Agartala, June 3: An executive-level agreement on 'Participatory Natural Resource Management' has been signed between the Tripura government and the German Development Cooperation (GDC) to enhance the livelihood of forest-dependent communities in the state.
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (APCCF) A K Gupta told UNI here today that the agreement was inked in the presence of Tripura Chief Secretary Sashi Prakash and GDC Senior Project Manager Dr Marcus Stewen last week.
The financial agreement of the project was signed between the Centre and the GDC on May 21 while a separate agreement at the executive level led the way for the formal launching of the project in Tripura.
This was the second externally-aided project in the state after the Japan Bank project which became operational with the association of the state Forest department since 2007.
Although the Indo-German Project was conceived in 2004, it took almost four years of rigorous consultation between the contracting parties before coming up with the final objectives of the project.
The project, under which Germany would provide a grant of 15 million Euros (Rs 140 crore), will be implemented by the Forest department, Mr Gupta said.
According to the plan, the project would be implemented in Dhalai district and part of the North district of the state, in eight blocks while it would cover about 4,490 sq km, comprising 65 per cent forest area and 59 per cent Scheduled Tribe population area.
''The main objective of the project is to improve the natural resource conditions and supporting enhanced livelihood of the forest-dependent communities,'' Mr Gupta said.