CS-led team undertakes exposure visit to Japan

CS-led team
Wed, May 22, 2019

SE Report
A team of six officials from Sikkim led by the chief secretary A.K. Shrivastava undertook a study cum exposure visit to Japan from May 14 to 20. The visit by the team comprising Forest department PCCF-cum-secretary M.L. Srivastava and chief project director under JICA assisted Sikkim Biodiversity Forest Conservation and Management Project was to gain exposure and knowledge on forest management, biodiversity conservation, ecotourism promotion, cultural tourism activities as practised in Japan and to replicate good practices followed in Japan as per the suitability in Sikkim, an official release informs.
The Sikkim delegation had a meeting with the officials of JICA at JICA Headquarters  in Tokyo, Japan on May 15. The meeting was attended by JICA director general Shdrei Hara and his team and Sikkim chief secretary, PCCF, JICA-SBFP project director N.W. Tamang and others.
The Sikkim officials highlighted the achievements made by the State government on environmental front such as declaration of Kangchendzonga National Park as UNESCO World Heritage Site under mixed category, declaration of Sikkim as the first organic State of the world and achievements made in the field of education, health, tourism among others.
The achievements made in increase of forest cover in Sikkim and contribution of the interventions through SBFP-JICA Project, infrastructure development for the department and Ecotourism, Biodiversity Conservation and people participation in the management of forests were also shared. The JICA officials expressed satisfaction over financial achievement made under SBFP-JICA Project and insisted on the timely completion of SBFP-JICA Project in Sikkim.
The best practices learnt in Japan will be replicated in Sikkim with modification to the local context and the different sectors like forests, wildlife, biodiversity and ecotourism will be considered for implementation of such practices. The consultation and coordination from the line departments will also be considered to implement the best practices learnt in Japan, the release adds.

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