State Forest Development Agency (SFDA)
SFDA is a registered society under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act, 2001 and functions as a federation of Forest Development Agencies (FDAs), constituted at territorial/ wildlife forest divisions level. There are 22 FDAs in the state.
The SFDA undertakes all core and allied activities involving policy support, programme implementation, project execution etc. that are required for regeneration, development and/or management of notified forests and adjoining areas inter alia with people’s participation, including implementation of Centrally-Sponsored/Central Sector Forestry schemes. The major schemes implemented through SFDA are those under the National Afforestation Programme (NAP), National Green India Mission (GIM) and National medicinal Plants board (NMPB). In addition to forestry and allied activities, the SFDA also undertakes such other activities, which promote development of forest-dependent or forest fringe village populations so as to secure their willing and proactive cooperation in enhancing the green cover in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
The proposals formulated by the FDAs are forwarded to the SFDA, which in turn, scrutinizes and approves the proposals. A State level summary statement of all approved FDA project proposals are then submitted to the Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change, Govt. of India, which finally accords approval of the SFDA's Plan. The approved plans/Schemes executed by the FDAs are monitored by the SFDA at the State level.