Vision and Mission
To enable sustainable forest management in Assam through multi scale integrative planning involving participation of local population.
Statement of the Problem
In Assam, the forest area and forest cover are under anthropogenic stress. The dependence of the rural population on forests, besides poverty and unemployment amongst forest dependent communities lead to over exploitation of the forest resources. The Forest Department has been making concerted efforts to address these problems. However, major constraints in the process are inadequate institutional capacity, insufficient financial resources, mounting challenges of inadequate economic opportunities and incentives for people to engage in non forest activities.
Aims of the Project
With the support of Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the GOA has undertaken the APFBC with specific objective to restore forest ecosystems in collaboration with the forest dependent communities, to enhance their livelihoods and ensure conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. To achieve this, the project has activities centered around four main technical components and one component for project management.
APFBC is a five year duration project (2012-13 to 2016-17). The components and activities of the project will be implemented in a phased manner in specific areas in the first three years (pilot basis) with the scope to expand them to the entire state in the final two years.
Target Areas & Target Groups
The Project coverage spread will be in the entire state of Assam. The implementation sites will depend on the component and the activities therein.
- Target Area
- 16,500 hectare Restoration of Forest Area
- 20,000 hectare Fuel Wood Plantation
- Target Groups
- 200 Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs)
- 28 Eco Development Committees (EDCs)
Through these 228 community based organizations the project will benefit more than 20,000 household and forest personnel.