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Geomatics Centre to Integrate Forest Management with Geographic Inputs

In what could be a major step towards integrating geographic information system (GIS) with forest management, the State Government has come up with the Forest Geomatics Centre under the Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OSFDC).

Published: 04th May 2014 11:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th May 2014 11:14 AM   |  A+A-

In what could be a major step towards integrating geographic information system (GIS) with forest management, the State Government has come up with the Forest Geomatics Centre under the Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OSFDC).

The centre, which would bring together GIS and management information system, was unveiled by Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra at the project management unit of OSFDC here. Mohapatra said, the geomatics centre will help improve implementation and monitoring of programmes for the Forest and Environment Department.

As part of the OFSDP, degraded forests in 14 divisions are being restored and livelihoods of forest-dependent population is improved. Under the project, plantation, natural regeneration, siliviculture operations for forest restoration in Joint Forest Management (JFM) and non-JFM mode are being taken up along with soil moisture conservation activities.

With the use of GIS tools, the spatial planning and monitoring of all the activities of the OSFDC will become more effective and help scientific evaluation of physical progress as well as their impact. It will also help real-time decision making and enable both field level staff as well as administrative officials access and interact with information easily.

The centre is now involved in carrying forest cover classification using satellite imagery. Besides, it is also processing forest data and information by utilising different forest and non-forest map. Web-based GIS applications are being developed for forest management.

Similarly, mobile applications are also being integrated into the existing framework for ease of access. The OSFDC plans to use the centre for working plan preparation, JFM activities, forest produce and infrastructure management, forest offence monitoring as well as monitoring of diverted forest areas.

Management and monitoring of forest rights, sacred groves, man-animal conflict zones, protected areas will also be handy with the tools developed by the centre, a senior officer said.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests JD Sharma, Project Director OFSDP Vinod Kumar, CCF KR Singh, Chief Executive of OBDA HS Upadhyaya and Addl PD of OFSDP LK Tewari were also present at the inauguration.



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