In pursuance of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act 2016 (Central Act No.38 of 2016), the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Rule 2018 Dated 10.08.2018 and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India Notifications S.O. 3967 (E) Dated 13.08.2018 and 4856 (E) Dated 14.09.2018, the Government of Telangana, vide G.O. Ms. No 6, EFS&T Dept. Dt. 15/02/2019 established the State Authority to be known as “the Telangana Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority” (herein after referred to as Telangana CAMPA), which shall be responsible for the management of the State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Fund and its utilization for the purpose of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act 2016.
Keeping in view, the vision of Hon’ble Chief minister of Telangana for fast paced economic development with environmental concerns and directions in state flagship program “ Telangana Ku Haritha Haram (TKHH)”, Telangana CAMPA swung into action and prepared perspective “Forest Rejuvenation Action Plan (FRAP)” to take up appropriate forestry activities in all Reserve Forest Blocks in the state to meet the physical targets of TKHH and also to meet the ecological parameters such as increase in forest cover, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, land degradation neutrality, water availability inside forest areas, reduction in invasive species and huge employment opportunities to tribals and other marginal section poor people residing in forest fringe villages.
Accordingly, the forestry activities to protect, conserve and develop forests and wildlife in the state, were incorporated into the Annual Plan of Operation (APO) of Telangana CAMPA. The size of APO increased manifold since 2018-19 and lot of forestry activities were taken, which has resulted in increase of forest cover inside forest areas (ISFR 2019,2021), increase in biodiversity and carbon sequestration (ISFR 2021), water availability inside forest areas for wildlife and huge employment generation for people in forest fringe villages and thus meeting the goals of SDG 15.