Ukhrul: The Rainforest Biodiversity of Phalee (RBP) a small community-based organisation from Manipur’s Phalee village, Ukhrul is selected for a United Nations Development Programme Project (UNDP)- North East India Bio- Cultural Conservation Initiative.
Dr. Ng Ngashangva member of Rainforest Biodiversity of Phalee told Ukhrul Times that it is one of the first UNDP project ever selected from Phalee village, Ukhrul district through competitions and merits.
“I am hopeful that this will impart knowledge and awareness that a local action can go the distance and bring hope to our society on Environment and Biodiversity Conservation. It will also throw light on the society that small local action is very very important for global climate actions. It will encourage our society to work hard with sincerity and integrity,” Dr. Ng Ngashangva added.
According to RBP, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing the North East India Bio-Cultural Conservation Initiative to support community-based conservation initiatives in the Eight states of North-east India towards implementation of Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs). OECMs are a new conservation approach outside protected areas, where effective biodiversity conservation is one of the outcomes. The Initiative is funded by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Federal Republic of Germany. The Project number and Title is 00119975 Seventh Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme in India.
The Initiative will aim to strengthen actions for enhancing local livelihoods, biodiversity conservation, and socio-ecological resilience against pandemic-like shocks. Community-based conservation initiatives, including OECMs, have the potential to ensure long-term positive outcomes for vulnerable communities in North East India.
Also read | Senapati doctors stage sit-in-protest to press demands
Rainforest Biodiversity of Phalee (RBP) is one of the selected grantees from 59 competitors of North-East India for the UNDP North-East India Bio-Cultural Conservation Initiative. The RBP will work on the project titled: Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Indigenous Herbs and Medicinal Plants. RBP is a
community-based organisation in Phalee village. RBP works on Biodiversity-documentation, monitoring, education, and climate actions. It works on regeneration, preservation, and conservation of environment. RBP along with Phalee BMC has documented more than 3.5K flora and fauna of our region and curate in their micro-site. Some of the main features of the RBP works are “Local Actions with Global Significance”
and “Leaving No One Behind”. They are Nature-base solution, and a part of UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). RBP heavily relies on traditional knowledge to bring us closer to nature and to derived benefits from nature ecosystem services.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a United Nations agency tasked with helping countries eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth and human development. It is the largest UN development aid agency, with offices in 170 countries and territories. The UNDP’s mission, goals, and mandate are to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. The UNDP emphasizes local capacity building toward long-term self-sufficiency and prosperity. It administers projects to attract investment, technical training, and technological development and provides experts to help build legal and political institutions and expand the private sector.
The objective of the UNDP project is to orient the grantees about the Initiative, aims and objectives, themes, communications and monitoring expectations, and expected results. The project will strengthen and ensure that the grantees achieve their respective proposed targets, ultimately contributing to the overall expected outcomes of the Initiative.