Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority, Uttarakhand (CAMPA)

Dr. Samir Sinha, IFS
Add. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests

With a cover of 23% of Geographical area of the country, forest in India comprise of a number of diverse forest types and reserved areas designated as National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. In India, forest meet the livelihood needs of people living in and adjoining the forests in about 1, 73,000 villages. Forests also act as carbon sinks and regulators of water regime. Many development and industrial projects such as erection of dams, mining, and construction of industries or roads require diversion of forest land. Any project proponent, government or private must apply for forest clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), before the conversion of land take place. This proposal is to be submitted through the concerned forest department of the state government. If clearance is given, then compensation for the lost forest land is also to be decided by the ministry and the regulators. Due to certain discrepancies in the implementation of compensatory afforestation, some NGOs had approached The Hon'ble Supreme Court for relief. The Hon'ble Supreme Court on 10th July 2009 issued orders that there will be a Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) as National Advisory Council under the chairmanship of the Union Minister of Environment & Forests for monitoring, technical assistance and evaluation of compensatory afforestation activities.

Uttarakhand CAMPA was notified in Jul, 2009 in pursuance of Honorable Supreme court order dated 10th July, 2009 in WP(C) No. 202/1995 & instructions contained in Ministry of Environment & Forest GOI Letter No. 1-58/09-Mos(I/C)- E and F dated 15th july.

In continuation of above, GOI notified CAMPA Act 2016 dt. 03-08-2016 and CAF rules 2018 dt. 17-02-2018.After enforcement of CAMPA Act 2016 and CAF Rules 2018, GOI constituted National and State CAMPA vide notification dt. 14-09-2018.

Aims, Objectives and Functions

The aims and objectives for which the CAMPA authority is established shall be to Promote:

  • Conservation, protection, regeneration and management of existing natural forests.
  • Conservation, protection and management of wildlife and its habitat within and outside protected areas including the consolidation of the protected areas;
  • Compensatory afforestation.
Environmental services, which include:-

  • Provision of goods such as wood, non-timber forest products, fuel, fodder and water, and provision of services such as grazing, tourism, wildlife protection and life support.
  • Regulating services such as climate regulation, disease control, flood moderation, detoxification, carbon sequestration and health of soils, air and water regimes.
  • Non-material benefits obtained from ecosystems, spiritual, recreational, aesthetic, inspirational, educational and symbolic.
  • Supporting such other services necessary for the production of ecosystem services, biodiversity, nutrient cycling and primary production.
  • Science, Research, Training and Capacity Building.
  • Environment Protection and Sustainable Forest Management.