September 19, 2018
New Delhi, September 19, 2018: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organised the 9th edition of the Project Directors Meeting of JICA-Supported Forestry & Natural Resource Management Projects, in New Delhi, today.
Dignitaries who attended the meeting included Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India (GOI); Mr. A.K Mishra, Director (Japan), DEA, GOI; Mr. D.K Sinha, Inspector General of Forests (IGF), Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), GOI and Mr. Saibal Dasgupta, Additional Director General (ADG), MoEF&CC, GOI. The JICA representatives who attended the meeting included Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India; Mr. Toru Uemachi, Senior Representative, JICA India; Mr. Vineet Sarin, Additional Chief Development Specialist, JICA India and Mr. Anurag Sinha, Lead Development Specialist, JICA India. They applauded the achievements of JICA projects in the forestry and natural resource management sector in India.
The purpose of the meeting was to catalyze active cross-learning among project heads to facilitate discussions on issues, such as challenges and opportunities in the forestry sector. The knowledge exchange focused on 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-supported projects in India. The session highlighted the issues in formation, promotion and sustainability of livelihood activities. JICA's innovative approach under the Project was discussed in order to explore opportunities of replicating the practices in non-project areas within the state, through State Government or other authorities. The meeting also aimed to strengthen the working relationship between the Government of India, JICA and the Forest Department officials of all projects.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "JICA recognizes the need for implementing sustainable forestry management in India and we aim to facilitate the same with the assistance from Japanese expertise. It gives us immense pleasure to support such an important cross-learning experience, where project directors of various JICA-supported projects can cohesively learn from each other".
Mr. Vineet Sarin, Additional Chief Development Specialist, JICA India added "The Annual Project Director's meeting is an occasion for all Project Directors of JICA-assisted forestry projects to share their experiences and cross learn from each other. The main agenda for this meeting is to discuss some core recommendations of the 10th Annual Workshop on Forestry and Natural Resource Management Projects held in Mussoorie in April 2018. The main topics to be covered shall be promotion of sustainable livelihoods, use of technology for sustainable management, convergence and so on".
Heads of JICA-supported forestry projects in Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Tripura, Sikkim and Nagaland made technical presentations on sustainable forest management.
JICA-supported forestry and natural resource management projects are the result of active collaboration between India and Japan, the projects have been executed by the MOEF&CC and the governments of different Indian states. Learnings from these projects would facilitate the development of forestry management practices in India.
Since 1991-92, JICA has committed 257 billion Japanese Yen (approximately INR 16,000 crore) for 26 forestry and natural resource management projects across 14 states of India. JICA is also supporting, through an ODA Loan, a Human Resource Development project, ‘Capacity Development for Forest Management and Personnel Training', for frontline staff in 13 states. JICA is also providing Technical Cooperation in Uttarakhand through the ‘Project for Natural Disaster Management in Forest Areas in Uttarakhand'. The Project aims 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 in conjunction with a ODA loan project for Forestry and Natural Resource Management in Uttarakhand.
L-R: Mr. Vineet Sarin, Additional Chief Development Specialist, JICA India ; Mr. A.K Mishra, Director (Japan), DEA, GOI; Mr. D.K Sinha, IGF, MoEF&CC; Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India; Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, DEA, Ministry of Finance, GOI; Mr. Saibal Dasgupta, ADG, MoEF&CC, GOI and Mr. Toru Uemachi, Senior Representative, JICA India.
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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