9th Sharing Meeting of NNN

August 31, 2000

The ninth meeting of the NNN Advisory Group was held Friday, August 31, 2000 at ANSAB Office, Minbhawan, Kathmandu. Mr. Prayag Tamrakar of NARMSAP chaired the meeting.

Those present

  1. Bhaweshwar Das, NSCFP
  2. Bhirab Risal, NEFEJ
  3. Bhishma P. Subedi, ANSAB
  4. Birkha B. Shahi, HCDA
  5. Hari Dhungana, FECOFUN
  6. Hemant R Ojha, ANSAB
  7. Ken Nicholson, SNV
  8. Pratap Man Shrestha, FAO
  9. Prayag Tamrakar, TISC/NARMSAP
  10. Ram Hari Subedi, Gorkha Exim
  11. Rana B. Rawal, Ban Udyam-BSP/New Era
  12. Sagendra Tiwari, IUCN/Nepal
  13. Sagun Bista, CBED/CECI
  14. Sama Shrestha, ANSAB

The meeting agenda

  1. Introduction and sharing by participants
  2. Briefing from the Task Force Groups
    a. Strategic Research
    b. NNN Operational Policy
  3. Follow-up on the Central MIS
  4. Any other issues suggested by members

Summary of the discussions and conclusions of the meeting

  1. Opening
    Mr. B. P. Subedi welcomed all the participants and requested the group to choose the chairperson for this meeting. The group selected Mr. Prayag Tamrakar of TISC/NARMSAP.Mr. B. P. Subedi informed that the meeting of the Operational Policy Task Force Group held on August 1, 2000 suggested postponing the Ninth NNN-AG meeting (originally proposed to be held on August 9, 2000) to August 31, 2000. The idea was it would make more sense if AG meet after NNN Coordination Committee (CC) gives its views on the proposed Joint Workshop on Operational Policy.
  2. Sharing by participants
    Mr. S. Tiwari informed that he just joined IUCN in the post of Natural Resource Unit Program Coordinator. He will be representing IUCN in the NNN-AG meeting in future.Mr. B. B. Shahi, Field Coordinator, Humla Conservation and Development Association (HCDA), briefed about the HCDA’s activities in collection and processing of NTFP’s in Humla. They are supporting communities in resource management, enterprise development and institutinal development in collaboration with DPP of SNV and ANSAB.Mr. P. Tamrakar, Senior Silvicultural Officer, TISC/NARMSAP highlighted his work regarding Tree Improvement. He is currently involved in designing trainings in forest inventory and planning NTFP resource assessment in districts supported by NARMSAP.Mr. R. B. Rawal, Team Leader of Ban Udyam-BSP/New Era, informed about his works in five districts of Rapti. He is currently involved in NTFP based enterprise development, field level assistance in the buffer zone areas of National Parks, NTFP planning in local level and development of user friendly technical manual on NTFP resource assessment and management.

    Mr. R. H. Subedi informed that he is looking after NTFP marketing aspects in ANSAB. He informed all that a company named Himalayan Bio-Trade Limited has been established to help local collectors to trade their products. Beside this, he is also involved in his own company “Gorkha Exim”.

    Ms. S. Bista, NTFP Research Officer, CBED/CECI informed that she has been currently involved in the research aspect of NTFPs, and management of medicinal and aromatic plants in Jumla.

    Mr. H. Dungana, Programme Officer, FECOFUN informed that the NTFP development program is going on in 15 districts of Nepal.

    Mr. B. Das, Forest Enterprise Promotion Officer, NSCFP informed about his involvement in resource inventory, market information and linkages, and NTFP related trainings.

    Mr. K. Nicholson, NTFP Enterprise Development Specialist, SNV, informed about his involvement in NTFP Enterprise Development works especially in Karnali region. He is also involved in developing training materials on Market Analysis and Development.

    Mr. B. P. Subedi informed about the recent Global Conservation Program (GCP) Enterprise-Based Biodiversity Conservation Project Planning and Review Workshop held August 10 –11, 2000 at Nepalgunj. He also highlighted the issue of forest area hand over as Community Forest in Baglung, where community is demanding adequate area for NTFP management and enterprise development but the District Development Officer is not prepared to hand over. He also informed on Himalayan Biotrade established with the aim to give the local collectors a real price and support them to reach the international market. It was known from him that ANSAB and EnterpriseWorks Worldwide are in the process of finalizing a manual on NTFP enterprise development.

