17th Sharing Meeting of NNN

The seventeenth sharing meeting of Nepal NTFP Network (NNN) was held on August 2, 2002 at Micro Enterprise Development Program (MEDEP) office, Ekantakuna Kathmandu.

PARTICIPANTS

  1.  Anal Gautam, MEDEP
  2.  Basundhara Bhattarai, ForestAction
  3.  Bhairab Risal, NEFEJ
  4.  Bhaweshwar Das, SION
  5.  Bhishma P Subedi, ANSAB
  6.  Dinesh Paudel, NSCFP
  7.  Frank Tolentino, SNV
  8.  Ganesh Kumar Gurung, MEDEP Parbat
  9.  Geeta Pandey, MEDEP
  10. Gopal Tiwari, NEFEJ
  11. Hari Dhungana, ANSAB
  12. Ira Acharya, MEDEP Sunsari
  13. K. C. Agrawal, trader
  14. Laxman Pun, MEDEP
  15. Monika Dhakhwa, ANSAB
  16. Narendra Rasaily, BanUdyam
  17. Nirmal Kumar Bhattarai, Department of Plant Resources
  18. Pratap Man Shrestha, FAO
  19. Rajendra Charan Shrestha, MEDEP Dang
  20. Rajendra Khanal, CARE
  21. Rakesh Munakarmi, MEDEP
  22. Ram Hari Subedi, ANSAB
  23. Sagendra Tiwari, IUCN
  24. Sharad Rai, ITDG
  25. Shyam Adhikary, MEDEP Dadeldhura
  26. Shyam Kumar Shaha, FECOFUN
  27. Srijana Rana, SNV

AGENDA

  1. Recap of 16th sharing meeting and follow-up on developments
  2. Updates on
    - NTFP Technological Resource Center
    - MIS
  3. Sharing on NTFP activities and issues by members
  4. Any other points suggested by the members
    - Impact of recent Nepal-India Trade Treaty on small enterprises
    - NNN Role towards Rio +10
    - Biodiversity Registration

SUMMARY OF DISCUSSIONS AND CONCLUSIONS OF THE MEETING

Bhishma Subedi welcomed the meeting participants to the seventeenth sharing meeting of Nepal NTFP Network. The participants agreed his proposal to select Dr. Laxman Pun, National Program Manager of MEDEP as Chair to the meeting. Dr. Pun chaired and facilitated the meeting process. After self-introduction of the meeting participants, Dr. Pun called for additional agenda for discussion in the meeting. Bhabeshwar Das proposed to discuss on Nepal-India treaty impacts to small enterprises, and also on NNN role to the Rio+10 processes. Sagendra Tiwari proposed to discuss on another agenda of biodiversity registration.

1. Recap of 16th NNN Sharing meeting and follow-up on developments

Hari Dhungana briefly reviewed the discussions and outcomes of the sixteenth NNN sharing meeting held on June 7, 2001 at New ERA office. He mentioned that some of the discussions of the earlier meeting need to be considered and discussed in this meeting. Rajendra Khanal added further on the biodiversity registration issues discussed in the 16th meet. Dinesh Paudel emphasized that registration formats constitute just technical matters, and should include issues such as who should be the focal point in the registration process.

2. Briefing on MEDEP

As a host to the NNN Sharing Meeting, Dr. Pun made a presentation on Micro Enterprise Development Program (MEDEP) in terms of the program goal, approach/model, targets, project areas, accomplishments to date. Meeting participants appreciated the achievements and lessons could be of use to other organizations as well.

On an inquiry of Dinesh Paudel, Dr. Pun mentioned that MEDEP can also provide certain expert services to other organizations including SDC. Bhabeshwar Das added that SION can undertake marketing functions for products like ginger and trans-himalayan honey and for this matter can provide support to community members.

3. Updates on NTFP Technological Resource Center

As per discussions of the 15th Sharing meeting, it was agreed that SION will work towards establishing NTFP technological resource center. Bhabeshwar Das stated that some pertinent issues need to be addressed regarding the establishment, ownership, knowledge security, regulation or access to the resource center. He said that he would prepare a concept note within two weeks and circulate to NNN members for consideration.

