Biren launches Indo-German Financial Co-operation project

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 23, 2018: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh today launched the Indo-German Financial Co-operation Project on Community Based Sustainable Forest Management for Water Resources Conservation in Manipur at the function held at Hotel Sangai Continental, Imphal.

The launching function was organised by Community Forestry and Water Conservation Society, forest department.

Successful implementation of the project would protect the existing forest areas in collaboration with local people to regenerate 21,800 hectares of degraded forest. When the project is implemented it would promote livelihood activities, improve wildlife habitat and also generate employment opportunities to the local people. We need love and support of the people for the successful implementation of the project, said the chief minister.

 In the last 18 months, the government has put in an effort to increase the Protected Area Network by 92 square kilometres by declaring 8 new community reserves in Senapati and Tamenglong districts. Community based forest management projects have been started at local levels. The government has also started providing alternative livelihood to those farmers who had earlier engaged in jhum cultivations and illegal poppy plantation in hill areas, he added.

Mentioning that climate change is a reality which adversely affects development, Biren said that it impacts on natural resources, economic activities, food security, health and physical infrastructure. Climate adaptation measures are of vital importance for the protection of rural livelihoods and for ensuring sustainable development, he added.

He highlighted that we must ensure proper management of forest and water resources by conserving and developing catchment areas, soil and moisture conservation measures, rejuvenating the wildlife habitat and biodiversity and creating livelihood opportunities.

Minister for forest and environment Th. Shyamkumar, additional chief secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar, senior sector specialist, natural resource management, KfW, New Delhi, portfolio manager, GFA, Hamburg, Germany Manfred Fischer and officials of forest department attended the function.

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