Local Community Involvement in Natural Resources Management of NE Region
Thursday, 6 September 2012
New Delhi (ABC Live) The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Mr. Paban Singh Ghatowar has said that North East Rural Livelihoods Project (NERLP) will involve local community in Forest & Natural Resources Management.
NERLP envisages empowering and enabling traditional institutions and building modern management capacities within them. The communities will be able to develop new resource management plans that address forest conservation and livelihood issues and also protect biodiversity in a manner that respect indigenous rights to natural resources and livelihood needs.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Mr. Ghatowar said, procedure for identifying and sanctioning community based natural resource management programme in States covered under NERLP namely, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura, will include supporting community efforts for intensifying land productivity, especially in sites where terracing and irrigation are possible.
Agro forestry system with a mix of commercial products including timber, fibre, spice, and medicinal plant will help to generate income, taking pressure of steeper slopes and allowing for longer fallow periods in areas of jhum (shifting cultivation). Development of water sources, both surface and ground water resources, like springs, ponds, natural flows, managing watersheds will be taken up.
Conduct of Impact Assessment Studies through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) shall be carried out during the consolidation phase of Project, the Minister added.