August 29, 2016
Signing of R/D for the new TC project (L to R) Mr. Shatrughna Singh, Chief Secretary, Mr. S. Ramaswamy, Additional Chief Secretary, Mr. Anup Malik, Chief Project Director, Shri Harish Rawat, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India, Mr. Vineet S. Sarin, Additional Chief Development Specialist, JICA India.
New Delhi / Dehradun, Aug 29, 2016: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed Record of Discussions (R/D) with Government of Uttarakhand for implementing Technical Cooperation (TC) project titled "The Project for Natural Disaster Management in Forest Areas in Uttarakhand". Main objective of the Project is to enhance the capacity of the State in general and Uttarakhand Forest Department (UKFD) in particular, to appropriately plan and implement erosion control works for slope disaster management in forest areas of the State, to mitigate the effects of natural disasters timely and most effectively, as a part of future preparedness strategy. To achieve the desired objectives, this TC project will be implemented in coordination with "Uttarakhand Forest Resource Management Project" (UFRMP), a loan project under the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Loan, which is already being implemented in the State, and to also facilitate the implementation of Slope Disaster Mitigation component under UFRMP.
The TC Project will focus on developing technologies for erosion control works
which are to be adapted in the State, including development of technical handbooks/manuals, and establishment of model sites on erosion control.
In the TC project, JICA's Japanese experts will be dispatched for assisting UKFD on field survey, plan, design and supervision for erosion control works. Trainings are also planned to be undertaken through JICA experts' support to share knowledge not only with Uttarakhand but also with other Himalayan states, which have similar terrain.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, "The project objective is to develop the self-reliant capacity of UKFD in the field of erosion control in the forest area; thereby, contributing to the safer living environment for the people and eliminate economic losses not only in the state of Uttarakhand but also in other Himalayan states as well."
In June 2013, as an aftereffect of heavy rains in the Himalayan region, the unexpected large scale destruction due to floods and landslides caused tremendous loss to human life and property in the State of Uttarakhand. More than 6,000 people were declared dead or missing in 4,200 villages, primarily in the northern area of the State. This is, by any yardstick, one of the largest natural calamities in India.
As a result, the Slope Disaster Mitigation component of UFRMP and the new TC project are designed to develop capacity of UKFD for sediment disaster mitigation so that the people of Uttarakhand will be able to prepare themselves in better way against landslide disasters in future. JICA has provided an ODA loan of 11,390 million Japanese yen for UFRMP, for which the Loan Agreement was signed in April 2014. UFRMP not only addresses forest conservation, soil and water conservation activities among various other allied activities, but also aims to address the issue of sediment disaster.
Another project assisted by JICA in the State is Dhauliganga Hydroelectric Power Plant Construction Project, over three phases, with a commitment of JPY 35,871 million. In addition to the loan projects, there are currently 1 Japanese NPO under JICA Partnership Program and 4 Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) actively working in the State.
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, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the biggest bilateral donor agency. JICA 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.
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