Guwahati, Oct 28: United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and Aaranyak, a biodiversity conservation society with 31 years of experience working in various parts in North Eastern Region (NER) of India, are jointly implementing a project for livelihood promotion through landscape conservation for six months in Dhansiri-Sikaridanga JFMC man-made forest and 13 fringe villages at Bhairabkunda, in Udalguri district bordering Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan.
In this regards, an inception workshop for the project was conducted at Maibra Camp of the JFMC, involving government organization, NGOs and think-tank to ensure consultation on the activities of the project prior to its implementation.
The event was graced by Rihon Daimari, Minister of PHE, Public Enterprise, Government of Assam, Prakash Ranjan Gharphalia, Deputy Commissioner Udalguri district, John Borgoyary, Northeast Regional Head, UNDP, Naba Kumar Bordoloi, DFO Dhansiri Forest Division, Rohiteswa, Commandant SSB 23 Bn Lalpool, Dipak Medhi, SDO Agriculture, Udalguri, Dr Sangeeta Boro, Block Veterinary Officer; Jayanta Kumar Das, Honorary Wildlife Warden, Udalguri among others.
The officials of Dhansiri-Sikaridanga JFMC were also present in the meeting where Tata Daimari, secretary of the JFMC spoked about the history of its man-made forest. He informed that human-elephant conflict had significantly reduced in this year in Udalaguri district because of this man-made forest.
The project will be headed by Dr Bibhuti Prasad Lahkar, Programme Secretary of Aaranyak and the team will involve Jayanta Kumar Pathak, Manager, Environment Education & Capacity Building of Aarnyak, Jayanta Kumar Sarma, livelihood specialist and two field coordinators from Aaranyak.
The project aims to improve resilience among migrated youths, community collectives and micro-entrepreneurs to combat loss of livelihood due to COVID-19 through income generation activities, capacity building and skill upgradation on selected livelihood options, and collectivization for conservation of natural landscape.
The top priority of the project is to support members of Dhansiri-Sikaridanga JFMC and nearby villages which are dependent upon the natural resources of Dhansiri-Sikaridanga JFMC. Through this project piggery, dragon fruit orchards and poly house for vegetable cultivation will be provided to the beneficiaries along with training for mushroom in collaboration with Bodoland University, Kokhrajhar. A team of Green Cadre will also be trained to spearhead conservation efforts in this locality.