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J&K to upgrade forest management system

Srinagar, India: The Jammu & Kashmir State Forest Department in India signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Madhya Pradesh State Government for digitisation of forest management system in Jammu and Kashmir, according to the J&K’s Minister for Environment and Forests, Mian Altaf Ahmad.

“The Madhya Pradesh Forest Department is successfully using the latest technologies in forestry. It will assist us to use technologies like web server, GPS, management information system (MIS), GIS and Domain Control System under this MoU,” he said addressing a day-long workshop on ‘Concurrent Monitoring of CAMPA and Digitisation of Forest Boundaries’ in Srinagar, India. “We can create our own database surveys through the use of technology,” he said.

The minister claimed the implementation of this technology in J&K would become reality in next six months. “This will enable us to demarcate our forest land easily. We can assess the growing stock, density of crop, types and availability of non-timber forest produce and medicinal plants in the compartments. It can also provide us the details of boundary pillars and other details like configuration and topography of the area,” he added.

Expressing his concern over the growing loss of forest cover due to forests fires, he said the technology would also help protecting forests. “We will be able to get quick information regarding forests fires and offences committed against forest and wildlife”, he opined.

The Minister directed Commissioner/Secretary, Forests to set up a cell in PCCF office for identification of critical compartments in the first phase craving for urgent attention, where ICT could be made use of to check forest fires, encroachments and smuggling of timber. He informed that remote sensing department is already doing good job in this pursuit.

Source: www.greaterkashmir.com