Guwahati: A 50 million euro project agreement was signed between a French Development Agency (AFD) led by Hon’ble Ambassador of France Emmanuel Lenain and Assam Government on 4th November to restore the forest ecosystem and preserve the biodiversity in Assam.
The agreement was signed in the presence of the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain and Assam Environment & Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya in Guwahati.
The signing marked the launch of the second phase of Assam Project for Forest and Biodiversity Conservation (APFBC). This phase aims to skill the members of 135 additional communities in different trades along with reforesting an additional 12,000 hectares of land. The phase is also expected to continue for 5 years.
Assam’s forests are currently one of the thirty five biodiversity hotspots which are the only natural habitats of the Asiatic one horned rhino and around 1300 varieties of wildlife.