Assam to undertake forest conservation project with French assistance

PTI Guwahati | Updated on March 05, 2012 Published on March 05, 2012

A project on forest and biodiversity conservation is on the anvil in Assam with assistance from the French Development Agency at an estimated cost of 60 million euros.

With Assam being one of the bio-diversity hotspots in the country, a coordinated approach for conserving the biological heritage with the involvement of research institutions, academicians and civil society was necessary.

The new project will go a long way in fulfilling this aim, official sources said.

Another pilot project for natural resource management and integrated livelihood under World Bank funding, launched in 2007 in two forest divisions, has now been expanded to nine forest divisions, the sources said.

As the State has a huge forest cover, a number of schemes have been taken up for increasing tree coverage and in the current financial year, 11,592 hectares of plantation and 127 saplings are targeted to be raised.

On the raging man-animal conflict that has taken a toll on wildlife, the Government in an effort to reduce the menace, proposed to erect solar-powered fencing in and around the reserve forest areas, the sources said.

Published on March 05, 2012
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