Posted on 13 Jan, 2021 by Bianca Schlegel

A website for the Community-based Sustainable Forest Management for Water Resource Conservation in Manipur (CSOFOM) project was officially launched by the Hon'ble Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Awangbow Newmai in Imphal, Manipur on January 8th, 2021. Through the website , the project will regularly inform about its activities and progress.

COSFOM is a development project of the Government of India (GoI) supported by the Federal Government of Germany through KfW within the context of the Indo-German program on Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalaya. The project is implemented by the Manipur Forest Department (MFD, the Project Executing Agency) and managed by the Community Forestry and Water Conservation Society-Manipur (CF&WCS-M) with support by GFA Consulting Group in consortium with Unique forestry and land use and IORA Ecological solutions.

The project aims at improving or sustainably restoring climate resilience of upper watershed ecosystems and increasing the adaptive capacity of forest dependent communities through sustainable forest management and water resource conservation. The project is working in three catchment areas and aims at delivering four results: (1) Participatory watershed planning, coordination and monitoring; (2) restoration and sustainable management of upper watersheds; (3) security and improvements of livelihoods; and (4) capacity building for community based watershed management.

The launching event was also attended by MH Khan, Additional Chief Secretary and Chairman Community Forestry & Water Conservation Society-Manipur (CF&WCS-M), K Angami, IFS, PCCF&HOFF, officers and staffs of the Manipur Forest Department including Lamkhosei Baite, PCCF and Project Director (CF&WCS-M), Aditya Joshi, PCCF & Chief Wildlife Warden, N Sonzalian, Additional PD (CF&WCS-M), Konthoujam Hrishikesh Singh, Assistant Chief Technical Advisor, GFA among others.

The event was also covered in various newspapers in India:
Project in brief