Minister CM Chang with representative from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) India and other officials during the launching programme held at Forest Office Complex, Forest Colony, Dimapur on September 12.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency and Govt of India’s supported Nagaland Forest Management Project is expected to be implemented within a span of ten years i.e. 2017-2027.
Morung Express News
Dimapur | September 12
The inaugural session of ‘Sensitization Programme of District Management Unit, Field Management Unit and Batch One Village’ was held on September 12, at Forest Office Complex, Forest Colony, Dimapur.
The project is being implemented under the Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP) with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of India. This project is expected to be implemented within a span of ten years i.e. 2017-2027.
The Project will primarily seek to improve forest ecosystems and support income generation by rehabilitation of jhum areas.
Representative of JICA India, Yuko Shinohara who was present at the inaugural session said JICA is a governmental agency which has been assisting economic and social growth in developing countries all over the world, India being their most important target.
She believed that India and Japan has a strong friendship, and encouraged the people to expedite the process of this noble venture by working together. Also expressing affinity with the Nagas, its food and way of life, Shinohara, who is on her maiden visit to Nagaland, felt that Nagas and the Japanese have so much in common. “I feel at home here,” she commented.
Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Parliamentary Affairs, CM Chang who was the special invitee lauded JICA for providing financial assistance to developing countries – numbering 150 countries, to be precise, in his address. He also thanked the GoI and JICA for choosing Nagaland to implement this project. He explained that Nagaland has abundant forest resource, and called upon the community to continue to preserve and replenish it.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), I Panger Jamir in his keynote address lauded the launching of the project with the help of JICA and GoI, “at a time when there were no sufficient resources on hand for forest developmental projects”. He expressed concern that there are only secondary or tertiary and no primary forests left in Nagaland.
Welcoming the invitees, PD (AFP) Meyipokyim Aier informed that the project has a target of 185 villages out of which 33 villages are from Nagaland. Short speeches were delivered by S P Tripathi, PCCF & Chief Wildlife Warden, A K Bansal, IFS retired Consultant.
NFMP website launched
Minister Chang also launched the NFMP website and released the Operational Manual (micro-plan) on the occasion. The website was designed and developed by Ramietech Solutions, an IT and Software Company based in Kohima through active consultation and coordination with the NFMP-JICA team.
Representing Ramietech Solutions, Richard Asoso, Business Development Manager, gave a brief introduction about the firm and the team. Technical Operations Manager Debashis Sen also gave a brief presentation about the website.
Features of the website include an attractive layout and design, advanced functionalities, project information, project activity updates, meeting accessibility parameters, social media integration, google maps integration, google translation integration, SEO, downloads and many more. The website can be accessed at www.nfmpjica.org. The firm reposed its strong belief that the website will serve as an important resource for the NFMP-JICA in the days to come.