Rural / Community Development

  IMG’s Rural / Community Development projects include planning, implementing and evaluating projects on rural development, natural environment / forest management, and community development.

Advisory Service to Bornean Biodiversity Conservation Programme, Malaysia (Feb. 2011 - Mar. 2012)

  The Crocker Range National Park located in the western Sabah State of Malaysia adopted the Community Use Zone (CUZ) in which community members and Sabah Parks (SP, a government division) jointly manage a protected area. By agreement between the community and SP, community members are allowed to utilize a certain amount of resources in the CUZ. An agreement has been reached between the two parties regarding the size of the CUZ, hunting procedures, and the use of pesticides and fertilizers within the CUZ. Under contract with JICA, IMG sent an expert to develop the community’s rules and regulations in the CUZ, strengthen the community organization, and enhance SP’s capacity for designing a management plan.

Advisory Service to Northwest Vietnam Forest Management Project (Jul. - Oct. 2011)

  JICA’s “Project for Sustainable Forest Management in the Northwest Watershed Area” was aimed at establishing a development model in which participatory forest management and livelihood development are mutually sustained in the pilot sites of the Dien Bien Province, Vietnam. The project’s activities include: (1) formulating and implementing a participatory forest management and livelihood development plan; (2) strengthening technical and institutional capacities of implementing agencies; and (3) planning a strategy for disseminating effective approaches and lessons learned from the pilot project. IMG successfully trained counterpart agencies in formulating and implementing the livelihood development plan.

Advisory Service to Ethiopia Forest Management Project (2005 - 2010)

  The “Participatory Forest Management Project in Belete-Gera Regional Forest Priority Area” is being implemented in the Oromia Region, Ethiopia, where deforestation progresses rapidly due to land encroachment, excessive logging, and population growth. Under contract with JICA, IMG sent an expert in rural and community development, who organized and strengthened the Forest Management Group (known as WaBuB), implemented livelihood development activities (including the cultivation and sale of organic coffee), and strengthened the local government’s administrative capacity.

Formulation of a Project for the Economic Reactivation of Rural Afghanistan (Jan. - May 2008)

  The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of Afghanistan had contemplated the possibility of launching programs in agribusiness and livelihood development utilizing local resources to achieve rural development. Under contract with JICA, IMG collected and compiled information on the current status and challenges of local industry and agricultural development. IMG also formulated a project for rural economic reactivation that contributed to the capacity development of local communities.

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