Bhubaneswar, Jan 12: Use drone technology to study forest cover mapping before and after plantation; after one year and subsequent years, Odisha Chief Secretary P K Jena advised the forest department officials on Thursday.
Chairing the State Level Steering Committee meeting of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management & Planning Authority (CAMPA) Jena advised that during and after 10 years of plantation management, how much groundwater recharge achieved and soil erosion prevented has to be assessed.
He also instructed that there is need for plantation to support livelihood of the area concerned and it should be done with planned design.
Annual plan of operation (APO) - 2024-25 was presented for approval in the meeting with a proposed budget of Rs 1044.47 crore.
Proposed area for compensatory afforestation in APO 2024-25 is 7174.203 hectare. New plantation under Artificial Regeneration (AR) will be 17197 hectare and under Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) will be of 1675.5 hectare