Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Workshop on DPR preparation for IWMP- A report

Inaugural session
A two days workshop & Training programme was conducted on 26th & 27th of March at SIRD, Kottarakkara. The workshop was attended by representatives of SLNA, WCDCs, PIAs and TSOs of first and second phase projects under IWMP. The objective of the training/ workshop was to give a broad direction to streamline the preparation of DPR with the objective of rendering uniformity to the DPRs under preparation and to enhance their quality. This workshop was the first one of its kind organized in the state.
The workshop/ training was inaugurated by Sri. K.B. Shankaran, Director SIRD. Sri. S. Saheerudin, JDC and Faculty member SIRD welcomed the gathering and Sri. K. Shoukathali, JDC in his introductory remarks, explained in detail the purpose and back ground of the training programme.
The following sessions ensued
26.03.2012
Session 1: Where are we in IWMP an analysis


In this session the participants introduced themselves and the various TSOs presented a self appraisal of their activities so far. CRD of Neeleswaram block, SUSTHIRA of Thrithala block, ARSHABHARATHAM of Kalpatta and Sulthan Bathery blocks, DEENDAYAL of Alathur block, GRAMEENA PTANA KENDRAM of Ithikkara block, CSES of Vypin and Champakkulam blocks, RAJIV GANDI YOUTH FOUNDATION of Wandoor block, FLAME of Pattambi block, IRTC of Thuneri block, LAND USE BOARD of Vamanapuram block and CSRD of Erattupetta block presented their progress.
Session 2: An Overview of Common Guidelines (Sri. K. Shoukathali)
In this session sri K. Shoukathali, AO, SLNA presented the Vision, Mission, function and objectives of the Common Guidelines.  The content and sprits of the Common Guidelines were explained
Session 3: Institutional arrangements (Sri. K. Shoukathali and Sri. S. Saheerudeen)
In this session the organisational structure of IWMP in the country from NRAA to User groups and the Institutional arrangements were discussed
Session 4: Preparation of DPR and Annual Action Plan (Smt. M. Jayasree, Technical Expert, SLNA)
In this session Smt. Jayasree presented a model template of DPR, chapter wise and content wise with a view to streamlining the DPRs being prepared by the TSOs.
Session 5: Capacity Building Plan and Livelihood Plan in IWMP (Sri. S. Saheerudeen)
In this session Sri. Saheerudeen, faculty member, SIRD explained the capacity development component of IWMP and the importance of preparing detailed training plans at various levels, need for conducting a training need assessment and the livelihood plan in IWMP
Session 6: Fund management (Sri. K. Shoukathali)
In this session, sri. K. Shoukathali, AO, SLNA explained the fund flow in IWMP and the funds management at various levels of scheme implementation.
Sessions 7: Group discussion
The concluding session of the first day of the training was group discussion by the participants addressing the possibilities, Issues and Constraints in DPR preparation of IWMP. Four groups were formed at random and the groups were asked to discuss organisational structure, Institutional structure, role of PRIs and SHGs, ways and means for enhancement of the quality of DPRs under preparation and selection of Entry Point Activities. The results of the discussions were to be presented on the second day. The groups engaged in active and fruitful discussion.
27.03.2012
Session 8: Delineation of Micro Watersheds based on GIS (Sri. Vinod, MAITHRI, Palakkad)
In this session Mr. Vinod of MAITHRI, Palakkad explained the watershed delineation process in GIS platform, illustrating examples prepared by MAITHRI for PPRs. The participants were familiarised with various tools and softwares used. He suggested that the TSOs should obtain the cadastral maps from local institutions, get them scanned within a week, geo referenced and various layers should be super imposed using Google Earth Pro. The layers, already prepared by MAITHRI, were handed over to the TSOs.
Session 9: MIS and online data submission (Sri. Vinod, MAITHRI, Palakkad)
This was a practical hands-on session, where the participants practiced using the various layers superimposed to Google maps.
Session 10: Time line and Planning of future course of action (Sri. Shoukathali, Sri. Vinod)
In this session a detailed review of activities by TSOs in the first phase of IWMP was undertaken by Sri. Shoukathali, AO, SLNA. Subsequently a detailed time line for various activities from April 1st to May 25th was prepared in discussion with officials and TSOs. The time line if furnished as annexure I.
Session 11: Presentation of Group Discussion results
The team leaders of the four groups presented the results of their discussions held on 26th. A number of practical and useful suggestions came up.
Session 11: Training evaluation and validation
In this session Sri. Shoukathali, AO, SLNA summed up the course/ workshop outcomes and Sri. Saheerudeen, faculty member SIRD presented the training evaluation results. On the whole the training was rated excellent by the participants. Sri. VP. Sadanandan, PIA Tuneri and Sri. Jaizin Joseph, WCDC Idukki  spoke on behalf of the participants. Sri. Saheerudeen proposed vote of thanks and certificates were distributed among the participants. The programme came to close at 5 pm.
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