9th Annual Workshop on Forestry and Natural Resource Management Projects was organized in Kolkata

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 and inaugurated today in Kolkata. The workshop entailed deliberations 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 amongst various state forest departments, who have been involved in implementing JICA assisted forestry and natural resource management projects in their respective states. 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. During the course of the workshop, various participants including Mr. Vineet Sarin, Additional Chief Development Specialist, JICA India Office and senior forest department officials from several states made technical presentations on various themes related to sustainable forest management. Officials of State Forest Departments from Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka participated in the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sachiko Imoto, Senior Representative, JICA India Office said, “JICA has been the largest donor to the forestry and natural resource management sector in India for several years now and we are very glad to be associated with the West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project. JICA is focused and committed towards enhancing environmental conditions for the people of India through our projects leading to increased forest cover, effective soil and moisture conservation, livelihood and capacity development of communities on the forest fringes and the introduction of technology-based management processes. Through this workshop we aimed to share the best practices which will be beneficial not only for the West Bengal Forestry Project, but also for various forestry projects across the country.”

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.

About JICA: Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation. JICA is the world's biggest bilateral donor agency. It works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.