Livelihood related activities would aim at improvement of Basic Human Needs (BHNs), Community Development Activities (CDAs) and Income Generation Activities (IGAs). Under CDA, activities will be taken up aiming at community mobilization for creation of small community infrastructure having potential for enhancing incomes of local forest dependent people on a sustainable basis. VPs will be provided with a revolving fund under the Project to provide small loans for IGAs to be executed through SHGs along with required facilitation to enhance their capacities and develop linkages for micro credit from banks and other financial institutions. Focus would be on making SHGs self reliant through various need based support & evolving strategies as the Project progresses. Two SHGs will be supported at each village level.
All the field interventions would be based on comprehensive micro plans, prepared through a process of participatory planning approach. Need-based and site-specific comprehensive micro plans shall be prepared at the very onset of the process through Participatory Rural A p p r a i s a l ( P R A ) t e c h n i q u e . Var i o u s community development and livelihood improvement activities that can be taken up for alleviating the sufferings of the stakeholders and for overall integrated development of the village will also be a part of micro planning process. Interventions would be planned and implemented by VPs, selected on the basis of selection criteria and in clusters in micro watersheds. VPs falling in one cluster will have their own site-specific comprehensive micro plans. Micro-planning process would be facilitated by Forest Department (FD) and FNGO teams engaged at FMU level. In Reserve Forest (RF) areas, where it is not possible for VPs to carry out Project interventions, the works would be executed through FD.