Odisha Forestry Sector Development Society organised its Annual Review Conference
Bhubaneswar:14/3:(Odian News,By Our Special Correspondent) The Odisha Forestry Sector Development Society(OFSDS) under Forest and Environment Department,Govt. of Odisha organized its Annual Review Conference Sameekshya 2018-19 on 14th March 2019 at Bhubaneswar. The conference was organised to review and evaluate the progress of project implementation plan of Ama Jangala Yojana and Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project, Phase-II in the financial year of 2018-19. The Sameekshya 2018-19 conference was graced by Dr. Sandeep Tripathi,IFS,PCCF and Head of Forest Force, Government of Odisha as the Chief Guest. Shri L.K.Tewari, Project Director, Odisha Forestry Sector Development Society, Dr. Sudarshan Panda, IFS, Additional PCCF-cum-Special Secretary, Forest and Environment Department, Government of Odisha, Dr. Meeta Biswal,IFS, Additional Project Director, OFSDS, Smt.Pusa Zhule Mekro, IFS, Additional Project Director of OFSDS also joined the conference.
Earlier a photo exhibition on the activities of Ama Jangala Yojana and Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project, Phase-II under OFSDS was inaugurated by the Chief Guest. The Self Help Groups of AJY, OFSDP-II and cluster SHGs of Partnership Ecosystem of OFSDP-I displayed their products in the exhibition. Successful Self Help Groups from Phulbani, Baliguda, Keonjhar, Jeypore Forest Divisions under AJY and Baripada, Sundergarh Forest Divisions participated in the product exhibition. In his opening address, Project Director, OFSDS Shri L.K.Tewari highlighted the mandate of the OFSDP-II project and impact of convergence in AJY project. He also shared that as per the mandate of the OFSDP – II, the project will ensure forest regeneration through strategic interventions planned both Joint Forest Management (JFM) and Non-JFM mode along with different pilot activities on sustainable forest management viz. CMRV and REDD+ and Satoyama. In his address as Chief Guest, Dr. Sandeep Tripathy, PCCF and HoFF of Forest and Environment Department deliberated that the sustainable livelihood support interventions cannot be undertaken without the sustainable bio-diversity management and forest management. He also reiterated that Odisha has set a standard in the country in regeneration of forest areas and this effort will be continued with the key interventions of OFSDP-II and AJY.
The best performing Vana Surakshya Samitis (VSSs) of AJY and OFSDP-II were recognised and felicitated in the Sameekshya Conference. The conference was also attended by senior officials of Forest and Environment Department and community stakeholders of AJY and OFSDP-II Forest Divisions.