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FES India: ECO conducted two important state-level workshops

20.12.2023

Recently, two significant state-level workshops were convened in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, and Dehradun, Uttarakhand, as part of ECO's commitment to incentive-based mechanisms (IbM) for the GIZ project "Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystem Services (FES)" in India. These gatherings brought together key stakeholders from various sectors, including forestry, planning, tourism, civil aviation, rural development, horticulture, irrigation, public health (IPH), the Himalayan Forest Research Institute, UNDP, JICA, KfW, and local NGOs.

In Shimla, notable speakers such as Dr. Ravindra Singh, Director of the Indo-German Biodiversity Programme, and Dr. Basu Sood, Advisor to the Planning Department, Government of Himachal Pradesh, addressed crucial topics. They explored the interdependencies of different departments for the sustainable conservation and management of forests, underscoring the significance of incentive-based mechanisms for sustainable forest management and the preservation of ecosystem services. The consultation workshop in Dehradun was chaired by the UK state government and the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Forestry. Both events aimed to secure support from relevant departments and state government agencies for the implementation of prioritized IbM through cross-sectoral collaboration agreements.

Discussions during the workshops encompassed various topics, including revenue sharing, enhancing local income and employment opportunities, and mechanisms for financing conservation. Colleague Martin Schweter (pictured) and the local team of experts from ECO Consult presented practical and scalable IbM solutions to participants. Technical support and oversight for the assignment were provided by ECO Consult's in-house forestry expert, Dr. Stefan Mann.

Photo: GIZ FES project India

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