Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Sustainable Catchment Forest Management (SCATFORM) Project in Tripura


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: SCATFORM Project, JICA

Mains level:  SCATFORM Project


  • Tripura has launched a project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management at Hatipara in West Tripura.

Sustainable Catchment Forest Management (SCATFORM) Project

  1. The project is jointly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of India.
  2. It aims to improve quality of forest in the catchment area by sustainable forest management, soil and moisture conservation and livelihood development.
  3. The Tripura Forest Department (TFD) is the Executing Agency of the Project.
  4. Eighty per cent of the project would be funded by JICA while Government of India would fund 20 per cent of the project value.


  1. The SCATFORM project has got provisions to built 1,447 check dams in hilly terrains of Tripura.
  2. This new project has got many components including fisheries, agriculture, forest, tourism etc.
  3. 1,447 check dams would be constructed in hilly terrains of the state to make sure that there is no chance of a flood in the plains.
  4. The water this conserved would be used for agricultural purposes and for fisheries and poultry farming (ducks).

About JICA

  1. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is established by a specific law as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan.
  2. It aims to promote international cooperation as the sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation.
  3. JICA is the world’s largest bilateral donor agency.
  4. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in the form of loans, grants and technical cooperation, so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
  5. JICA funded projects became operational in Tripura in 2007 with an initial earmarked fund of Rs. 4 crores.
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