JICA is an independent governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance (ODA) for the Government of Japan.
chosen for the biodiversity conservation project as JICA felt that the State
had unique flora and fauna that deserved attention. JICA treated the Sikkim project
as its flagship biodiversity program which would serve as a model for other
States of India and other parts of the world," said Vineet Sarin,
Principal Development Specialist, JICA. Sikkim
The JICA team also met various self-help groups and interacted with youth from the region.
The scheme has already been implemented in Okhrey, Kitam and Dzongu villages in West and
"I see lots of potential in Sikkim, it has a beautiful diversity. In the field of eco-tourism, local can share to tourist and get a benefit from them," said Miho Horikawa, representative, JICA .
This project will cover key areas of biodiversity conservation, eco tourism and scientific management of forest areas with active involvement of local communities.
It will help local people who are dependent on forests and will promote biodiversity conservation in the state. (ANI)