Himalayan Bioresources: Volume 2, Issue 3


Volume 2, Issue 3: December-January-February-March 2011/12

ANSAB’s Executive Director recognized as a Champion of Asia-Pacific Forests

Executive Director Dr. Bhishma P. Subedi has been recognized as a “Champion of Asia-Pacific Forests” by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) during the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) 2011 in Beijing China. FAO conducted a process to identify “Champions of Asia-Pacific Forests” to help recognize and celebrate success of exemplary contributions to forests and forestry, and recognized Dr. Subedi as one of the two “Champions” along with Ms. Nely P. Alzula, President of Regional CBFM PO Federation, Philippines. In a publication, FAO has stated that the basis of selection of Dr. Subedi for the award is his more than 20 years of constant involvement, contributions and energy devoted to biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement in Nepal and to make a difference. Dr. Subedi received the recognition in an award winning ceremony on November 7, 2011 during the APFW reception.

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radhesh pant

ANSAB’s Chairperson appointed as the CEO of Nepal Investment Board

The Government of Nepal has appointed ANSAB’s chairperson Radhesh Pant as the Chief Executive of the Nepal Investment Board on November 28, 2011.  The Investment Board is envisioned to give a one-window solution to potential investors in big projects over Rs 25 billion with the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Nepal, and will start its operations after Pant’s appointment as the chief executive. Mr. Pant was recommended by the selection committee for the appointment procedure as one of the three names among some eight candidates. Mr. Pant is currently the chief executive officer of Kumari Bank and has a long professional and impressive background with experiences including the managing director of Bank of Kathmandu that he turned into a robust financial institution after his appointment. Pant’s appointment as the chief executive is expected to smooth inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) by creating investment friendly environment by facilitating investment in infrastructure projects and projects with large capital base.

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Capacitating SMFEs for policy advocacy: ANSAB forms a SMFE Policy Working Group

The policy and regulatory environment include various formal and informal policies on access to resource, forestry laws, incorporation options, investment codes, pricing legislation, labor regulations, tariffs, interest rate ceilings, import and export procedures and tax regulations. Small and Medium Forest Enterprise (SMFE) policy factors affect in different ways including raw material acquisition, registration, financing, marketing and others. Specific to SMFEs in Nepal there are many unsolved policy issues that are related to establishment of enterprises, taxes, royalties on privately grown NTFPs, commercialization, environmental impacts, export formalities, harmonization in policies, gap between policies and practices, supporting programs and priorities, labor issues, etc.

ANSAB has formed a policy working group to promote Nepalese SMFE sector in one of the stakeholders’ workshop. ANSAB organized the workshop on present national policy provisions and practices related to SMFE sector on November 3, 2011 with participation of entrepreneurs, journalists, development persons and representatives from different associations and Federations involved in the sector. The workshop worked on the national policy issues related to SMFE sector, discussed on way forward, and unanimously formed a seven member policy working group with following members:

1.     Govinda Ghimire, President, Nepal Herbs and Herbal Products Association (NEHHPA)
2.     Pradeep Maharjan, CEO, Agro-Enterprise Center, Federation of the Nepalese Chamber and Commerce (FNCCI)
3.     Devendra P. Dhakal, Chairman, Herbal Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal (HEAN)
4.     Ramu Subedi, Services Support Unit Management Team Leader at Multi Stakeholder Forestry Program, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC/SSU)
5.     Bal Bahadur Rai, National Executive Committee Member- Eastern Development Region, FECOFUN
6.     Harihar Sigdel, Head, Planning Division, Department of Forest, Government of Nepal
7.     Puspa Lal Ghimire, Manager, Pro-poor Economic Development Program, ANSAB

The policy working group will work on the identified policy issues, disseminate the issues to the relevant stakeholders, prepare policy briefing with specific recommendation, and build a constituency with concerned interest groups and institutions to lobby for policies that safeguard the interest of community based, environmentally friendly SMFEs.

