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Press Release

March 5, 2019

JICA Nepal organizes Orientation Seminar on SABIHAA

SABIHAA (Samudayik Bikas Tatha Hariyali Ayojana) model was introduced in Nepal as output of Community Development and Forest/Watershed Conservation Project (1999 to 2004) jointly implemented by Government of Nepal and JICA, which is a mechanism to mobilize local people in the participatory watershed management such as planning, implementing and evaluation of activities. After the project, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation and Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management had expanded the implementation areas of SABIHAA Model, as successful model of watershed management from 8 districts (Kaski, Syangja, Tanahun, Parbat, Myagdi, Baglung, kavre and Sindhupalchowk) to 11 districts (plus Palpa, Gulmi and Arghakhanchi) which has now increased up to 21.

After restructuring of Nepal, SABIHAA activities along with its budget is now handed over to the local governments as a process of decentralization. Thus, Ministry of Forest and Environment/Department of Forest and Soil Conservation and JICA Nepal recently organized Orientation seminars on SABIHAA in Pokhara, Butuwal and Kathmandu. The primary objective of the seminar was to orient local and provincial governments about SABIHAA model and its learning and experiences, regarding its implementation at the local level and to strengthen collaboration among the stakeholders including three tiers of governments and JICA.

Mayors and Chairpersons along with chief administrative officers and social development officers of the 29 local governments participated the seminars. Similarly, senior officials from central government, provincial governments, JICA officials and Japanese volunteers participated in the seminar. Hon. Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment from Gandaki Pradesh, Secretary of Ministry of Forest and Environment, Director General of Department of Forest and Soil Conservation, secretaries of provincial Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment, representatives of Association of District Coordination Committee have also observed the seminars.

The orientation seminars in all three cities successfully concluded with active participation and lively interactions amongst the participants who discussed the way forward for sustainable implementation of SABHIAA at the local level. All the local governments committed to implement the SABIHAA model in collaboration with provincial and central governments for further "Green" development in Nepal.

Thank you.

For more details please contact:
Ms. Brinda Singh - Public Relations Officer (JICA Nepal Office)

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