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Background

West Bengal (area 88,752 sq km) is the only Indian state to have a Coast line as well as the Himalayas and is situated between 21o20’ and 27o32’N latitude and 85o50’ 89o52’E longitude. The state of West Bengal has a recorded forest area of 11,879 sq km. The forest areas are classified into three categories – i) Reserved Forest with an area of 7054 ha. (ii) Protected Forests with an area of 3772 sq km & (iii) Unclassed State Forest with an area of 1053 sq. km. The forest cover includes both notified forest area and afforestation created outside forest and is 21.35% of the geographical area of the state. In order to meet the demand of forest produce and to increase the forest and tree cover, besides laying efforts for afforestation works through social forestry, farm forestry, agro forestry, community forestry, afforestation on wasteland, panchayat land, Compensatory Afforestation through West Bengal CAMPA is one of the important component.

The Functions of West Bengal State CAMPA

The Functions of West Bengal State Campa shall include, inter alia.

  • Funding, overseeing and promoting compensatory afforestation done in lieu of diversion of forest land for non-forestry use under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

  • Overseeing forest and wildlife conservation and protection works within forest areas undertaken and financed under the programme.

  • Maintaining a separate account in respect of the funds received from conservation and protection of Protected Areas.

  • Creating transparency for the programme and mobilizing citizen support; and.

  • Earmarking up to two percent of the funds for monitoring and evaluation.

Th West Bengal State Campa shall be the custodian of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund.

In pursuance to the guidelines on West Bengal State Campa issued by MoEF, GOI dated 02nd July, 2009 and subsequent letter No. 5-1/2009-FC dt. 21.07.2009 from the Director General of Forests and Special Secretary, MoEF, GOI, West Bengal State Campa has been formed.

The West Bengal State CAMPA comprises of three committees-

  • Governing Body.

  • Steering Committee.

  • Executive Committee.

Chairman of Governing Body

Name: Mamata Banerjee

Hon'ble Chief Minister, Govt. of West Bengal.

Member Secretary of Governing Body

Name: Mr. Indevar Pandey, IAS

Additional Chief Secretary. Dept. of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal.

Chairman of Steering Committee

Name: Mr. Malay Kumar De, IAS

Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal.

Member Secretary of Steering Committee

Name: Mr. Niraj Singhal, IFS

Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests / CAMPA & Nodal Officer, Forest Conservation Act., West Bengal

Chairman of Executive Committee

Name: Mr. N.K. Pandey, IFS

PCCF & HoFF, Dept. of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal.

Member Secretary of Executive Committee

Name: Mr. Niraj Singhal, IFS

Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests / CAMPA & Nodal Officer, Forest Conservation Act., West Bengal

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