Himalayan Bioresources: Volume 5, Issue 1

Volume 5, Issue 1: May 2014

Economic growth and employment generation potential of forest-based industries in Nepal

A recent study has shown that the forest-based industries have very high potential for economic growth and employment generation in Nepal. The study has found that Nepal’s forest can generate economic value worth about NRs 370 billion generating over 1.3 million sustainable, full time jobs in Nepal. A national level study – Private Sector Involvement and Investment in Nepal’s Forestry: Status, Prospects and Ways Forward – conducted by ANSAB and its consortium partners Relief International/EnterpriseWorksVita (EWV) and Nepal Herbs and Herbal Products Associatoin (NEHHPA) on behalf of the Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MSFP) of Nepal came into this finding along with other important findings regarding Nepal’s forestry sector.

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Ecosystem based Commercial Agriculture: Towards transforming conventional agriculture and forestry into climate smart, attractive and socially prestigious business in Nepal

In order to tap the huge potential that exist in Nepal’s agriculture sector and address the challenges of resource degradation, fragmented land holdings, erratic climate systems, poor market linkages and labor shortages currently being faced by this sector, ANSAB has envisioned a new program named Ecosystem-based Commercial Agriculture (ECA), which aims to transform the traditional forestry and agriculture into climate smart, attractive and socially prestigious business. A climate smart ECA system, as envisioned by ANSAB, increases the production and productivity in a sustainable way; improves the resilience of agro-ecosystems and people to climate change; reduces/removes green house gases; and attract youths and make it socially prestigious generating better remuneration.

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Nepal Forest Sector Survey

The World Bank conducted an analysis of the forest sector in Nepal that provides policy priorities and recommendations to the Ministry of Forestry and Soil Conservation and other audiences, to improve mechanisms for resource mobilization in forestry, incentives, and governance. ANSAB’s Executive Director Dr. Bhishma P. Subedi served as the Forestry Specialist for the study.

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National Workshop on Ecosystem-based Commercial Agriculture in Nepal

ANSAB organized a national workshop on May 9, 2014 to i) share the concept of ECA system and practical experience, and ii) discuss on ways forward to promote ECA in Nepal through networking and coordination among various stakeholders working in agriculture sector. Participants of this workshop involved policy makers, researchers, entrepreneurs and representatives of development agencies working in Nepal.

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IGI public consultation in Nepal

In order to support FSC in developing International Generic Indicators (IGIs), ANSAB organized two meetings of IGI working group on February 18 and March 3, 2014 and a two-day national workshop on March 21-22, 2014 in Kathmandu during the public consultation period. FSC Secretariat has developed a set of IGIs to operationalize the Principles and Criteria Version 5 (P&C V5) approved by the FSC Board of Directors in February 2012 and to ensure their consistent application across the globe. This process will improve and strengthen the credibility of the FSC System.

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International Workshop on Market Based Incentives for Watershed Management

Research, Planning and Communication Manager, Sudarshan Khanal presented a case study on “Pilot REDD+ project in community managed forests in three watershed regions of Nepal: Incentives for improved forest management” at the International Workshop on Market Based Incentives for Watershed Management, held in Cape Town, South Africa, on December 11 and 12, 2013. UNEP in collaboration with the University of Cape Town organized the workshop, which reviewed the draft policy publication and identified policy recommendations for implementing market-based incentives for water resources management.

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International Conference on Forest Producer Organization- Strength in Numbers

Executive Director Dr. Bhishma P. Subedi participated the International Conference on Forest Producer Organization- Strength in Numbers organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN in Guilin, Guangxi Autonomous Region, China from November 25 to 28, 2013. The main objective of the conference is to strengthen the sustainable management of forested landscapes by smallholders and communities through forest producer organizations. The event produced Policy Brief on the creating an enabling environment for effective forest producer organizations and service platforms; synthesis document on best practices and enabling conditions for service providers/platforms; and synthesis document on improving the institutional enabling environment for forest-based enterprises.

Third Regional Forum for People and Forests Pathways to Sustainable Livelihoods: From Learning to Action

Executive Director Dr. Bhishma P. Subedi shared ANSAB’s experience on community forestry, markets and livelihood in the “Third regional forum for people and forests pathways to sustainable livelihoods: from learning to action” organized by the RECOFTC in Bangkok, Thailand on November 19-20, 2013. Dr. Subedi presented on the untapped potential, progress and positive response of community based forest enterprises, lessons learnt for the successful enterprise operation with social and conservation outcomes, and the framework for action.

