Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act 2016

The Compensatory Afforestation Act 2016 mandates for establishment of National Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) and National Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) under Public Account of India. The National CAMPA will manage the National CAF

The Act also mandates for establishment of State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) under every state and State Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) under Public Account of each State. The State CAMPA will manage the State CAF.

The State CAF will receive all monies realised from the user agencies (companies which acquire forest land) by such State towards compensatory afforestation, additional compensatory afforestation, penal compensatory afforestation, net present value, catchment area treatment plan or any money for compliance of conditions stipulated by the Central Government while according approval under the provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. The State CAF will also receive the funds recoverable from user agencies in cases where forest land diverted falls within the protected areas under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 for undertaking activities relating to the protection of biodiversity and wildlife.

The National Compensatory Afforestation Fund shall receive money from each state on yearly basis, ten per cent. of the funds realised from the user agencies in respect of the forest land diverted in their favour, which have been credited directly into the State CAF.

Most of the States and UTs with assembly have established their CAF but there is no information about the establishment of the Central and State Authority.