Pro-Poor Economic Development

  • Pioneered enterprise-oriented community forest management in Nepal.
  • Developed and strengthened a total of 1,166 economic entities (subgroups, micro and small enterprises, etc.) involved in the collection, value addition and trade of NTFPs and HVCs including 68 regional and national processing and marketing enterprises.
  • Successfully maintained its operations during the violent insurgency that severely affected Nepal’s rural areas from 1996 to 2006 and created community-based enterprises in the remotest locations of
    Nepal, including districts and villages at more than one day walk from the closest road access in the far West and far East regions of the country.
  • Established and strengthened information sub-centres that use a network of facilitating organizations to provide marketing information services (MIS) to collectors, traders, producers and potential entrepreneurs of NTFPs and HVCs. The centres and sub-centres collect and disseminate marketing information for 32 products in 6 markets of Nepal and India.
  • Generated total monetary benefits (TMB) of US $6.82 million in 2009, benefitting 78,828 economic participants. This represents a return of US $11 for each dollar invested by donors and ANSAB since 2005, a ratio that is poised to increase as the years pass and enterprises continue to generate revenues without additional external support.

Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Climate Change

  • Pioneered the inclusion of NTFPs and participatory biodiversity conservation mechanisms in Nepal’s rural communities forests management plans.
  • Introduced Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in Nepal, helping the Federation of Community Forestry Users (FECOFUN) – which represents over 15,000 CFUGs managing about 25% Nepal’s forest – to receive a forest management group certification. This is the first NTFP certification in Asia and the first group certification in the world.
  • Implemented REDD+ pilot projects in collaboration with 104 CFUGs of three watershed areas (Charnawati, Ludikhola and Kayar khola) representing about 18,0002 households and covering a total of 10,266 hectares of forest.
  • Supported the Annapurna Conservation Area, one of the largest protected areas of Nepal, in the preparation of their sustainable harvesting plan for 16 different NTFPs found from lowlands to mountains. This technical assistance strengthened local harvesting practices as well as the overall scientific and biodiversity management of the area.
  • Brought at total 100,672 hectare of forest and meadow areas under the improved community management of 393 Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs), representing 60,161 households (HHs).

Networking, Policy and Research

  • Founded the Nepal NTFP Network (NNN), which has now over 50 institutional and 300 individual members and periodically brings together communities, businesses, donors, environmental and government representatives to work on the promotion of the sustainable use and management of NTFPs.
  • Coordinates a Private Public Alliance (PPA) of responsible businesses which brings together U.S. products buyers and designers (Aveda, American Herbal Products Associations), certification experts (Rainforest Alliance) and a diverse range of Nepali companies.
  • Contributed, through dialogue with different NTFP value chain stakeholders, to a comprehensive review and rationalization of 208 NTFPs in Nepal, which resulted in the reduction of royalty rates for 50 products and the country’s first Herbs and NTFP Development Policy (2004).
  • Represents civil society in the Government of Nepal’s the Herbs and NTFP Coordination Committee (HNCC).
  • Is actively involved in REDD+ readiness activities and policy development process for Nepal.

Capacity Building and Services

  • Elaborated, published and disseminated inventories of forest products (including NTFPs) as well as practical manuals on sustainable harvesting, community forest management, natural resources based enterprise creation, REDD+ and carbon stock measurement. Over 65 documents are available for free or for sale in the publication section of this website.
  • Held a total of 2,281 capacity building events, benefitting 64,273 people (51.85% of which were women or members of disadvantaged groups) in the past 3 years.
  • Strengthened the capacity of 514 local or district level NGOs, CBOs and governmental organizations.
  • Provided on-demand services to many national and international organizations, including: World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Lao, SNV Lao, SUFORD, NSCFP, LFP, WWF Nepal, DRSP, RRN, NORMS, FECOFUN, COFSUN, CARE Nepal, NEHHPA, SBTG, NTNC, and the Department of Forest of Bhutan.