Nagaland Forest Management Project review meeting in Mon

The annual review meeting of the Nagaland Forest Management Project was convened at the Divisional Forest Office, Mon on May 22.

The annual review meeting of the Nagaland Forest Management Project was convened at the Divisional Forest Office, Mon on May 22.

Mon, May 24 (MExN): The annual review meeting of the Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP) was convened on May 22 at the Divisional Forest Office, Mon. The review is part of the mandate of the NFMP, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), according to a press release from Rajesh Kumar, DFO cum DMU Head Mon.

The annual review meeting forms the platform to facilitate the sharing of experiences/cross learning, review the activities carried out in the previous years and providing a platform for identifying areas of improvement, and foster idea exchange among different committees, the release added.

Under the Divisional Management Unit (DMU), NFMP Mon, DMU Staff, FMU Staff, FNGOs, DC representative and 15 villages currently undertaking project activities reportedly attended the review.

The 15 village representatives in the form of JFMCs and Self-Help Groups (SHGs) shared their positive experiences, grievances, and challenges faced in the course of the project activities. They expressed appreciation for the NFMP initiative, noting significant improvements in village biodiversity and the benefits of the revolving funds for SHGs. Additionally, FMU staff also shared insights gained from field duties.

Several noteworthy success stories were shared by the JFMCs and SHGs during the meeting. 

Representing the administration, Nyamok Konyak, EAC Mon Hq., expressed gratitude to the Forest Department for their efforts towards betterment of the community.

She further emphasized the importance of community involvement and the hailed the success stories shared by JFMCs and SHGs. She underscored the project's aim of sustainable environmental management, urging participants to take ownership of their environment beyond the project's duration. The EAC also emphasized the value of acquired knowledge and ideas, and encouraged their integration into daily life and passing them down to future generations.

Chaired by DMU Staff Kute Lachu, Monitoring & Evaluation Expert, the programme began with welcome address delivered by Rajesh Kumar, IFS, Divisional Forest Officer cum DMU Head, Mon Division. Brief presentations were also delivered by DMU staff, Field Management Unit (FMU) Heads, and FNGO on the activities undertaken in the previous years.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Ponglih T, Capacity Building, IEC & documentation expert.