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Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Regional Intermediaries Workshop

Executive Director Dr. Bhishma P. Subedi and Programs Manager Puspa L. Ghimire participated the FCPF (Forest Carbon Partnership Facility) regional intermediaries workshop held on September 4-5, 2013 in the World Bank Headquarters, Washington D.C. During the workshop, Dr. Subedi also presented on ANSAB’s Experiences on REDD+ and related activities among the participants. The World Bank has selected ANSAB as the regional intermediary organization by the World Bank for the FCPF capacity building programs for the fiscal year 2014-15 in Asia and the Pacific region.

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Forest Connect in Asia: Planning for the Future

Mr. Puspa Ghimire, Programs Manager shared ANSAB’s experiences and learning on community-based enterprise development in the international workshop on “Forest Connect in Asia: Planning for the Future” convened by RECOFTC in Bangkok, Thailand from August 15-16, 2013. The presentation covered ANSAB’s experience in enterprise program design including various business models adopted for making community based enterprise sustainable. The lessons learned and ways forward were also presented during the workshop. The workshop sought to build on the idea of ‘Forest Connect’, an ad hoc international alliance co-managed by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


Two EC-funded projects launched

1. Fighting Zoonoses in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal – Increasing awareness, prevention, & control of zoonoses

Funded by European Commission One Health Programme in Asia and led by Relief International UK this project is being implemented in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. This project will contribute to the reduction of zoonoses and alleviate their impact on fragile population by promoting awareness, behaviour change, and coordination between individuals and local and national authorities. ANSAB is the country focal point of Nepal. This project has been launched from January 2014 for 3 years.

2. Up-scaling the production and consumption of bio-energy to reduce carbon emissions and enhance local employment in Nepal

European Commission/Switch Asia call awarded the project to the consortium of Helvetas Nepal, ANSAB, IUCN Nepal and Technology Adaptive Research and Implementation Center, Nepal (STARIC/N) to up-scale the production and industrial consumption of bio-energy in Nepal for increasing employment and reducing carbon emissions in the country. ANSAB will provide services as enterprises and entrepreneurship development, product quality improvement, packaging and product promotion, linkages with marketing companies, and strengthening associations and entire value chain. The project will be implemented from January 2014 to December 2017.

Global Greengrants Fund grants ANSAB for Surkhet Water Program

The Global Greengrants Fund has awarded ANSAB for its charitable activities. With this grant, ANSAB and Himalayan Bio Trade Limited (HBTL) will work with the communities of Kunathari and Pokhari kanda village development committees (VDCs) in North-West of Surkhet district for the construction of clean drinking water project. ANSAB has previously worked with the Community Water Supply Project to the Ghulghule Masding Kapti Community Water Users Committee in Dolakha district, and communities of Attarpur VDC in Sindhupalchok district with the grants from the Global Greengrants Fund.

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ANSAB delivers course on community forestry and sustainable forest management to Masters Students of Future Generations Graduate School, USA

ANSAB provided theoretical and practical courses on community forestry and sustainable forest management in Nepal to the Masters level students of Future Generations Graduate School. The Masters level students focusing on Community-based learning were in Nepal residential last month. During their stay in Nepal, in the overall guidance of Executive Director Dr. Bhishma Subedi, Dr. Kalyan Gauli, Manager and Mr. Shambhu Charmakar, Program Officer – Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Climate Change (BESCC) program delivered three days (April 9-11, 2014) theoretical and practical course on community forestry formulation process, participatory forest inventory, well being ranking and sub-group formation, and sustainable forest management practices in Nepal.

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English Name Botanical Name Nepal Trend India Trend
Indian gooseberry Phyllanthus emblica 83.5 87
Rugwort Selinum tennifolium 120 310
Sweetflag Acorus calamus 102.5 166
Spikenard Nardostachys grandiflora 575 1,034
Himalayan rhubarb (rhizome) Rheum australe 85 115
Rock foil Bergenia ciliata 45 - 59
Long piper Piper longum 475 1,170
Wild asparagus Asparagus racemosus 287.5 450
Prickly ash Zanthoxylum armatum 210 271.25

April 2014 prices in NRs./Kg. Average of two markets (Kathmandu and Nepalgunj) for Nepal; and four (Delhi, Tanakpur, Lucknow and Kolkata) for India. Variations calculated from the previous month.

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