A team of experts from Japan recently visited remote areas of Sikkim to review work on a biodiversity conservation and forest management project.
Representatives of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) interacted with members of the Joint Forest Management Committee and reviewed their work in Sikkim, which is known for its rich biodiversity.
JICA is an independent governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance (ODA) for the Government of Japan.
"Sikkim was chosen for the biodiversity conservation project as JICA felt that the State had unique flora and fauna that deserved attention. JICA treated the Sikkim project as its flagship biodiversity program which would serve as a model for other States of India and other parts of the world," said Vineet Sarin, Principal Development Specialist, JICA.
The JICA team also met various self-help groups and interacted with youth from the region.
Ten villages in Sikkim are being targeted for the development of eco-tourism.
The scheme has already been implemented in Okhrey, Kitam and Dzongu villages in West and North Sikkim.
"I see lots of potential in Sikkim, it has a beautiful diversity. In the field of eco-tourism, local can share to tourist and get a benefit from them," said Miho Horikawa, representative, JICA .
This project will cover key areas of biodiversity conservation, eco tourism and scientific management of forest areas with active involvement of local communities.
It will help local people who are dependent on forests and will promote biodiversity conservation in the state. (ANI)