28th Sharing Meeting of NNN

ANSAB

Meeting Hall
June 5, 2006
Minutes

 Agenda:

  • Discussion on NTFP development strategy in the changed context
  • Strengthening FUGs and NTFP management

Participants:

Name Organization Designation
Dr. Udaya Raj Sharma Department of Forest  Director General
Dr. Hari Krishna Saiju Department Plant Resources Director General
Dr. Keshav Kanel Department of Forest Deputy Director General
Dr. Bhishma Subedi ANSAB Executive Director
Mr. Surya Binayee ANSAB Program Manager
Mr. Parbat Gurung HBTL Managing Director
Mr. Ram H. Subedi ANSAB Business Development Manager
Mr. Dinesh Paudel NSCFP/SDC Forestry Enterprise Expert
Ms. Dibya Gurung SDC Senior Program Officer
Mr. Deepak D. Khadka BDS-MaPS Deputy Team Leader
Mr. Bhawani Pokharel IUCN Senior Program Officer
Dr. Nirmal Bhattarai ICIMOD Consultant
Mr. Govinda Ghimire AHP Managing Director
Mr. Sharad Rai Practical Action Nepal Project Officer
Mr. Indu B. Sapkota ANSAB NRM/CF Manager
Mr. Rajendra Lamichhane FECOFUN Member-National Executive Committee
Mr. Prahlad Thapa CECI-Sahakarya Senior Program Coordinator
Mr. Ram Mani Dhotel MoFSC Planning Officer
Ms. Shova Adhikari ANSAB Information  Officer
Mr. Shyam Badan Shrestha Nepal Knotcraft Centre Managing Director
Mr. Amrit L. Joshi   Forester
Mr. Rakesh Munankami MEDEP Consultant
Mr. Krishna Shrestha Central Department of Botany TU Professor
Mr. Bhaweshwar Das SION Promoter
Mr. Bhairab Risal NEFEJ Journalist

Highlights of the meeting: 

NTFP Development Strategy
Nepal NTFP Network (NNN), a consortium of policy makers, NGOs/INGOs, federations, private companies and relevant stakeholders discussed the needs of the strategy for herbs and non-timber forest products (NTFPs) development in the changed socio-political context. The meeting also focused on strengthening forest users groups (FUGs) for non-timber forest products management.

The meeting formed a task force, coordinated by ANSAB that comprises of private companies, non-governmental organizations, federations and government bodies to recommend government for prioritization of NTFP in the upcoming national budget.

Highlighting the importance of implementation of policy, Dr. Udaya Raj Sharma said, ‘We have developed Herbs and NTFP policy 2061. Now the strategy should be to enforce government to make the policy enacted.’ NTFP development policy was developed through consultation from the grassroots to the different stakeholders including policy makers.

Dr. Bhishma P. Subedi, Executive Director of ANSAB briefed on the NTFP development context of Nepal. According to Dr. Subedi, enabling policy, program implementation and priority from the stakeholders should be made the basis for NTFP development strategy. Dr. Hari Krishna Sainju, Director General of Department of Plant Resources (DPR) underscored the importance of fair business.

Detailing the hurdles in registration of community based enterprises, Mr. Surya B. Binayee, Program Manager of ANSAB said, “the need is the prioritization of program and budget for the development of NTFP sector.’

Pointing out the NTFP strategy building, Mr. Indu B. Sapkota, CF/NRM manager at ANSAB said, ‘NTFP development strategy should take into account the conservation, enterprise/value addition, and marketing aspects of NTFPs.

Dr. Keshav Kanel, Deputy Director General, Community Forestry Division said, “We have operational level problem in enterprises development and NTFP management, we need integrated attempt to reduce it.”

Mr. Parbat Gurung, Chairperson of Nepal Herbs and Herbal Products Association emphasized the need of enterprise-oriented resource management and promotion of community based enterprises to enable communities to generate income.

Mr. Dinesh Paudel of NSCFP said that non-timber forest products development strategy is also concerned with enterprise policy, land policy and others. Now, we should do something concrete as the time is so enabling.

Mr. Sarad Rai of Practical Action, Mr. Gobinda Ghimire of AHI, Mr. A. L. Joshi, Mr. Rakesh Munakarmi of MEDEP shared their experiences and put forth their views regarding NTFP development strategy. 

Strengthening FUGs and NTFP management
Underscoring the need of ensuring people’s rights over natural resources, Mr. Rajendra Lamichhane of FECOFUN said, ‘we all need to be changed in the changed national scenario.’ The participants suggested FECOFUN for its strategy to be focused, aligned taking into account the institutional sustainability and contribution in benefiting poor communities.

Mr. Parbat Gurung, Managing Director of HBTL emphasized democracy firstly is important in the FECOFUN. Adding on his remarks, Dr. Keshav Kanel says, legal designing should be made by communities.

Mr. Rajendra Lamichhane said all stakeholders should analyze the NTFP policy and development strategy. Dr. Keshav Kanel emphasized that FECOFUN should be clear on either they want to lead advocacy or run projects. FECOFUN should also monitor community forestry for good governance and operation. Ms. Divya Gurung of SDC said, FECOFUN’s may be organized with advocacy wing, political wing and service providers’ wing.