Bhishma Subedi mentioned that a preliminary concept note was already developed and has been shared to the NNN members. He expected that the new concept note would build on the earlier one. Sagendra Tiwari added that certain clarity is really needed with respect to the use of, or access to resource center. He suggested that proper role of the resource center should be to provide easy access to technological information to interested individuals and organizations.

4. Updates on Central Level Marketing Information System Project

Mr. Ram Hari Subedi shared recent activities of Central Level MIS project, and reminded that responses on the concerns raised at 16th NNN meeting were circulated to the NNN members. He added that a new study on NTFP traders and entrepreneurs is initiated and a sort of gentleman agreement has been reached with Mumbai traders with respect to the work of MIS.

5. Sharing of NTFP activities/issues

Bhabeshwar Das shared that oils worth of over four billion rupees is annually imported to Nepal. He shared on engagement of SION in production and distribution of NTFP seedlings. He also mentioned that SION facilitated NTFP trainings and that SION e-newsletter was already circulated to the subscribers.

Sagendra Tiwari stated that HMG Nepal does not develop policies with consideration of natural resources, but policies are based more on inputs from certain interest groups. NNN is supposed to influence government agencies through greater information flow, but it also has limitations as it is a loosely structured entity.

Rakesh Munakarmi stated that two Australian volunteers are engaged in documenting and analyzing the information on technologies that are being practiced. Other participants suggested that this work substantially contributes to the technological resource center. Rakesh Munakarmi said that he would share the initial outputs of the work in the eighteenth NNN meeting.

Bhishma Subedi shared that ANSAB has recently started publication of a Nepali newsletter Lahara that highlights on field lessons, issues and news on NTFPs. Basundhara Bhattarai stated that ForestAction is recently engaged in preparation of a Bibliography on NTFPs. She also expected cooperation from NNN members for this work.

Ganesh Gurung mentioned a case of a government ranger with respect to small NTFP enterprises. Initially government staff neither support nor worry about resources, but while communities initiate some enterprise, he mentioned, that they seemed to be quite concerned on royalties.

6. Biodiversity Registration

Sagendra Tiwari mentioned that HMG requested IUCN in 2000 to provide support on developing a policy on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing. Over the time it was also requested to provide support on drafting a Bill on this matter. He also mentioned that LIBIRD, IPGRI and NARC are working on agrobiodiversity registration process taking six species as yet. This process is still in a learning phase which includes just 2 settlements in 2 VDCs around Pokhara.

Mr. Tiwari also mentioned that IUCN is going to initiate a project to start registration process from 25 VDCs. He mentioned that collaboration and partnership on this project is open to all organizations.

7. Rio +10

Members of NNN Task Force on Rio+10 and Nepal-India Trade Treaty

  1. Bhabeshwar Das, Coordinator
  2. Sagendra Tiwari, Member
  3. Bhairab Risal, Member
  4. Rakesh Munakarmi, Member
  5. Ram Hari Subedi/Hari Dhungana, Member

8. Miscellaneous

While the issue of impact of Nepal-India treaty on trade and transit on small NTFP enterprises was considered quite important. The same Task Force (for Rio+10) was also considered for having a review of Nepal-India trade treaty.

Next Meeting:-

Date : The eighteenth NNN Sharing Meeting will be held on Tuesday October 8, 2002 at 1300 Hrs.

Agenda : Among other points to be identified later, the following agenda will be considered for the eighteenth NNN Sharing Meeting

  1. Recap of 17th NNNSM and follow-up on developments
  2. Impact of Nepal-India trade treaty
  3. Task Force updates
    - Task Force on Rio+10
  4. NTFP technology resource center
  5. Global Development Alliance/Public-private alliance project
  6. Other issues to be suggested by members

Venue 

The meeting will be held at ANSAB office, 819/29 Bhimsengola Marg, Baneshwar Kathmandu. (Note to participants: The ANSAB office has been moved to a new location. Map is attached in the next page.)