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Institutional Mechanism in the State:

Deptt. of Forest & Wildlife Preservation, Punjab

  • Implementation of Policies, Acts & Rules
  • Management of NTFPs
  • Scientific management of forest & wildlife & execution of management plans
  • Afforestation  measures & plantation drives through community involvement to increase green cover
  • Check poaching & encroachment
  • Promote agroforstery & silviculture in collaboration with agriculture deptt.
  • Punjab State Forest Development Corporation 
  • Management, utilization and marketing  of forest harvest

 Punjab State Heritage and Tourism Development Board

  • Promote eco-tourism in forest areas
  • Implementation of Punjab Ecotourism Policy, 2009

Punjab Bamboo & Fiber Development  Board

  • Implementation of National Bamboo Mission by increase in area, yield and marketing of bamboo, bamboo based handicrafts  and generate employment opportunities 

Deptt. of Soil & Water Conservation, Punjab

  • Implementation of erosion control measures especially in shivaliks & wetlands

Punjab State Council for Science & Technology

  • Coordination of wetland conservation & management activities
  • Awareness and capacity building activities
Key Forest Policies and Acts Governing Forests &  Wildlife:

  • The Punjab Land Preservation (Chos) Act, 1900,
  • The Indian Forest Act, 1927,
  • The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972,
  • Forest Conservation Act, 1980,
  • The National Forest Policy, 1988,
  • Participatory Forest Management Circular, 1990,
  • Punjab Apportionment of Tree Rules, 2000,
  • Joint Forest Management notification and guidelines, 2003, Govt. of Punjab,
  • The Indian Forest (Punjab Amendment) Act, 2004,
  • The Forest Rights Act, 2006 ,
  • Punjab Regulation of Saw Mills and Veneer Plywood Rules, 2006
  • The Draft Punjab Forest Policy, 2008,
  • Punjab Ecotourism Policy, 2009,
  • The Punjab Tented Accommodation Guidelines, 2010,
  • Wetland Conservation and Management Rules, 2010.
Major Initiatives:
  • Implementation of JICA sponsored afforestation project  covering 29221 ha during 2007-09
  • Integrated forest protection scheme for fire protection and other activities on regular basis
  • Management of 17833 hactare area by formation of 1224 Village Forest Protection and Management Committees under JFM
  • Creation of 14 ha of centralized nurseries and plantation of 133 ha forest area under Bamboo Mission
  • Launching of “Green Punjab Mission” in 2012 with target of planting 40 crore saplings across Punjab in eight years (2012-2020) to increase forest cover in the state from the present 7% to 15% at an annual cost of Rs 180 crore.
  • Plantation of major plant species in 70.35 sq.km area during 2011-12
  • Accelerated programme of restoration and regeneration of forest cover through 15 territorial forest divisions and 650 JFM committees.
  • Purchase    of land for Compensatory Afforestation on account of non availability of degraded land in the state
  • Identification of 50,000 ha institutional and 2.5 lac ha farm land for adopting suitable siliviculture and agroforestry practices.
  • Plantation along roads in Malwa region to extend tree cover in the state
  • Tree plantation drives through Nanhi Chhan initiative, religion supported campaigns,  National Green Corps and National Environment Awareness Campaign