West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project (ID-P 223)

Executing Agency: West Bengal Forest Department

Funding Agency: Japan International Cooperation Agency

Based on the Exchange of Notes between the Government of Japan and Government of India (GOI), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended a loan to implement the “West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project” (WBFBC Project or Project). The objective of the Project is to improve forest ecosystem, conserve biodiversity and improve livelihood means by undertaking afforestation, regeneration, wildlife management and income generation activities through Joint Forest Management approach, including institutional capacity development, thereby contributing to environmental conservation and harmonized socio-economic development of West Bengal. The Loan Agreement was signed on 29th March 2012 between JICA and the Government of India. The Executing Agency on behalf of GOI is West Bengal Forest Department (WBFD), through the West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Society.

The Project is of 8 years duration, starting from 2012‐13 to 2019‐20 in consideration of capacities of stakeholders and time required to conduct activities in sustainable manners. The project is divided into 3 phases; Preparatory Phase ‐ 2 years (2012‐13 to 2013‐14) , Implementation Phase ‐4 Years (2014‐15 to 2017‐18) & Consolidation (Closing) Phase ‐2 Years (2018‐19 to 2019‐20).

The Project is proposed to be implemented all over the State of West Bengal.

The activities to be undertaken in the Project have been put under the following components or Packages:

Component Project Target Area
Afforestation 30 Division
Biodiversity Conservation 17 Division, 8 Protected Areas
Community Development 550 FPCs/50EDCs in 23 Divisions
Institutional Capacity Development Entire State
Consulting Services For the Project, to assist PMU

All project activities at the village level will be undertaken in Joint Forest Management (JFM) mode. The 600 targeted FPCs/EDCs are to be selected in batches, based on the stipulated criteria. Services of local NGOs shall be sought to catalyze inputs of civil society for long term sustainability of the project activities.