    Mr. B. Risal requested all to contribute articles to “ Jaibik Bibidhata Lekhmala”, “Haka Haki”, and “Face to Face”published by Nepal Forum for Environmental Journalism (NEFEJ) and other organizations. He highlighted the importance of print media in bringing issues into light. He also mentioned that he has long been awaiting for the Annual Report of Department of Forest, for which this Network can ask the Department. He is happy that his small article on Yarsa Gumba (Cordyceps sinensis) has drawn the attention of the government. He also raised issues regarding Guchhi Chyau (Morchella conica) and made a remark on why Dolpa people love to stay in Dolpa even though there is no food; this is because they are drawing huge sums of money from highly valuable Jaributi. He suggested for studies on these aspects. He also raised the importance of giving training to the collectors. He highlighted the positive impact the posters on local language and script can have in educating people.

  3.  Briefing from the Task Force Group
    • Strategic Research Needs
      Mr. B. Das highlighted strategic research needs on NTFP, which was worked out by the Task Force Group formed by the last NNN-AG meeting. The Task Force sat together on May 17 and July 14, 2000 and identified strategic research issues in NTFP sector. In summary, the research issues identified cover identification of species (threatened, commercially used/potential etc.), habitat studies, lifecycle, growth and yield studies, characteristics of ecosystem that produce high value NTFP, resource assessment methods, identification of alternatives for threatened commercial species, sustainable harvesting methods and post harvest technologies, entrepreneurship culture of FUGs in NTFP, indigenous knowledge systems, information dissemination, chemo-typic and geno-typic variation of commercial products and their values, quality management challenges, policy research with reference to banned and restricted species, royalty issue and licenses, value chain analysis by major catchments/product types/niche markets, product specific marketing strategies, processing technology, market channels studies, and assessment of niche markets. These issues will be further prioritized with respect to specific situations, and will be shared through the upcoming NNN newsletter.
    • Operational PolicyMr. H. R. Ojha briefed about the proposal for holding National NNN Workshop to decide the future of NNN. He informed that for the past of several months, CC and AG have been discussing over the Operational Policy of the NNN. Task Forces formed by CC and AG have discussed the Policy in greater details, and a need to discuss and finalize it through a joint meeting of CC, AG and general members of the NNN was realized. Accordingly a National Workshop has been proposed to be held November 3, 2000. The main objective of the proposed workshop is to discuss NNN structure and Operational Policy in order to strengthen and expand the Network activities at all levels and spheres of NTFP sector such as management, utilization, conservation, marketing, trade and policy. Mr. Ojha then distributed the draft proposal for the workshop for review and comments. He asked the group members if their organizations would be interested to make financial contributions for the workshop.All members agreed that organizing the joint workshop is a good idea. The organization such as NARMSP, IUCN, New Era, SNV and ANSAB indicated the possibility for contributing financial support.
  4. Follow-up on the Central Market Information SystemMr. K. Nicholson informed that the final draft of the Market Information System concept paper is ready. The copy can be sent through e-mail to the interested individuals. During the meeting he also distributed the recent brochure on “Community-based Tree and Forest Product Enterprises” published jointly by FAO, People Trees and People, RECOFTC.The members shared various ways of market information dissemination that are in practice by various organizations such as Nepalgunj Chamber of Commerce (NGCC) and NSCFP. Mr.B Das shared NSCFP publication “ Ukali” and other NTFP market information.
  5. Any other Issues Suggested by Members
    • FSCC’s Meeting
      Mr. B. P. Subedi informed that the FSCC has planned it’s upcoming meetings on September 18-19, 2000. He appreciated the idea of forming NTFP working group as a subcommittee in the FSCC.
    • SEANN Workshop
      Mr. B. P. Subedi also informed all that the 4th SEANN Workshop is going to be held in March 2001 in Manila, Philippines. He suggested that the interested members could think of participating in the Workshop.
    • “ National Register of Medicinal Plants” (published by IUCN)
      Mr. B. Das informed the group that the Book “National Register of Medicinal Plants” published by IUCN is a great effort but it does have some major mistakes. The book is seen to have shared by only few people and do not have adequate information. Linked with this came the issue of biodiversity registration (within a few years as per the Conventions and Biological Diversity). The group decided to discuss this issue in detail in the next NNNAG meeting. A Task Force consisting of the following members will review the information relating to this and present their analysis and suggestions in the next meeting.
    • 1. Bhaweshwar Das, NSCFP (coordinator)
      2. Bhishma P. Subedi, ANSAB (member)
      3. Hemant R. Ojha, ANSAB (member)
      4. Hari Dhungana, FECOFUN (member)
      5. Sagendra Tiwari, IUCN/Nepal (member)

  6. Tentative date for next meetingThe next NNNAG meeting will be held on January 12, 2001, Friday at ANSAB.