Forest Restoration

Celebration of Vana Mahosthav.

Forest Restoration

School student's hand on plantation.

Forest Restoration

Tribal women carring seedling for plantation.


A joint approch to improve livelihood.

Income Generating Activities

Providing an alternative livelihood.

The Society

Constituted as an autonomous organization under Forest & Environment Department, Govt. of Odisha (registration no 022321/49/2006-07) for implementing forestry projects through the field establishement of forest department in the state.


Improving environment through forest restoration and minimizing the poverty level by improving the income level of local villagers through promotion of sustainable forest management and varrious community development practices.


Sustainable forest management to improve the forest cover and improvement of the livelihood,and empowerment of the local communities through capacity building to promote incursive Joint Forest Management.

Project Director's Desk

img1 The tradition of conserving forest through informal village level institutions and social pressures exists in many villages of the state. What have been missing are the management skills and capacity as well as financial resources at the community level for better management of the forest and to adopt alternate livelihood, which could reduce pressure on the forest. Orissa Forestry Sector Development Society (OFSDS) has been constituted by Government of Odisha, for implementation of various forestry projects in the state. OFSDS successfully implemented Phase-I JICA assisted Orissa Forestry Sector Development Project. The goal of the OFSDP-I was to address the issue of deforestation and degradation, but the focus was equally on improving the livelihood of forest dependent communities. Taking a cue from the OFSDP, Phase-I , AJY scheme is envisaged, to be implemented in 30 Forest Divisions by strengthening of the community based initiative for protection of the forest and creation of alternate livelihood opportunities to reduce pressure on forest. This flagship scheme is going to be implemented by OFSDS in 30 Forest Divisions , over a period of 7 years i.e. from 2016-17 to 2021-22 and 2,65,000 ha. degraded forest would be treated under the scheme in JFM mode.



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