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  • MAGIP participates in the 6th NEAT Fest in Shillong, Meghalaya, India

    MAGIP Team at the Shillong NEAT Fest
    MAGIP Team at the Shillong NEAT Fest

    North East Agro Trade (NEAT) Fest is an annual event held to market different community based products from the North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) areas. The project covers ten districts of the four states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur. The project’s headquarter is based at Shillong in Meghalaya state. NERCORMP is a livelihood and rural development project aimed to transform the lives of the poor and marginalized tribal families in North East(NE) India. It is a joint developmental initiative of the North Eastern Region, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Government of India and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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  • Training on GIS and GPS underway at UWICE

    1Training on Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) is underway at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. The forestry extension staffs from 20 dzongkhags are attending the course.

    The training is provided with the objective to provide hands on skill on GPS and GIS to field staffs. The eight days training will end with awarding certificate to the participants on 19 September 2014.  The Institute is aiming to provide equal opportunities in various trainings to our extension staffs.

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  • Community Forest Handing Over at Tendruk

    1The introduction of Community Forestry (CF) program in Bhutan is a courageous, innovative and promising step towards participatory forest management and this has been well recognized throughout the world as a successful people centered program.

    The FNCR 2006 provides a clear regulation of the CF and the process of handing over forest to the local communities by forming management groups called Community Forest Management Groups (CFMGs). This Rule defines community forest as a part of national forest handed over to a CFMG for its development, protection, conservation, and utilization for collective benefits. The government transfers responsibility to CFMG for managing the national forest and the right to use forest products in a sustainable way with the ultimate objective of improving livelihoods of rural communities. The CFMGs have been recognized as social institutions, legal entities and self-governing autonomous bodies which have legal rights to formulate their constitutions (legal documents based on which they operate) and to take decisions regarding CF management.

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  • A Tiger’s doll, Monkey’s fear

    Tiger doll placed high up on a tree nearby the maize field
    Tiger doll placed high up on a tree nearby the maize field

    Just drive through the winding road from Yonkala to Thridangbi village under Saling Geog, Mongar Dzongkhag, one might see bountiful maize field located either adjacent to their houses or forested areas. Maize in these villages is one of the main cash crops grown normally twice in a year. They earn cash income by selling maize to the road travelers in the form of beaten maize (Tangma), raw corn (Ashoom) or powdered maize (Tangma bokpee).

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