Participatory Process

The CMPA project works at the national and at the state level towards the development and demonstration of implementable models for participatory conservation and management of biodiversity.

 

The target groups are the local population in selected coastal pilot areas, staff from relevant government authorities at local and state level, as well as specialised institutions with a mandate of training future officers in line departments in charge of managing protected areas. Locally well embedded NGOs, private companies and local councils are involved as intermediary institutions.
 

 

- Blue Whale Rescued in Maharashtra by the Programme Associates of GIZ project, local NGO- SNM and Forest Guards 

 

Key Highlights of the CMPA project :

 

·  Formation of Biodiversity Management Committees at local level to document traditional knowledge in the form of People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs), eventually to help in the establishment of Biodiversity Heritage Sites.

 

·  Assisting the Maharashtra Forest Department in establishing a wildlife sanctuary in an urban context for the protection water birds, especially flamingos.

 

·  Assisting the Gujarat Forest Department in declaring important wetlands as protected sites under the Ramsar Convention.

 

·  Assisting local populations in Maharashtra to use a homestay model to encourage turtle conservation

 

·  Inclusion of new curricula in the regular training programs for present and future officers, both senior and field staff of the forest departments dealing with the protection of coastal and marine biodiversity. This is achieved in cooperation with Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) and the Department of Forest Education (DFE). 

 

·  Development of training handbooks and trainer’s manuals for practising journalists, graduate and post-graduate media students, with the aim to integrate issues relevant to coastal and marine biodiversity and protected area management into existing curricula.

 

·  Devising dedicated information, education and communication programmes at all project sites involving local partners, stakeholders and civil society for enhanced knowledge and sensitisation on conservation of biodiversity in coastal and marine areas. 

 

·  Setting up of state-of-the-art interpretation cum education centres in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat with a view to create awareness on coastal biodiversity. 

 

·  Supporting research projects and disseminating information on a range of biodiversity issues of national importance: assessment of marine national parks, importance and management of seagrass, conservation of marine mammals in Indian seas and participatory management of diverse estuaries.

 

·  Assisting the Maharashtra Forest Department in establishing a wildlife sanctuary in an urban context for the protection water birds, especially flamingos.

 

·  Assisting the Gujarat Forest Department in declaring important wetlands as protected sites under the Ramsar Convention.

 

·  Assisting local populations in Maharashtra to use a homestay model to encourage turtle conservation

 

·  Inclusion of new curricula in the regular training programs for present and future officers, both senior and field staff of the forest departments dealing with the protection of coastal and marine biodiversity. This is achieved  in cooperation with Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) and the Department of Forest Education (DFE). 

 

·  Development of training handbooks and trainer’s manuals for practising journalists, graduate and post-graduate  media students, with the aim to integrate issues relevant to coastal and marine biodiversity and protected area management into existing curricula.

 

·  Devising dedicated information, education and communication programmes at all project sites involving local partners, stakeholders and civil society for enhanced knowledge and sensitisation on conservation of biodiversity in coastal and marine areas. 

 

·  Setting up of state-of-the-art interpretation cum education centres in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat with a view to create awareness on coastal biodiversity. 

 

· Supporting research projects and disseminating information on a range of biodiversity issues of national importance: assessment of marine national parks, importance and management of seagrass, conservation of marine mammals in Indian seas and participatory management of diverse estuaries.

 

To read more about the CMPA project, please click on the following CMPA Project Brief

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