Meghalaya Government with the support from the World Bank has designed an ambitious project called Meghalaya Community-led Landscape Management Project (MCLLMP) with an objective to strengthen community-led landscape management in selected 400 villages with a potential to scale in 6026 villages across 20 blocks and 7 districts. The beneficiaries of the project are village communities in the landscapes that depend on land, forests, water, and agroforestry for their livelihoods. The project is being implemented by Meghalaya Basin Management Agency (MBMA) focusing on Natural Resource Management (NRM) for a five year period from 2018 to 2023.
Key objectives of MCLLMP
- Create community ownership and involvement in landscape planning and implementing the programme
- Build capacity of first mile and programme staff on Natural Resource Management (NRM) and enhance their self-efficacy
- Develop a strong programme management capability
For Arghyam, this is a challenging opportunity given the scale of the initiative of the Government of Meghalaya. However, this partnership could help Meghalaya Basin Management Agency (MBMA) accelerate capacity building efforts across water and adjacent domains. This is also an opportunity to explore how we enable the programme such that it creates sustainable value to the whole ecosystem of actors and assets that are reusable within the State.