9th JICA ANNUAL NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT WITH PEOPLE'S PARTICIPATION & MODERNISATION OF MANAGEMENT AT KOLKATA AND SUNDARBAN ON 11th & 12th JANUARY 2017.
West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Society organised the 9th JICA Annual National Workshop under the broad theme of Sustainable Forest Management with People's Participation and Modernization of Management at Kolkata and Sundarban. The Project Directorate organised the three day programme from 11th to 13th January 2017 with five technical sessions in the workshop with presentations from various JICA project implementing states on 11th and 12th January, 2017 at Kolkata and Sunderban and the exposure visit of the delegates to Sundarban Tiger Reserve on 13th January, 2017.
The Workshop was inaugurated by the Chief Secretary West Bengal, Sri. Vasudev Banerjee and attended by the Principal Secretary Forests, WB Sri. Chandan Mtra, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Sri. Pradeep Shukla, Japan consular General, Kolkata Mr. Masayuki Taga, Director, South Asia Division 1 JICA Mr. Inada Kyosuke, Senior Representative, JICA India Office Ms.Sachiko Imoto, Additional Chief Development Specialist JICA India Office, Mr. Vineet Sarin and Chief Project Director WB Project Sri. Siddartha Barari. Sri. Vineet Sarin in his keynote address on 26 years of JICA Collaboration in forestry sector underlined the features of 3rd generation projects such as REDD plus readiness, technology based monitoring etc. The outcome of Impact Assessment Study such as landscape approach in afforestation use of QPM, introduction of smart classes in training & promoting transparency and social accountability were highlighted in his speech. The Proceedings of the 8th Annual National Workshop on Promoting Sustainable Participatory Forest Managemen and Livelihoods held at Sikkim from 29th February to 2nd March 2016 was released by the Chief Guest on the occasion.
The workshop was attended by Project Directors from various states implementing the JICA assisted forestry projects such as Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh. Workshop provided the best platform for the all JICA assisted states to exchange views and ideas on project implementation on various technical themes deliberated as follows.
- Sustainable Forest Management through peoples participation
- Livelihood Development
- Institutional Development through Capacity Building
- Technology based Forest Management
- Group Discussion and Presentations
The deliberations ensure every state to find implementable solutions to various project related problems. JiCA support to forestry related projects aims to realise the goal of sustainable development with the participation of local communities and other stakeholders who have significant role to play in conservation and management of forest. PCCF & Project Director of OFSDP Dr.A.K Pattnaik IFS and Dr Pradeep Raj Karat, IFS Joint Project Director attended the workshop from Odisha. OFSDP made the presentation of Livelihood Development highlighting the various achievement in the implementation of OFSDP which ended in 2015 and the various new initiatives proposed to be implemented in the Phase-II of OFSDP.