Need for Social Forestry

  • Unemployment among Rural poor
  • Villagers’ Dependency on forests for basic needs like fuel, fodder, timber, fruits etc.
  • Soil erosion, Wasteland development
  • Environment degradation
  • Low productivity of resources because of lack of awareness and proper training

Impact of Social Forestry

  • To raise the standard of living and quality of life of the rural and the urban people
  • Improve environment for protecting agriculture from adverse climatic factors
  • Increase the supply of wood fuel for domestic use, small timber for rural housing, fodder for livestock, and minor forest produce for local industries
  • Provide jobs for unskilled workers

Impact of Social Forestry

  • 50,000 wood cum fruit bearing plants per grampanchayat increase forest cover by 8.33%
  • 500 families get continuous employment for 5 years
  • 125 man-days generated everyday in that GP
  • Labor Expenditure of Rs. 0.655 Crores per year

Social Forestry Under MNREGA: Model