WASHINGTON, August 4, 2009 - The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved the following project:
GEF Grant: US$ 7.49 million
Project ID: P112061
Project Description: The Sustainable Land, Water and Biodiversity Conservation, and Management for Improved Livelihoods in Uttarakhand Watershed Sector Project for India aims to improve the productive potential of natural resources and increase incomes of rural inhabitants in selected watersheds through socially inclusive, institutionally and environmentally sustainable approaches. The additional financing aims at scaling-up and mainstreaming the outcome of the activities under the Uttarakhand Decentralized Watershed Management Project (UDWDP) and enhancing their sustainability by restoring and sustaining ecosystem functions and biodiversity while simultaneously enhancing income and livelihood functions. The lessons learned from these activities will be scaled up and mainstreamed at state and national levels. The project encompasses three themes: (i) community participation in watershed development and management aimed at integrating land-water use with the objectives of moisture retention and biomass production, while simultaneously enhancing incomes and livelihood options; (ii) strengthening administrative capacity of Gram Panchayats to manage project financial resources, implement sub-projects, deliver legally mandated service, and to sustain those services beyond the duration of the project; and (iii) ensuring equitable participation by all groups, especially the landless and women who rely disproportionately on common resources for fodder, fuel, and other forest products.
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