MUSSOORIE, April 11
The 10th three days long National Workshop of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) began under the aegis of Uttarakhand Forest Resource Management Project (UPFRMP) at a hotel in Mussoorie on Wednesday. The workshop was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Uttarakhand, Trivendra Rawat along with Forest and Environment Minister Harak Singh Rawat and other senior officers by lighting the ceremonial lamp.
A book titled “Walnut Development in Uttarakhand” and “Avnat Vanon Ka Sudharikaran” was released by Chief Minister along with Chief Secretary Ranvir Singh, PPCF Chief Jairaj, Chief Representative JICA Takema Sakamoto, DG MOEFCC Sidhanth Das, Additional Secretary Ranveer Singh and CPD JICA Anup Malik on the occasion.
Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat extending his greetings to the representatives from 13 states participating in 10th JICA National Workshop and training program, he said that the workshop will play an important role in the conservation and augmentation of the forests. He said that the knowledge and experiences shared during the workshop will help in the departments progress and in the management and conservation of the forests.
Chief Minister said that there are around 11000 Van Panchayats. JICA is also funding Van Panchayats. He said that because Himalayan region is marshy, so the problem of landslides is lot and the technical expertise provided by JICA will help in mitigating the landslides in the region. He said that through effective implementation of projects under JICA, forest conservation, curbing land erosion and the improvement in the quality of the soil along by increasing the mineral content can be done. He said that to mitigate the problem of forest fires social participation and awareness needed to be increased and school children should develop affinity and responsibility towards forests. He said that saving forests should be developed as civic sense among the school children and Forest officials should go to schools and take classes on discussing the importance of forests to the school children.
Chief Minister Trivendar Rawat said that the rejuvenation program at Rispana River in Dehradun and Kosi River in Almora has been started in the state. He said for Rispana river said a target of plantation and cleaning the source area has been kept and for that mass scale participation of people will be ensured. This campaign will send a positive message towards conserving environment in the country.
The Uttarakhand forest and environment minister Harak Singh Rawat said that the role of villagers is very important in forest conservation and the attraction towards forests has been part of our culture. MLA Mussoorie Ganesh Joshi, Harak Singh Rawat addressed the people in the workshop. The Vice Chairman Palayan Ayog S.S. Negi said that we should avoid the duplication of the projects being run by various departments to avoid confusion at implementation level.
MLA Munna Singh Chauhan, Additional Chief Secretary Ranvir Singh, Director General Forest Ministry Shri Sidhant Das, Japan International Cooperation Agency senior representative Tori Uemachi were present on the occasion.