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  • The Government has set aside $137 million to strengthen socio-economic projects in the Yallahs and Hope River areas.
  • Details are provided in the 2020/2021 Budget, now before the House of Representatives.
  • The objective of the project, called the Integrated Management of the Yallahs/Hope River Watershed Management Area, is to reduce pressure on natural resources in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds of the Blue Mountains, by increasing the practice of sustainable land management, management of biological diversity, and enhanced flow of ecosystem services that sustain local livelihoods.

The Government has set aside $137 million to strengthen socio-economic projects in the Yallahs and Hope River areas.

Details are provided in the 2020/2021 Budget, now before the House of Representatives.

The objective of the project, called the Integrated Management of the Yallahs/Hope River Watershed Management Area, is to reduce pressure on natural resources in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds of the Blue Mountains, by increasing the practice of sustainable land management, management of biological diversity, and enhanced flow of ecosystem services that sustain local livelihoods.

For the 2020/2021 financial year, completion work for the socio-economic assessment of Yallahs and Hope River will be undertaken, ecological assessment and training for the area will be completed, and a geographic information system (GIS) decision support system (DSS) will be implemented.

Review of the Watershed Support System Management Mechanism will be completed, four community groups are to be strengthened, 120 farmers will be trained in land husbandry and best practices, and 196 hectares of agroforestry will be established in the area.

Up to the end of December 2019, some 167 farmers were trained in land husbandry and best practices, a watershed policy drafted, six communities trained in forest fire management, and fruit tree seedlings distributed to farmers.

The project, which commenced in 2014, established financial and economic incentives to support sustained biodiversity and watershed management, demonstrated sustainable livelihood options in watershed communities, and increased land under sustainable forestry and sustainable agriculture and agro-forestry.

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