Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB) is a civil society organization working for the conservation of biodiversity and the improvement of livelihoods across South Asia.
It places community empowerment and economic incentives at the heart of its approach, believing that as people benefit from natural resources they become more motivated to protect them – and vice-versa. ANSAB implements a variety of innovative solutions in line with this core conviction, such as the creation of enterprises based on the sustainable use of natural resources, especially Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), and the establishment of payment-schemes for ecosystem services, especially Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Forest Conservation, Sustainable Management of Forests and Carbon Stock Enhancement (REDD+). It does so in the context of global climate change, which continues to threaten the environmental and economic progresses achieved so far – in Nepal as in the rest of the world.
ANSAB is widely regarded as a trailblazer and a leading organization in the region, its innovative approach having been recognized by numerous awards and its expertise being regularly sought by development agencies, national governments and international NGOs. It has notably pioneered Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in Nepal and introduced the concept of subgroups to ensure that ultra-poor and marginalized people benefit from the natural resources of their communities. ANSAB moreover demonstrated a remarkable capacity to effectively work in remote and socio-politically difficult areas, even at times when most NGOs found them too difficult to operate.