Vision Mission & Objectives

Vision Statement of Forest Department

Ever Improving and sustained flow of goods and services to the entire population with maximum livelihood opportunities consistent with conservation and
enhancement of ecology and environment of the State.

Mission Statement of Forest Department

Enhancement of the Social Face of Forestry in Tripura through increase in Economic Welfare of the populace of the State.
Enhancement and Improvement in Forest Crop composition by promoting mixed, specially indigenous, species and changes in silviculture priority for meeting ecological, socio-economic and industrial needs.
Strengthening of participatory and Community Forest Resource Management.
E-governance for transparency and speedy implementation of Policies, Schemes, and Projects
The motto of the Forest Department is “Ecological Stability for Socio-Economic Security of the People of the State”.  Activities of the department aim at managing renewable natural resources of the State for sustained flow of goods and benefits (tangible and intangible) to the dependent communities and the society as a whole.

The main objectives are:

Prevention of degradation of resources and improving their quality.
Restoration of degraded forest land.
Maintaining ecological balance and ecological restoration
Creation of livelihood opportunities through sustainable use of resources.
Other topical issues like climate change and generation of synergy with other organs of the Govt are also being addressed.

The strategies adopted are:

Quantitative and qualitative appraisal of forestry and biodiversity resources in the State for informed planning, execution and monitoring.
Improving the natural resource base of the State and conservation of biodiversity for “Livelihood Support” and “Sustainable Economic Security” and prevention and mitigation of climate change effects.
Ecological recovery/restoration through protection of ecosystems and strengthening of Infrastructure.
Capacity building, Technological Interventions, Human Resource Development, Research and Development, Awareness and Education.
The following Programmes have been designed to achieve the objectives:
Programme I:Natural Resource Appraisal and Inventorization.
Programme II:Consolidation and qualitative improvement of Resources.
Programme III:Capacity Building for Goal Realization.
ProgrammeIV:People’s intervention in Policy making, Programme Implementation and Sustainable Utilization of Resources.
The approach includes involvement of active participation of forest dwelling and fringe communities in implementation of the programmes.  Special features of the work programmes are:
Synergy with other departments to achieve holistic development by convergence of funds and efforts.
Creation of bamboo and medicinal plantations over plots on which forest rights have been recognized under “The Schedule Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006”. These plantations shall become a source of   income generation to beneficiary.
Preventive and mitigation measure to counter threats of climate change as follow:- 
 Preventive measures
Taking up enrichment planting to increase density of forests for improved carbon sequestration.
Large scale bamboo plantation for quicker carbon sequestration
Control of shifting cultivation through regrouped village together with income generation measures to avoid carbon leakage.
Introduction of energy saving devices like improved chulhas(stoves) and efficient cookers.
Mass awareness generation through eco-parks urging people to reduce energy consumption and take other environmental-friendly steps.       
Mitigation measures
Creation of large number of check dams to control floods and for soil and water conservation.
Large scale riverbank plantation for control of erosion and flood mitigation This will be done in consultation with PWD (Water Resource ) Department
Creation of high-tech nurseries on a large scale to support massive afforestation/ reforestation drive. This will be supplemented with creation of large scale decentralized people’s nurseries.
Provision for  enough timber depots for proper storage of timber
Creation of the  Wetland Authority of Tripura for conservation of wetland and associated biodiversity

Achievements and further targets are given below

Activity with targets set in 2006 
(within brackets) in ha.
Achievements 
2006-07
to
2009-10 (ha)
Target for
2010-11 to 2012-13
(ha)
 
Total (ha)
Enrichment of degraded forests(22900) 40951.92 39048.00 80000
Development of bamboo resources(13300) 19058.62 21000.00 40058.62
Creation of water areas (---) 842.48 1157.52 2000.00
Creation of medicinal plantations (---) 1373.33 626.67 2000.00
Creation of Jatropha and mucana plantations(--) 3907.57 92.50 4000.00
Creation of river bank plantations(---) 141.24 (257 Km) 358.76 (658 Km) 500.00 (915 Km)

 Other achievements during this period are
Formation of State Biodiversity board and formulation of rules
Policies on bio-fuel, medicinal plants, media, depot management in place
Formation of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
Rationalization of timber prices
       Launching of Forest Department Website
       List of all created/ existing check dams compiled with GPS readings
       Sawmill rules modified to exclude timber/furniture shops
       Compulsory training for IFS officer started from 2006. This is very highly rated,