Biodiversity Management

This subcomponent aims to strengthen the Forest Department?s in-house capacity related to biodiversity conservation as well as wildlife management. A few ACFs will receive extensive training for them to act as the key players for biodiversity conservation and to prepare themselves as the future leaders in the Forest Department. The Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun will be considered as a candidate organization to send selected officers from the Forest Department for both short- and long-term trainings under the Project. 

There are Three types of trainings as follows.
  • a three-week course on protected area management for selected IFS and SFS officers;
  • a nine-month post graduate diploma course for two ACFs; and,
  • a three-month certificate course for selected ROs and BOs.

In addition, an overseas training program will be planned for selected officers at the CCF, CF, DFO and ACF levels. The training program is planned for 14 days. Japan will be considered as a candidate for the hosting the training because of its expertise in protected area management, including natural resource management, management of national parks, and ecotourism.

In case overseas training in other advanced countries are justified, such overseas training might be taken into account during the course of the project. The main purpose of the training will be to expose the selected officers to skills, techniques, and technology available outside Sikkim and to strengthen their capacity as planners and managers in forest management and biodiversity conservation.