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Manipur launches ‘COSFOM’ website for Community Forest Management 

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Manipur Forest Minister Awangbow Newmai launches COSFOM Website

On January 8, 2021, Awangbow Newbai, Minister for Forest, Environment & Climate Change, Manipur launched a website for Community-based Sustainable Forest Management for Water Resource Conservation in Manipur (COSFOM) – at the Forest Headquarters, Sanjenthong, Manipur.

i.COSFOM is a component under Indo-German Programme ‘Climate Change Adaption in the Himalaya’.

ii.It is a project of the Government of India supported by the Federal Government of Germany through KfW, a German development bank.

iii.Manipur Forest Department is the implementing agency and it is managed by Community Forestry and Water Conservation Society-Manipur (CF & WCS).

Gist of the Project:

i.The Indo-German Project focuses on sustainable community forestry, soil & Water conservation.

ii.Initially the project will cover 2 districts – Ukhrul & Kangpokpi divisions.

iii.The project employs a community-based & holistic approach to improve and conserve water resources.

iv.The project aims to

  • Improve Climate resilience of upper watershed ecosystems
  • Improve capacity of forest dependent communities through sustainable forest management
  • Restore close-to-nature stream management
  • Improve spring shed development & Biodiversity conservation

v.It also aims to enhance sustainable livelihood strategies, income generation opportunities and peace & conflict assessment.

Consent of the Community:

Every transaction and activities have to be carried out only after the approval/consent of the community.

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About Manipur:

Capital – Imphal
Chief Minister – N. Biren Singh

About KfW Bank:

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Gunther Braunig
Headquarters – Frankfurt, Germany