NERCORMP-IFAD project interventions, such as training programmes, workshops on comprehensive forest management, biodiversity conservation and jhum, fallow management, introduction of participatory land use planning through the use of 3D models of their area, and others have enabled the communities to visualize the total village area, natural resources within and around the village, land use system, and so on. This has made the community realize the importance and values of bringing more forest areas (including fallow land) under community conservation and also the need to increase the jhum cycle.
As per the community’s views the following reflect the importance of biodiversity conservation:
i) Availability of water throughout the season, for kitchen garden, terrace development, minor irrigation and drinking water.
ii) Availability of wild vegetables and other NTFP for self-consumption and sale.
iii) Availability of firewood in time of need and requirement.
iv) A healthy environment and improvement in local climatic condition around the village area due to increased forest cover.
v) Increased income from kitchen garden and terrace development.
vi) Less dependence on jhum, thus making time available for additional off-farm activities such as piggery, petty business, and so on.
vii) Elimination of hajira (daily wage labour) outside the village, particularly for women.
viii) Gains in human, social, physical and natural assets of the individuals and the community as a whole.