As the first concrete step under the Indo-French Joint declaration on “Indo-Pacific Parks Partnership” launched in February by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, a one-day workshop was organised in Guwahati on Monday by Assam Project on Forest and Biodiversity Conservation (APFBC).

The Park and Biodiversity Partnership has been declared the first deliverable under the Indo-Pacific Park Partnership (or I3P) between India and France, a joint initiative launched on February 20, 2022.

The workshop presented a macro picture of the multi-scale approach to the APFBC Phase-I and Phase-II that have been taken to achieve healthier ecosystems and happier communities.

Co-financed by Assam Forest Department and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), it is one such initiative that aims to improve forest and biodiversity governance/management in Assam, as well as enhance the lives and livelihoods of local communities while accelerating progress in gender equality and building climate resilience.

The success of Phase-I and the objective of empowering more communities led the AFD and the state government to renew the project for another five years.

Growing environmental pressures keep presenting new challenges that require to be addressed through tailored approaches keeping in mind the local circumstances.

In light of the region’s changing needs, the state government is implementing various initiatives/projects to respond effectively to those needs, secure a balance between effective conservation outcomes and local development agendas, and most importantly, foster partnerships that support the ambitious global goals on Sustainable Development.

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