Component 1: Forest Department Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reforms
This component aims at enabling the Assam Forest Department (FD) to enhance its capacity to deal with the new challenges it faces, by streamlining working procedures between Forest Department wings, building capacity of staff, rehabilitating and enhancing existing equipment, enhancing interactions with other departments, suggesting legal reforms, making assessments, updates their dissemination and promoting research and development.
- Streamlining working procedures between FD wings
- Building Capacity of the Staff
- Rehabilitation and enhancing existing infrastructure and equipment
- Enhancing interactions between other departments
- Suggesting legal reforms, making assessments, updates and dissemination
- Promoting Research and Development
Component 2: Multi-Level Strategic Planning
This component aims to develop landscape level integrated management strategies and identify priority areas of intervention through the design of an Assam State level forest strategic plan supported by a landscape level multi-sector assessment. These will be developed, by building on information system, preparing administrative and tenurial boundary layers, appraising human ecological dependency on forest resources, using spatial tools for decision making, creating data bases, adopting a participatory approach, multi level of strategic planning, implementing a strategy for landscape level management, designing a strategy to rationalize the existing protected area network, and launching an integrated / master plan concept.
- Building on information system that include data on biophysical factors, species diversity, populations, location and extent of habitat, impact on riverbank erosion on forest area and major threats to different species.
- Preparing administrative and tenurial boundary layers
- Appraising human ecological dependency on forest resources
- Using spatial tools for decision making
- Creating data bases
- Adopting a participatory approach
- Multi-Level Strategic Planning
- Implementing a strategy of landscape level management
- Designing strategy to rationalize the existing protected area network
- Launching on integrated / Master Plan concept
Component 3: Sustainable Forest Management
To ensure conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, there is need to restore forest ecosystems through forest management in core areas. This is possible through promoting participatory forest management, managing conflict between the population living in interaction with or in zones of influence near to forest, development sustainable fuel-wood production and promotion of alternatives to minimize use of wood in meeting domestic energy needs.
- Managing Forest in core areas
- Promoting participatory forest management
- Managing Man Animal Conflicts
- Developing sustainable fuel wood production and promotion of alternatives
Component 4: Adding Value and opening markets opportunities
This component include value addition for forests and biodiversity goods and services by promoting forest goods, adding value to local production, developing livelihood alternatives, promoting capacity building and training, marketing and labeling products, and developing carbon finance.
- Promoting forest goods
- Adding value to local production
- Developing livelihood alternatives
- Promoting capacity building and training
- Marketing and labelling products
Component 5: Project Management
To implement the above components, the project envisages project administration and its management, phasing workshops, communication and documentation, monitoring and evaluation and technical assistance.
- Project Running Costs: Governance, Procurement, Transportation
- Phasing Workshops – Inception, End of Phase I, Final Implementation Workshop
- Communication and Documentation
- Monitoring and Evaluation – Financial and Accounts Audit, Technical Audit, Quality Assurance
- Technical Assistance – International and National Consulting Services