August 22, 2017
L-R: Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA; Mr. Vineet Sarin, Additional Chief Development Specialist, JICA; Mr. S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, DEA, Ministry of Finance, Government of India; Mr. Soumitra Dasgupta, Inspector General of Forestry, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India and Mr. Toru Uemachi, Senior Representative, JICA.
New Delhi, August 22, 2017: The 8th edition of Forestry Project Directors Meeting for JICA-Assisted Forestry and Natural Resource Management Projects was organised by JICA on August 18 in New Delhi. The purpose of meeting was to share the experiences and to facilitate cross learning and discussions on issues, such as challenges and opportunities. These pertained to afforestation, biodiversity, soil and moisture conservation, livelihood improvement, Income Generation Activities, Information Communication Technology and financial inclusion for sustainable forest management as well as women's empowerment under JICA-assisted projects in India by the project heads and to strengthen the working environment and relationship between the Government of India, JICA and the Forest Department officials of all projects.
Esteemed guests and dignitaries including Mr. S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Mr. Soumitra Dasgupta, Inspector General of Forests, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India and Mr. Avanish Kumar Mishra, Director, DEA, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, addressed the Project Directors Meeting. They applauded the work and achievements of JICA projects in the forestry and natural resource management sector in India.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Selvakumar stressed on achieving smooth and timely implementation of the projects. Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, "It gives JICA immense pleasure and pride to facilitate such important cross learning and experience sharing over all these years among Project Directors. Sustainability and replicability of JICA-assisted projects are important, and the meeting brought together the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India and Forest Departments of various states to share best practices in design, implementation and evaluation in JICA-assisted forest resource management projects. I would also like to highlight the collaboration between Technical Cooperation and Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan for erosion control in Uttarakhand, as a good example of integration of JICA's various schemes."
During the course of the meeting, various key participants including projects heads of states from Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (Phase 2), Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation & Greening Project, Tripura Forest Environmental Improvement and Poverty Alleviation Project, Uttar Pradesh Participatory Forest Management Project, Rajasthan Forestry and Biodiversity Project (Phase 2), Gujarat Forestry Development Project (Phase 2), West Bengal Forest & Biodiversity Conservation Project, Uttarakhand Forest Resources Management Project, and Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation & Forest Management Project made their technical presentations on themes related to sustainable forest management.
The experiences from the JICA-assisted forestry and natural resource management projects, which have been formed through active collaboration between India and Japan and executed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and different Indian states, would facilitate further development of forestry management in India and balanced and sustainable economy.
Since 1991-92, JICA has committed 246 billion Japanese Yen (approx. Rs. 15,000 crore) for 25 projects, across 14 states of India in the forestry and natural resource management sector. JICA is also supporting through an ODA Loan a Human Resource Development project, ‘Capacity Development for Forest Management and Personnel Training', for front line staff in 13 different states, synergistically with a Technical Cooperation project at the Directorate of Forest Education (DFE) and Central Academy for State Forest Officers (CASFOS), Dehradun for improvement of ‘Master Trainers' program for Frontline staff and for ‘Training of Trainers' at the state level.
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 world's largest 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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