Updated 8 May 2022, 3:21 am
A team of Community based Sustainable Forest Management for Water Resources Conservation, Manipur (COSFOM) and Germany based Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaubbau (KWF) inspected community projects at Choithar and Shirui village under Ukhrul assembly constituency on Saturday.
The team reviewed progress of the ongoing projects initiated at these two villages and held an interactive session with the local Water Resource Conservative Committee, villagers and self help groups to oversee the progress of the project.
COSFOM-KFW team inpected, reviewed and held interactive sessions with the members of the community-based nursery and other livelihood projects it had initiated.
Meanwhile, Water Resources Conservative Committee Group and self help groups of Choithar village had apprised the visiting team for prompt release of funds to leverage and streamline the project.
COSFOM-KFW had initiated a community nursery in 2019-20. Its targeted capacity is to plant 50,000 seedlings, including Quercus SPP, Castanopsis SPP and Cedrella Tooma.
Water Resources Conservative Committee Group (WRCG) Choithar had constructed a water tank under COSFOM-KWF (Indo-German) project in 2019-20.
At Shirui village, it has initiated tree plantations and community nursery projects while self-help groups are engaged in piggery, farming and projects.
Speaking to the Imphal Free Press, one Asem, a resident of Ukhrul town urged the villagers in the district to implement any community projects initiated by the NGOs effectively.
“Several NGOs have come up with good projects but we as a community must ensure that the projects are implemented effectively keeping in mind the long term perspective,” he said.
The project was first started in October 2019 after the village decided to take up water conservation and forest regeneration in catchment areas under the project ‘Community Based Sustainable Forest Management for Water Resources Conservation in Manipur.’
They received funds for construction of water reservoirs, central nursery, tree plantation, aided natural regeneration, and livelihood projects for local self help groups.
The villagers have taken up the project with the hope that it will benefit and bring changes in the economy of the community.
However, the project funds were withheld for two years much to their dismay. To resolve the issue, they had urged the NGOs concerned to revive the projects.
The programme was attended by project manager Jack Eric Voss; portfolio manager, Natural Resources and Climate Asia Jonas Mueller; procurement expert, Shanngam S (IFS) Lydia Prymachenko; senior sector specialist, KFW office, New Delhi Sangeetha Aggarwal; sector specialist, KFW, office, New Delhi Saravan Kumar Veerasivam; CTA, GFA Manohar Shrestha; ACTA, GFA Hrishikesh Singh; DFO Ukhrul Shanngam; AO/ DFO Thoubal Lokendro Singh and self help group members.
First published:8 May 2022, 1:33 am
IFP Correspondent, Ukhrul, Manipur