Forest based industry and business is not only important for the economic development of the country. It also provides employment to rural people living near or inside the forest. The aim of present study was to identify districts in Orissa having potential for forest based, industrial development, considering vegetation, socio economic and infrastructural variables using GIS modeling and analysis.

It is being increasingly realized that the forests play a critical role in global carbon cycle and after significant potential to capture carbon and thus could play important role in climate change mitigation.