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The project will be implemented by 33 territorial forest divisions, 7 wild life divisions, 13 social forestry divisions (phase wise / activity wise) with involvement of the existing set up of the forest department through components given below:

The Governing Body

The Governing Body (GB) meets twice in a financial year i.e. November or December and June or July

Sr. No. Government Designation Designation in the GB
01 Chief Secretary, Government of Assam (GOA) Chairperson
02 Principal Secretary Environment and Forests Department, Govt.of Assam Vice Chairperson
03 Principal Secretary, Finance Department GOA Member
04 Principal Secretary, Planning and Development Department GOA Member
05 Principal Chief Conservator(PCCF) of Forests and Head of Forest Force (HoFF) GOA Member
06 Principal Secretary Panchayat and Rural Development Department GOA Member
07 Principal Secretary Welfare of Plain Tribal and Backward Community Department GOA Member
08 Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department GOA Member
09 Chief Wildlife Warden, Assam GOA Member
10 Representative of the Govt. of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests Invitee
11 Representative of Field Implementation Unit (FIU) nominated by the PCCF HoFF. Invitee
12 Representative of FIU nominated by the PCCF & HoFF Invitee
13 Observers - Representative of the Lender - French Development Agency and Chief Technical Advisor, Consultants (viz. Monitoring and Evaluation, Contract Supervision) to be invited by the Chairman of the Society Observers, Invitees
14 Project Director, Project Management Unit (PMU) Member Secretary


The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) meets quarterly in a financial year.

Sr. No. Official Designation Designation in the EC
01 Principal Secretary, Environment and Forest Department Chairperson
02 Principal Secretary Planning and Development Department Vice Chairperson
03 Commissioner and Secretary, Finance Department Member
04 Secretary Panchayat and Rural Development Member
05 Secretary Welfare of Plain Tribal and Backward Community Department Member
06 Secretary Agriculture Department Member
07 Non Official * member of implementing agencies Non Govt. Organizations (NGOs) Invitee
08 Non Official * member of implementing agency Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs) Invitee
09 Non Official * member of implementing agencies – Eco Development Committees (EDCs) Invitee
10 Non official * member of implementing agencies Self Help Groups (SHG) Invitee
11 Project Director, Project Management Unit (PMU) Member Secretary

* The Non officials members as may be decided by the Chairman in consultation with the PCCF and HoFF representing implementing agencies such as (1) NGO, (2) JFMC (3) EDC and (4) SHG

Operating Systems

The Forest Department in consultation with AFD evolved operating manuals / systems for the smooth, efficient and effective implementation of the project. These are as below:

  • Project Operational Manual
  • Procurement Procedure Manual
  • Financial Management Manual
  • JFMC and EDC Management Manual
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Manual


The Project has provision for training, capacity building of users of above manuals for the personnel involved in policy making, execution, supervision and quality control of the project activities.


  • March 2009:    Presentation of project proposal concept by Forest Department Assam during French Development Agency (AFD) and Department of External Aid(DEA) Govt. of India consultation meeting
  • June 2009:    State Govt. consent to visit of AFD Mission
  • Oct. 2009:    Concept Note redrafted jointly
  • Dec. 2009:    Concept note forwarded to Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) by GoA
  • Dec 2009-Jan.2010:    Feasibility Study by AFD through the Team of Experts
  • September 2010:    AFD Appraisal Mission in Assam
  • December 2010:    Assam State Govt. consent to project proposal and project budget including loan component
  • January 2011:    Negotiation of the Credit Facility Agreement, Project Agreement
  • June 2011:    State Govt.’s consent to final draft of Credit Facility Agreement and Project Agreement
  • Feb 2012:    Credit Facility Agreement signed between DEA & AFD
  • June 2012:    PA signed between GoA & AFD
  • June 2012:    Registration of APFBC society


Research and Development

Project proposes to support research on the following topics concerning forest area in State of Assam

  • Agro Forestry / forestry best management practices
  • Increased livelihood vulnerability to climate change
  • Synergies between economic development and carbon finance
  • Emerging issues in timber certification
  • Improving implementation of new policies and using them to ensure improved livelihoods
  • Linking Forestry and agro forestry to other livelihood systems within forests at the forest edge and outside forests
  • Economic Pressures on forest resources and vice versa
  • Animal-human conflict both inside and outside forest
  • Integrated management of invasive species
  • Wildlife in Flood prone areas – challenges
  • Legal Reforms
  • JFMCs – EDCs
  • Fuel wood – demand and supply along forest fringe and outside forest areas
  • Projected Areas