of which 56 are voluntary agencies for tree plantation and two State Forest Departments for setting up of High Tech Nursery.
  • Four Eco Task Force (ETP) Battalions are being supported under the Eco Development Forces (EDF) Scheme. These battalions are located at Pithoragarh, Samba, Bikaner, and Dehradun. Two new battalions have been approved in Assam.
  • All ETF Battalions have undertaken works like raising nursery, and plantation and protection measures to protect the plantation area. They have also constructed stone dam as also other soil and moisture conservation works. Besides, the battalions also take up maintenance of old plantations.
  • Under UN Convention to combat Desertification (UNCCD), a pilot project was taken up to finalize the indicators of desertification and also to evolve and standardize national level classification and methodology for desertification land Degradation Status Map (DSM) for the entire country has been prepared using Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) AWIFS images on 1;500.000 scale. This map is useful in planning for activities to reverse and arrest land degradation, and also for periodic monitoring.
  • India participated in the 5th Meeting of the Committee to Review Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) of UNCCD held at Buenos Aires, Argentina from 12-21 march 2007.
  • India participated in the 8th Meeting of Conference of Parties (COP) to UNCCD from 3-14 September, 2007 at Madrid, Spain. The CDP approved the Ten Year Strategic Plan (2008-2018 of UNCCD. The new Plan restructures the working of the Committee on Science & Technology (CST), the Committee for the Review of implementation of the Convention (CRIC) and the Global Mechanism in terms of priorities and reporting procedures.
  • India participated in the Regional Implementation mechanism meeting for Asia-Pacific region for Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) on 25-28 November, 2007 at Jakarta, Indonesia. A common strategy for Asia Pacific region relating to the progress on the thematic issues and challenges therein were deliberated in the meeting.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 11-02-2011