Capacity Development

To develop the capacity of the staff for smooth implementation of the Project, a series of capacity development programmes such as training, workshops, study tours (field visits) and consultative meetings will be held during the project period. The aim of the capacity development is not to train a number of multi-task personnel but focus on developing special skills within the TFD. Selected topics and lessons will be given to the identified persons considering their interests and assigned tasks in order to develop enough knowledge and skills. The PMU will maintain training records of all the staff involved in the project implementation. The PMU will, with the assistance of external training service providers and PMCs, undertake the following:

  • Prepare an annual training schedule and training programmes/modules
  • Identify and select external resource persons/institutions to provide specialised inputs to the training
  • Execute training programmes
  • Conduct post-training evaluation and suggest improvements

The overall implementation process of the capacity development is illustrated below.

Cycle of Capacity Development

3.1.1 Training Needs Analysis (TNA)

To make more effective use of the Project period, orientation and other thematic training courses will be imparted based on the tentative capacity development framework. The TNA will identify the gap between required skills and knowledge for the Project and the existing skills and knowledge of the Project staff, which consequently lead to identifying the contents, modules, methodologies and curriculum for training. The findings from the TNA will be utilized for the enhancement and improvement of tentative capacity development framework and preparation of training master plan and annual training calendar within the estimated budget.

3.1.2 Knowledge and Skills Development

Training will be conducted by TNFA, TNFTC, and other government / private institutions / organizations.

While the TNA will be conducted by external experts/institutions and to be completed by the end of the first year, the capacity development program will start from the 1st year based on the tentative capacity development framework.

  • Preparatory Workshop
  • Project Orientation
  • Basic training (thematic and managerial trainings)
  • Training on GIS and MIS
  • Exposure Visits (Domestic)
  • Overseas Trainings and Study Tours
  • Training to VFCs, EDCs and Communities

3.1.3 Workshops and Conference/ Seminars

The PMU will organize national seminars and international workshop to share experiences and encourage cross-learning among participants. The seminars and workshops will invite forest officers and scientists from other states, including those implementing JICA projects, on the following themes; i) Biodiversity Conservation; ii) Trees Outside Forests; iii); and iv) Frontier Technologies in Forestry.

3.1.4 Review Meetings

Annual consultative meetings will be held at the state level and biannual consultative meetings at circle level. The main objectives of the meetings are to:

  1. Exchange views, ideas, issues, and learning among staff and other stakeholders involved in the Project implementation,
  2. Identify technical, social and managerial issues/problems hampering proper implementation of the Project,
  3. Study best practices cases and lessons learned, and
  4. Provide feedback for incorporation into the annual action plan in order to address the issues and problems identified.

3.1.5 Enhanced Outreach and Environmental Education

Forestry Extension Centres have been established in 30 districts under TAP (I) and TAP (II). These centres are acting as hubs for outreach and dissemination of relevant knowledge and skill on tree cultivation in the state. It is proposed to undertake outreach of the Project components such as Biodiversity conservation and TCPL through these extension centres.

(1) Website Creation

Two types of Project websites would be developed:

  1. a project website; and
  2. an ecotourism website.

(2) Publicity Activities

This activity will be conducted at the division level with a view to raise awareness amongst the general public about the importance of biodiversity conservation and tree planting in their daily lives, and to encourage them to conserve nature, forest and environment. The activities will include:

  1. Wall painting
  2. Conducting exhibition
  3. Setting up publicity boards

(3) Awareness Generation

The project will organize eco education to school children and teachers in the state to have them understand the importance of conserving terrestrial and marine biodiversity. Street plays and puppet shows will also be conducted on special occasions such as Environmental Day or Biodiversity Day.

(4) Publications

The PMU will publish and circulate newsletters biannually to provide stakeholders with news, work progress, photographs and insights. Pamphlets and posters on the overview of the project as well as issues such as biodiversity conservation, eco-development, ecotourism, TCPL, and REDD Plus will be prepared for distribution to EDCs, community members and the general public to disseminate relevant information.