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Briquette Producers’ Association of Nepal: Outset of a sustainable and professional business system for briquette sector in Nepal

Briquette Producers’ Association of Nepal has been established in Nepal with facilitation from ANSAB under the Forest Connect Initiative in Nepal. The Association has been established to address the issues, challenges and opportunities of the sector in order to build a sustainable business system for the benefit of the producers. In Nepal there are significant numbers of briquette enterprises in different parts of the country and they have taken considerable efforts to enhance production and marketing of the products since more than half decades. However, their efforts are unsuccessful because they are taken at individual levels by the enterprises, which are themselves distributed in different parts of the country. There are also opportunities linked to the briquette sector in Nepal because briquette is being used by the general public as an alternative to electricity and imported fuel by the general public. With this view in mind, ANSAB in association with Himalayan Naturals – a leading a briquette producing and marketing company based in Kathmandu – realized for an association to promote the sector in the country. The organizations identified and communicated with the major briquette producers of the country, and organized their meeting on August 20, 2011 at ANSAB Headquarters, Kathmandu. Participants discussed on the issues, challenges and opportunities of the briquette sector in Nepal, and on the constitution of the briquette producers’ association.  The meeting finalized the constitution, unanimously elected a seven-member executive committee, and developed a year work-plan of the Association. The developed work plan includes the registration of the Association, formation of quality control committee, preparation of guidelines on production technology, research on binding/ignition materials and technology, coordination with government and non government organizations, resource mobilization of the association, entrepreneurship development, area diversification and exposure visit within the first year, which the Forest Connect Program Coordinator Sudarshan Khanal believes will guide for building a sustainable and professional business system for the benefit of the briquette producers and the sector.

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Landscape

PES market options: ANSAB’s learning from Translinks

Payment for Ecosystem Services, REDD, REDD Plus, and the evolving global carbon markets; understanding  how each can be incorporated into conservation and poverty alleviation strategies has been one of the goal’s of USAID supported TRANSLINKS (Linking Natural Resources, Economic Growth and Good Governance). Translinks is a Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society, in partnership with the Earth Institute’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University, Enterprise Works/VITA, Forest Trends, and the Land Tenure Center at the University of Wisconsin, and is designed to support income growth of the rural poor through conservation and sustainable use of the natural resource base upon which their livelihoods depend.  ANSAB has been working with Translinks partner, EnterpriseWorks/VITA to prepare a PDD (program design document) that will offer a model and best match for community forest user groups in Nepal. “ANSAB and its Nepali partners have been developing the technical components and benefits sharing mechanisms needed for payment for ecosystem services, including carbon markets, but it is through the Translinks Program that we are able to learn about our various market options” says ANSAB’s Executive Director Dr. Bhishma Subedi.  “Being able to learn from other Translinks partners that are working on PDDs with community groups has helped ANSAB and Nepal’s Community Forestry Groups (CFUGs)  to better explore options for Nepal” notes Ann Koontz of EnterpriseWorks/VITA.

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PUBLICATIONS

ANSAB Annual Report

Annual Report 2010

ANSAB has released its electronic version of 2010 Annual Report in its website. In addition to the traditional facts & figure about the organization’s operations, the report contains project per project updates, highlights of the year, as well as reflexive piece by the Executive Director. An update of our Impact Tracking System also reveals that ANSAB’s interventions to date generated sales of US $7.61 million in annual monetary benefits for 80,327 economic participants while bringing 100,959 hectare of forest and meadow areas under the improved community management of 400 Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs), representing 61,073 households (HHs).

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FSC book

Celebrating success: Stories of FSC certification

FSC International Center has published a book Celebrating success: Stories of FSC certification with stories of FSC certification around the globe. The book includes the stories of diversity of ways in which FSC certification can bring social benefits with cases from Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa; hugely diverse in geographical location and type of forest, product, ownership, processing and management objectives. However, all the stories point to one conclusion: certification brings clear, concrete and real benefits. The book has included a story from Nepal with a title Certification brings the market to the mountains that highlights FSC certification of community forests improving access to international markets for non-timber forest products and leading to better forest management.

