Message from CEO & PD Desk

Name: 
Dr. A. M. Kanfade, IFS

The project for sustainable catchment and Forest Management (SCATFORM) in Tripura, launched in 2019 is one of the groundbreaking initiatives that aims at holistic development of the natural resources and the people who are dependent on these resources. By improving the quality of forest in the catchment areas of the major rivers of the state, it focuses on forest management in a sustainable and inclusive way. The various activities and initiatives undertaken in this project give impetus to conservation of soil and moisture, a forestation directly contributing to developing the ecosystem services and also improving the livelihoods of the communities dependent on these resources. Funded under the Japanese loan assistance made available through Government of India, this project spans over a period of 10 years being implemented by Tripura Forest Department with a total outlay of INR 1000crores. It is said to be one of the largest projects in natural resource sector in the country, this project is implemented in 7 districts namely North Tripura , Unakoti , Khowai, West Tripura, Sepahijala, Gomati and South Tripura. From Dhalai district only Gomati Wildlife Sanctuary is included in the project. The driving force behind implementation of this project is to check the regular soil erosion and subsequent sedimentation that is negatively impacting the livelihood of local communities. The improvement in forest resources through catchment-based approach has therefore been undertaken in this project. The various activities proposed under this project therefore aims at catchment and forest management through soil and moisture conservation (SMC), forest regeneration and linking these to livelihood activities to bring proseperity to the state and its residents. Under this project, forest regeneration will be carried out in 52,700 hectares of forest land in identified 148 beats, directly benefiting 523 gram panchayats. The SMC works will include creation of 1447 check dams,1269 gully control structures and staggered contour trenches over 1125 hectares to increase the moisture retention capacity of catchment forests and reduce runoff speed. These water harvesting structures will be also used for development of aquaculture. Support will also be provided to 7,760 forest land patta holders to raise three tier agro forestry plantations, cluster development and NTFP based value addition activities. NTFP Centre of excellence will support the community organizations and drive both the forward and backward linkages required for organized collection, value addition, promotion, and marketing of various products. The activities in the Gomati Wildlife Sanctuary will focus on habitat improvement through plantation of fruit trees, eradication of invasive alien species/weeds, creation of fire line, pillaring, earthen check dams etc. The project will result in many firsts, where socio-economic development and natural resource management will go hand in hand with each other. Technological innovation and traditional knowledge will work together to bring equity, inclusiveness, self-reliance, and sustainability on a continuous basis. The project will worked as a society named "Tripura SCATFORM Society" with a Governing body and Executive Committee to the run functions of the project. Thanks are due to Japan International cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of India especially Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate change for their constant support and guidance. We are highly motivated and inspired by the vision of our Hon'ble Chief Minister and Hon'ble Forest Minister to build a sustainable and green economy in Tripura and JICA SCATFORM Project is a necessary step in this direction. We would connect with all the stakeholders and public by large through our newly launched website and hope this website will be very useful in building the network of all the project participants.

Name: 
Dr. A. M. Kanfade, IFS
Designation: 
Chief Executive Officer & Project Director, Tripura JICA Project (SCATFORM)