July 24, 2018
Shimla, July 24 2018: The JICA-supported Project for Improvement of Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystems Management and Livelihoods was officially inaugurated yesterday, July 23, 2018. The objective of the Project is to manage and enhance forest area ecosystems in the project area, by sustainable forest ecosystem management, biodiversity conservation, livelihood improvement support and strengthening institutional capacity, thereby contributing to environmental conservation and sustainable socio-economic development in the state of Himachal Pradesh (HP).
The inauguration ceremony was organized by Himachal Pradesh Forest Department and was attended by Mr. Jai Ram Thakur, Hon'ble Chief Minister, HP; Mr. Govind Singh Thakur, Hon'ble Forest, Transport and Youth Services & Sports Minister, HP; Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office along with dignitaries from Government of India and Forest Department of HP.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, JICA India Office said, "Through this project, JICA aims to improve the quality of forests and grasslands of HP, and to conserve the ecosystem through participatory and collaborative management. This will improve the ecosystem in the state, and help in the conservation of water resources and prevent soil erosion and landslides. JICA recognizes the importance of livelihood improvement and poverty alleviation in forest areas, and this project shall further contribute to ecological rehabilitation in HP."
Earlier in March 2018, JICA signed an ODA loan agreement of 11,136 million Japanese Yen (approximately INR 700 Crore) for the Project.
The activities under the Project will be implemented in the districts of Bilaspur, Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur, and Lahaul & Spiti. The Project will contribute to biodiversity conservation, livelihood enhancement and improvement of ecosystem in forest areas.
JICA has been consistently contributing to the inclusive and dynamic development of HP through its various projects. JICA has extended a cumulative ODA loan amount of 19,630 million Japanese Yen (approximately INR 1,200 Crore) for various projects in the state. This amount includes an ODA loan of 3,493 million Japanese yen (approximately INR 200 crore) for Swan River Integrated Watershed Management Project, in addition to ODA loan of 5,001 million Japanese Yen (approximately INR 300 crore) for the Himachal Pradesh Crop Diversification Promotion Project and the recently signed ODA loan of 11,136 million Japanese yen (approximately INR 700 Crore) for the Project for Improvement of Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystems Management and Livelihoods.
Forests in HP
L-R: Mr. Vineet Sarin, Addl. Chief Development Specialist, JICA India; Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India; Mr. Govind Singh Thakur, Hon'ble Forest, Transport and Youth Services & Sports Minister, HP and Mr. Jai Ram Thakur, Hon'ble Chief Minister, HP
Established by a specific law as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to promote international cooperation as the 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 the form of loans, grants and technical cooperation, so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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