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Government of Tripura
Tripura Forest Department
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About Us
                Tripura Forest Department is entrusted with task of managing of Forest & Wildlife Resources of the state of Tripura. The moto of the Department is the “ecological stability for socio-economic security of the people of the state”. For achieving the moto the sphere of activities encompasses planning, promotion, co-ordination & implementation of the Forest Policies & Programmes in consonance with the policy guidance of the Ministry of Forests, Environment & Climate Change, Govt. of India.
The main objectives of the Department are:
                1. Prevention of degradation of forests resources & improving their quality.
                2. Restoration of degraded forest land.
                3. Maintaining ecological restoration.
                4. Creation of livelihood opportunities through sustainable use of forests, wildlife & biodiversity resources.
                These objectives are well supported by a set of legislative & regulatory measures aimed at the sustainable use of these resources for the benefit of the people of the state to achieve the overall environmental consensus of the country. Besides the legislative measures the National Forest Policy 1988, the State Afforestation Policy etc. guide the activities of the Department. The state of Tripura, with a geographical area of 10491 km2 is predominantly hilly (60%) & is surrounded on three sides by a deltaic basin of Bangladesh. The state is situated between 22o57’ & 24o32’N and 91o10’ & 92o20’E with tropic of cancer passing through it. The State is situated in the south-western extremity of North-East region of the country. It shares border (1001 km in perimeter) with Bangladesh, Assam and Mizoram. International border with Bangladesh is 856 km. The international border is mostly fenced except about an odd 100 km. The forests in the state are mainly tropical evergreen, semi evergreen, and moist deciduous. Sizeable area is covered with bamboo brakes which virtually form a “Sub climax” resulting from shifting cultivation from time immemorial. The recorded forest area is 6292.681Km2 .This is 59.98% of the total geographical area of the state. The state has taken special initiative in involvement of people in management of forests in territorial Divisions and Wildlife Sanctuaries through formation of joint forest management Committees (JFMCs) and eco development committees (EDCs) respectively. For better management of forest and wildlife resources since 1st April 2015 the state is divided into 8 Forest Districts which are co-terminus with the civil districts. Each District is sub divided into Sub-Divisional Forest Offices. There are 17 forest subdivisions in toto .The Forest subdivisions are further sub divided into Ranges and Ranges into Beats. Beat is the lowest administrative unit of forest administration headed by a Forester. The Dept has taken special efforts through it’s GIS Cell to geo-refer the forest areas for better management planning and accountability. The state got the opportunity to implement two externally aided projects since 2007-08. One was funded by Government of Japan through Japan International Co-operation Agency( JICA) as a soft loan. The other was a grant from Federal Republic of Germany through KFW. The project periods will be over by 2016-17. The Department is striving hard through implementing the schemes of the state, central Government, externally aided projects and enforcement measures with a fine balance taking people into confidence for achieving it’s moto.

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