2nd Sharing Meeting of NNN

January 8, 1999

The second NNN Advisory Group Meeting was held on January 8, 1999 Friday at ANSAB. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Hari P. Neupane of FECOFUN.

Those who participated in the meeting were:

  1. Hari P. Neupane, FECOFUN
  2. D. R. Adhikari, CECI/CBED
  3. S. P. Dahal, NUKCFP, Dhankuta
  4. Ramu Subedi, NUKCFP, Baglung
  5. Ram Hari Subedi, Gorkha Exhim Pvt. Ltd.
  6. Karl Schuler, NSCFP
  7. Keshav Kanel, Ministry of Forestry
  8. Ghanendra Kaphle, NUCKCFP, Kathmandu
  9. Narendra Rasaily, NACRMP
  10. Dil Raj Khanal, FECOFUN
  11. Raju Chhettri, NAF
  12. Bhishma P. Subedi, ANSAB
  13. Surya B. Binayee, ANSAB
  14. Ram P. Acharya, ANSAB
  15. Rupa Shrestha, ANSAB

The agenda’s of the meeting were:

  1. Sharing of work done in the field of NTFP by different organizations
  2. Sharing of reports and publications
  3. Analysis of the issues, roles, and strategies
  4. Resource planning

The summary of the Discussions and Conclusions of the Meeting:

  1. The program was commenced by the welcome speech given by the chairman. Mr. Subedi of ANSAB gave a brief introduction of agendas.
  2. Sharing of the work done in the field of NTFP by the different organizations was highlighted by the respective representatives of the organizations.

A brief description of organizations and their activities:

  1. Nepal Agroforestry Foundation (NAF) is involved in conducting trainings to user groups on trading of NTFPS.
  2. Gorkha Exhime is a private company involved in exporting of NTFPs. Gorkha Exhim emphasizes on the marketing of the finished (processed) NTFP products.
  3. Nepal UK Community Forestry Project (NUKCFP) has concentrated its NTFP activities on (i) economic generation with involvement of women, (ii) promotion of local community and indigenous plants.
  4. Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), the major activities of NTFP project are to conduct training in the project area (Dolakha & Ramechhap) to DFO and NGO staff, to forest user groups and to local entrepreneurs.
  5. Ministry of Forestry (MOF) ?? Government is running a NTFP program in 25 districts under poverty alleviation program. Dr. Kanel is doing research on the Strategic Review of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants of Nepal funded by IDRC.
  6. Nepal-Australia Community Forestry Resource Management Project (NACRMP) is concentrating its NTFP activities in Sindhu and Kabhre area.
  7. Community Based Economic Development (CECI/CBED) has been working in Jumla since 3 years.
  8. Federation of Community Forest User Groups Nepal (FECOFUN) has implementing its activities in … districts. Major activities are : dissemination of general information to local people, establishing of networking among user groups.
  9. The recent activities of Asia Network for Small-scale Agricultural Bioresources (ANSAB) are: provide technical assistance to project areas (Dolakha, Bajhang, Jumla and Baglung) to establish Community Forest User Groups or to incorporate NTFP resource management issues into existing CFUGs, and to promote and provide technical assistance as well as seed money for enterprise development to the potential CFUGs.

3. There was a lively discussion on policy issues. All the participants felt that the existing policies on NTFPs are not transparent and not properly disseminated among the user groups of grassroot level.

4. A general / mutual understanding was developed for starting a joint venture program with those organizations that have already started working in the related field/areas and the organization that is planning to implement the same activities in the same area. This way the Network can play an effective role in introducing a collaborative approach between NGOs, which is still lacking in Nepal. This will also help to filter the duplication of the work/activities.

5. It was decided that the participants would contribute a written statement on the present activities undertaken by their organizations and also present a proposed action plan for the Network. The deadline for the submission is January 31, 1999, as proposed by the group.

6. Beside this, all organizations are welcome to contribute the reports, references and other reading materials on NTFPs to ANSAB. You may bring them in the next NNNAG meeting or send it via post or through any other medium that is convenient to you. ANSAB will act as resource center that will be open to all those who are interested in NTFPs.

Other important activities that this Network could play as proposed by the participants:

  1. Inform user groups about NTFPs price via different media (e.g. radio, television, newspaper) every week /month.
  2. Flow of correct and practical information to user groups.
  3. Create parallel channel of commercialization. Explore international market.
  4. Initiate activities to develop networking among user groups
  5. Act as a pressure group for the revision on the policy issues.

The next NNNAG Meeting will be held on March 12, Friday at 1 p.m. at ANSAB Office. The Chairman for the next meeting will be Mr. Ghanendra Kaphle of Nepal UK Community Forestry Project (NUKCFP).

Tentative Agendas of the next meeting are:

  1. Formulate Action Plan
  2. Work division among AG members
  3. Monitoring
  4. Prepare training manual

The meeting was adjourned by the concluding remarks given by the chairman. He wished for the continuity of the network and promotion of the users group till eternity through this network.

Future suggested participants:

a) Makalu -Barun, 2) ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), 3) Kanpo-Nepal 4) WWF (Worldwide Conservation), 5) SEACAW, 6) Helvatas, 7) CARE Nepal, 8) Gharelu Udhyog Samiti