HP Forest Department

Rs. 316 crore HP Forest Eco System Climate Proofing Project to cover 600 panchayats of Chamba, Kangra

SHIMLA- A High Powered review meeting on HP Forest Eco System Climate Proofing Project was held yesterday in New Delhi to expedite the implementation of German Development Bank (KfW) funded Rs. 316 crore ambitious project to be implemented in two districts i.e. Kangra and Chamba of Himachal Pradesh.

This project has been envisaged in German Collaboration with the objective of minimizing and mitigating the negative impact of climate change, resulting in an increase in biodiversity and sustained income in rural areas through sustainable management of forest resources.

Himachal Forest Minster said that there was a need to resolve issues with a view to expedite the implementation of the project to utilize funds according to the terms and conditions.

Forest in the State provide vital global public goods in the form of biodiversity and ecosystem services and the critical growth sectors of the State-tourism and hydropower generation depend on sustainable management of the forest resources,

he added.

It was decided in the meeting that the cluster of villages would be selected in about 600 panchayats of Chamba and Kangra Districts to implement the project as per HP participatory Forest Management Regulations 2001. State Level Steering Committee would also be constituted to monitor the progress of the implementation of the project.

Vice Chairman of HP Forest Development Corporation also raised the issues of mutual interests of the people of the area and assured the team of experts that efforts would be made to successfully implement the project in a time-bound manner with the help of rural folk of the area.

Forest Minister also chaired a review meeting of recently signed Technical Cooperation Project of Rs. 38 crore with GIZ with the main focus to develop and share good practices developed in the field of Ecosystem Services Management approach with Govt. of India and other Himalayan States.

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