National Afforestation and
Eco-development Board (NAEB) constituted in 1989 by the Union Ministry of
Environment and Forests to promote the involvement and peoples participation
for increasing green cover over wastelands. As per the direction of Ministry
of Environment and Forest, NAEB established seven Regional Centres
throughout India including Regional Centre (NAEB), Solan under the dynamic
leadership of Dr Parvinder Kaushal at Dr YS Parmar University of
Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan in Himachal Pradesh to look after
the interest of farmers in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir,
Punjab and Union Territory of Chandigarh.
MANDATE OF THE REGIONAL CENTRE
To provide extension and
technical assistance to the State Union Territory, Forest
Departments/Forest Corporations, Forest Development Agencies/or such
agencies as may be mutually agreed to, in the formulation of projects,
micro planning exercise for development of watershed, degraded forests,
adjoining lands, non-forest land, agroforestry, control of desertification
and areas falling within the mandate of NAEB, as and when required.
To assist National
Afforestation and Ecodevelopment Board (NAEB) in project implementation
and evaluation of programmes implemented through State/Union Territory
Forest Department/Corporations/Forest Development Agencies, NGOs,
Voluntary Organizations, etc., and suggest measures for improvement.
To provide a forum for cross
fertilization of ideas and experiences especially amongst the Forest
Officers of State/Union Territories, Watershed Teams, Voluntary
Organizations/NGOs, representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions, Forest
Development Agencies/Joint Forest Management Committees/Tree Growers
Cooperatives, etc., by organizing workshops and experience sharing
To conduct problem specific
studies relevant to afforestation, regeneration of degraded forests,
ecodevelopment, value addition, ITK refinement for higher economic
benefits through people’s participation in forest management and
To organize training programmes
for project formulation, micro planning and geographical information
To conduct research and
extension of research findings to disseminate new technologies for the
regeneration and development of degraded forest areas, adjoining lands,
non forests lands and other areas falling in the mandate of NAEB.
To monitor survival rate
studies and district wise afforestation and tree planting activities and
evaluate the performance of concerned agencies.
Documentation of successful
efforts/achievements in the areas mentioned above for wide dissemination.
Assessment for awards (Indira
Priyadarshani Varikh Mitra Award)
Other activities as indicated
by the NAEB from time to time.