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  Issue no. 11 | January 2021  
  Indo-German Biodiversity Programme Newsletter  
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  This newsletter shares project updates and thematic news from our programme
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  Dear Reader,

As we regain our footing from the challenges of 2020, we hope to look forward to a year of healthy global recovery and a renewed relationship with nature to mitigate the risks of a similar pandemic in the future. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored our utter dependence on healthy ecosystems for our health and wellbeing. The worldwide shift in attitude towards biodiversity loss and conservation has been a strong move from c’est la vie (that’s life) to a more active carpe diem (seize the day). Countries across the world have pledged to bend the curve on biodiversity loss by 2030 and build a future in harmony with nature by 2050. We hope this momentum translates into adopting a transformational global biodiversity framework at the CBD COP15 later this year.

Our eleventh issue of the newsletter and the first one for 2021 features stories about interventions and lessons learnt from two Indo-German projects that ended last year- ‘Access and Benefit Sharing Partnership’ and ‘Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Services’. We thank you for your continuous support and welcome your valuable feedback towards further improving our engagement with you.

Stay safe and healthy.


Warmly,
Editors
 
   
 
Updates from the Projects
» Access and Benefit-Sharing Partnership
» Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Services
» Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation
» Private Business Action for Biodiversity
» Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection
Spotlight
» Capacity Development of Biodiversity Management Committees in India
» Engaging communities to manage Forest Ecosystem Services
Upcoming Events
About the Programme
 
  Updates from the Projects  
 
Access and Benefit-Sharing Partnership
Dr V.B Mathur, Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority, at the event
 
Partnerships for ABS in India
The virtual closing event of the four-year project on 15 December 2020 served as a platform to share experiences and lessons learnt from the implementation of ABS in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, the private sector and at India level.
 
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Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Services
Pine-needle artefacts designed by the community ©GIZ/Harish Kumar
 
Training Communities on Marketing Handicrafts
Following the capacity development programme on making pine needle artefacts for the community of Pathrevi, Himachal Pradesh, a virtual training was organised on 6 December 2020 on developing a marketing strategy for the products.
 
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Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation
Forests of North Bengal ©GIZ/Neeraj Khera
 
Project Commences Pilot Implementation of Advance Zero Draft of Guidelines on HWC Mitigation. The online workshop on 21 December 2020 focused on the plan and toolkit for pilot implementation from Jan 2021 with all key stakeholders.
 
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Private Business Action for Biodiversity
©GIZ/Maria Elena Cruz
 
Financial incentives for a biodiversity-friendly future
Discussions at the Global Landscape Forum Biodiversity Digital Conference focused on bringing successful approaches to scale and linking COVID-19 response measures to finance a biodiversity-friendly future.
 
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Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection
Bhitarkanika mangroves, Odisha ©GIZ/Debojyoti Mukherjee
 
Green recovery measures in Odisha
The project will support the implementation of livelihood-oriented conservation and restoration activities, and training of communities in alternative sustainable livelihoods in Bhitarkanika, Odisha.
 
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  Spotlight  
 
Capacity Development of Biodiversity Management Committees
Lessons from the 'Access and Benefit Sharing Partnership' project in India (2016-20)
There are over 2.6 lakh Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) established under the Biodiversity Act across 28 states and 4 union territories in India, covering a diverse range of habitats and ecosystems across 10 bio-geographical zones. With such a large number of BMCs, and complex, technical tasks involved, a well-planned, coordinated capacity-building strategy is essential to enable members to perform their mandated functions. This article presents an overview of approaches and tools for capacity-building, lessons learnt, and success stories from the 'Access and Benefit Sharing Partnership' project implemented in three states: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand from 2016-2020.
 
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Participatory village resource mapping exercise in Uttarakhand ©GIZ/Pradeep Mehta
Engaging communities to manage Forest Ecosystem Services
Integrating the Forest Ecosystem Services approach in Himachal Pradesh
The extent to which a society benefits from an ecosystem is driven jointly by the capacity of the ecosystem to ‘supply’ the services and the ‘demand’ or use of those services by the beneficiaries. Prioritising specific Forest Ecosystem Services (FES) and managing their efficient supply is required to ensure the flow of services which are of utmost importance to the key stakeholders. The shift towards FES exemplifies the role of forests in improving and maintaining livelihoods. The 'Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Services' (HP-FES) project aimed to integrate the FES approach into the forest management systems of Himachal Pradesh in 9 demonstration sites and implemented this approach systematically to ensure the long-term delivery of specific FES.
 
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Community meeting at Loharlari to understand the zone-wise management map of prioritised FES ©GIZ/Aashima Negi
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  Upcoming Events  
 
World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2021
»  https://www.worldwetlandsday.org/
World Radio Day, 13 February 2021
»  https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldradioday
World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2021
»  https://www.wildlifeday.org/
International Women's Day, 8 March 2021
»  https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day
International Day of Forests, 21 March 2021
»  http://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/
World Water Day, 22 March 2021
»  https://www.worldwaterday.org/
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  About the Programme  
 
  IGBP
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, in partnership with GIZ India is implementing the Indo-German Biodiversity Programme (IGBP).

Commissioned in India on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the programme addresses the challenges of biodiversity conservation in five projects:

• Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)
• Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Services (HPFES)
• Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation (HWC)
• Private Business Action for Biodiversity (PBAB)
Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection
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