Objective: To facilitate the promotion and success of integrated rural development programs through regional cooperation.
Summary of provisions: The Contracting Parties undertake to establish a Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (art.I.1). The objectives of the Centre include: providing technical support to Member States, fostering the exchange of ideas and experience and encouraging joint or collaborative activities. The Centre is also to assist national action and to promote regional cooperation with the aim of improving the production, income and living conditions of small scale farmers and other needy rural groups (art. I.2). To achieve these objectives, the Centre is to conduct, promote or assist research on various aspects of integrated rural development, to hold consultative conferences, to organise training courses, to provide technical support and to serve as a clearinghouse and data bank for information. (art. I.3)
Institutional mechanisms: The Centre is to have a Governing Council consisting of all Member States (art IV and V), an Executive Committee (art. VI) and a Technical Committee (art.VII). Moreover, the Centre shall have a Director to direct the work of the Centre in accordance with the policy and decisions adopted by the Governing Council, and under the guidance of the Executive Committee (art. VIII).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005)