9th Annual Workshop on Forestry and Natural Resource Management Projects was organized in Kolkata for JICA assisted projects.
The 9th Annual Workshop on Forestry and Natural Resource Management Projects titled ‘Sustainable Forest Management with People’s Participation and Modernization of Management’ was organized by West Bengal Forest Department with support from JICA in Kolkata.
Mr. Basudeb Banerjee, Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal inaugurated the workshop. Mr. Masayuki Taga, Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Mr. Chandan Sinha, Principal Secretary, Forests and Mr. Pradeep Shukla, PCCF (HoFF), West Bengal Forest Department also made an address during the inaugural session.
The workshop focused on issues, challenges and opportunities pertaining to Sustainable Forest Management through People’s Participation, Livelihood Development, Institutional Development through Capacity Building and Technology Based Forest Management systems in JICA assisted forestry and natural resource management projects in India. The workshop provided a useful platform for experience sharing and cross learning among various state forest departments, who have been involved in implementing JICA assisted forestry and natural resource management projects in their respective states.
Officials of State Forest Departments from Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand,Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka participated in the workshop.
Since 1991-92, JICA has committed 225.8 billion Japanese Yen for 23 projects, across 13 states of India in the forestry and natural resource management sector. JICA has supported 22 forestry projects which are state specific and one National level Human Resource Development project for the frontline staff in 13 states across the country.
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