Evaluation and Monitoring

Evaluation of Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project- II

Duration: 2014-15

Funding Agency: Evaluation and Applied Research Department, Government of Tamil Nadu

The objective of the project was the terminal evaluation of Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project (TAP-II) implemented by Tamil Nadu Forest Department. The study assessed the impact of the project in 80 locations across the state.  In addition to assessing the overall impact of the project objectives, the evaluation sought to identify means by which the activities initiated by the project are sustained.  The results of the evaluation study showed that the programme implementation structure of TAP II was limited in not being iterative.  Non availability of experts at the field level was also a major gap, as also the inability of the implementing department to document the programme.  The project was successful  in improving the green cover and water holding capacity over large areas, especially in the Western and Southern districts of the State.  The plantations also seem to have helped in regeneration of native flora and had in certain pockets, evolved to become refugia for local fauna. Collection of NTFP had waned over the years as a result of low preference in trade.  The most significant achievement of the project has been in the formation of a veritable number of vibrant Self Help Groups of women, many of which continue to function even during the post-project period.

Assessing the distribution and abundance of the Blackbuck, Chital and Bonnet Macaque on the IIT Madras Campus

Duration: 2014

Funding Agency: IIT (Madras)

The study attempted to provide an up-to-date assessment of Chital and Bonnet Macaque and their population size, spatial distribution and structure as their presence had frequently led to conflicts and accidents. The data obtained was useful for conservation planning.


A study on Non-Timber Forest Produce originating from diverse sources ranging from large plant to micro-flora and consisting of heterogeneous products. NTFP in focus: Tamarind, Gallnut, Indian Gooseberry, Honey and Phoenix sp.

Duration: 2014-16 (Ongoing)

Funding Agency: State Forest Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Forest Department

The objective of the project is to quantify the available data on Non-timber Forest Produce in Tamilnadu using selected villages. The survey was designed to encompass all the aspects of the selected NTFPs viz., village profile, the landscape profile and locale of the NTFP collection, which would help in understanding the type of forests located nearby as well the vegetation. Apart from primary data collected from NTFP gatherers and associated villagers, District Forest Offices were approached for secondary data. Focus Group Discussions were held at the initial stages of the project, which helped to reframe the questionnaires prepared and a general understanding of each village. Some of the major outcomes of the project include the preference of NTFP produce among the gatherers, livelihood and market dynamics of the produces.

Rendering Professional Inputs and Highly Technical Work in Preparation / Submission and Getting Pallikaranai Marsh Land Declared as Ramsar Site during 2015 -2016

Duration: Ongoing

Funding Agency: Tamil Nadu Forest Department

The scope of the project is Preparation / Submission and getting PML declared as Ramsar Site by rendering professional inputs and highly technical work in Preparation and Submission of application.