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Med Herb Green Pages 2011

Rawal Medherbs Consultants Private Ltd., a well known Indian publisher has published Medherb Green Pages (MGP) 2011 (India, Bangladesh and Nepal), that includes the trade information related to herbs and their allied products in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The company has been publishing the MGP series since 2003 and the publication in past years has included the trade information of India and different countries including Nepal, Indonesia, Germany, Netherland, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Dubai. Since last year, ANSAB started to work with the Rawal Medherbs in collection and compilation of information from Nepal resulting to the 2010 and 2011 publications.

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MARKET PRICES

Nepal
India
Chiretta
425
640
Up
Spikenard
405
700
Down
Indian mastiche
275
Up
424
Down
Madder
92.5
Up
128
Down
Himalayan rhubarb
55
Down
73.25
Up
Indian valerian
162.5
Down
315
Dried ginger
185
Down
200
Down
Cinnamon 62.5
Up
80

November 2011 prices in NRs./Kg. Average of five markets (Kathmandu and Nepalgunj for Nepal, Delhi, Tanakpur, Lucknow and Kolkata for India). Variations calculated from the previous month.

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IN BRIEF

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ANSAB provides its technical services for handmade paper production in Papua New Guinea

ANSAB’s handmade paper technician Mr. Palden Sherpa provided a 45 days training for the local communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to make handmade paper in the country. Mr. Sherpa was in PNG from last week of August to the mid October in invitation of PNG’s leading retail/wholesale organization – City Pharmaceutical Limited (CPL) to reproduce ANSAB’s working experience in Nepalese handmade paper in the country.  ANSAB’s technical service to PNG came into effect after ANSAB and CPL developed a partnership in 2010 for a fact finding mission in PNG to initiate pilot projects within local communities to conserve forest resources and maintain ecosystem services and make communities take steps to responsible harvesting of their natural resources. ANSAB will also be providing its expertise to CPL to identify enterprise options for communities and design interventions for community enterprises development and environmental conservation. ANSAB will also work with CPL to find markets for the finished products.

FGGS Graduation

Class of 2011 of Future Generations Graduate School concludes with their Graduation Ceremony in Nepal

The Class of 2011 of the Future Generations Graduate School received Master’s Degree of Applied Community Change and Conservation in their Graduation Ceremony on October 29, 2011 organized by the School in Kathmandu in collaboration with ANSAB. The students were in Nepal following their Peru Residential for the preparation and presentation of their final practicum; the students, Dean, Faculty Members, and the chairperson of the Future Generations, Daniel Taylor visited ANSAB office and the fields. During their stay in Nepal, ANSAB’s Executive Director Dr. Bhishma Subedi who is also an adjunct professor the Graduate School co-taught course on Human Ecology, and the ANSAB team supported them for their field in ANSAB program areas. A total of 15 students from different countries including United States, Canada, Bangladesh, Peru, Tanzania, Guyana and Burundi graduated from the School this year.

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ANSAB’s Partners – Himalayan Biotrade and EnterpriseWorks/ VITA meet with Aveda Leadership

Khilendra Gurung, Manager of Himalayan Biotrade Private Limited (HBTL), a certified Wildlife Friendly® company and Ann Koontz,EnterpriseWorks/VITA visited Aveda’ s Headquarters in Blain, Minnesota to discuss with senior management the Aveda-Nepal partnership. For the fourth year, Aveda has featured Nepali handmade lokta bark paper in this holiday gift line. The ANSAB, HBTL, EWV and Aveda partnership was first supported by USAID which launched the Nontimber Forest Products Certification and Marketing Alliance in 2002. Now, ten years later the public-private partnership continues to grow with a tripling of product sales and work on new product development.

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