Himalayan Bioresources: Volume 5, Issue 2

Volume 5, Issue 2: September 2014

One Health Asia Programme (OHAP) – Fighting  zoonoses in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal

ANSAB in partnership with Relief International has been implementing European Union’s One Health Asia Programme – OHAP (Fighting zoonoses in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal(ABN)- Increasing awareness, prevention, & control of zoonoses). The project is premised on the One Health approach that has objectives to improve health and wellbeing through the mitigation of risks and crises that originate at the interface between humans, animals, and their various environments. OHAP focuses on the multi-sectoral and collaborative “whole of society” approach to managing health hazards, as a systemic change of perspective in the management of risk. Current initiative – increasing awareness, prevention, and control of zoonoses has specific objective to strengthen capabilities in the three least developed countries in Asia to address and prepare for risks related to infectious diseases through the promotion of collaborations & networking.

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PUBLICATIONS

Prioritising Support for Locally Controlled Forest Enterprises

Published by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), this book emerged from the third international meeting of the Forest Connect alliance and offers an assessment of the likely impacts of small-enterprise support across different forest sub sectors in eight countries (Nepal, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Vietnam, Mexico, Tanzania, Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Researchers assessed the economic prospects of each locally controlled forest sub sector in their country and then evaluated the likely impacts against specific impact criteria in order to draw out lessons and make policy recommendations. These recognize two priority areas of support for locally controlled forest enterprises: ongoing support for capacity development in business management; and research into, and development of, appropriate mixes of enterprise options within multifunctional mosaics at a landscape scale that also restore the ecosystems upon which future prosperity will be based.

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Forest carbon assessment in community managed forest in Nepal Himalayas: Strengthening local communities to monitor carbon stocks under REDD+initiatives

This research article presents the learnings of the REDD+ pilot project “Design and setting up of a governance and payment system for Nepal’s Community Forest Management under Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” implemented by ANSAB, ICIMOD and FECOFUN with the funding of NORAD in three watersheds of Nepal. Community-based forest management in Nepal has effectively enhanced biomass stock and carbon sequestration, and thus could be a good contributor to a REDD+ program. Strengthening communities to own and monitor carbon stocks could provide a rapid and cost-effective way of estimating carbon dioxide emissions and contributing to local livelihoods and forest biodiversity conservation. The grouping of scattered community forests into a single unit, institutionalized community carbon registration and monitoring, and locally-based approach in monitoring may in fact provide a good way of addressing some of the social issues that have been raised in connection with the implementation of REDD+.

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Leasing Degraded Community Forests Land to Ultra-Poor Groups: A Promising Model for Improving Livelihoods and Ecosystem Resilience

An article written by ANSAB’s staff on ANSAB initiated subgroup model and its impact on forest governance, local livelihoods and the forest ecosystem was published in the workshop proceedings of the Regional Workshop on Pro-poor Leasehold Forestry. ANSAB’s senior program officer Shambhu Charmakar presented the paper in the workshop that highlights the innovative approaches and function of the subgroup model. The research for this study was conducted in the Dolakha district, which is one of the districts where the sub-group model in a few CFs has been successfully implemented for relatively long periods.

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EVENTS

Exchange of experience and knowledge between Myanmar and Nepal forest and farm producer organizations around market based approaches in enterprise development

ANSAB conducted a visit of Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) – Myanmar team from June 9 to June 16, 2014. The purpose of the exchange visit between FFF partners in Nepal and Myanmar was to support FFF program move forward with the forest and farm producer organizations from both countries through field visits, experience sharing and short workshops. 26 participants representing government, NGOs, producers, private sectors and community forest members from Myanmar visited Community Forest Users Groups (CFUG) in Sindhupalchwok and Chitwan districts, Community based Bio-briquette manufacturing enterprise in Sindhupalchowk district, Ashapuri Organic Farm in Kavrepalanchwok district, marketing companies based in Kathmandu namely Himalayan Bio Trade Pvt. Ltd. and Himalayan Naturals. The field visit was helpful in sharing Nepal’s and ANSAB’s successful model in Community forestry, Community based forest enterprise, Ecosystem based commercial Agroforestry, Forest based product marketing companies.

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National sharing workshop on “Forest carbon stock assessment for REDD+ in the Chitwan Annapurna Landscape

ANSAB organized a national sharing workshop on “Forest carbon stock assessment for REDD+ in the Chitwan Annapurna Landscape” on July 25, 2014.The main objective of the workshop was to share and get feedback on findings of the forest carbon stock assessment; geospatial analysis; and assessing land use economics to identify potential for REDD+ in Nepal and involved about 35 participants representing the Government ministries and departments, non-government organizations, diplomatic mission, bilateral program and academic institutions.

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Mid Term Evaluation Workshop for Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCES)

A “Stakeholder Workshop on Mid Term Review of Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCES)” was organized by ANSAB on June 7, 2014 to improve project implementation and performance during its second half based on a review of progress and achievements.30 representatives from partner organizations, FSC network partners, UNEP, Ministries, other high ranking governmental bodies, local NGO’s, INGO’s, private companies and enterprises, pilot site management committee, project staffs and consultants participated the workshop.

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Briquette value chain in Nepal – A model for economically viable, socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable business

ANSAB’s Research, Planning and Communication Manager – Sudarshan Khanal presented a business case on bio-briquette value chain in Nepal that was initiated and developed by the organization in a “Writeshop of business models for successful, locally controlled, forest and farm enterprises”, held in Bangkok, Thailand on September 4 and 5, 2014. The writeshop was organized by RECOFTC in order to capture the gained insights and experiences of successful community forest enterprises in Asian countries. ANSAB’s presentation was appreciated by the participating countries – Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, lndonesia and the Philippines as ANSAB’s initiative covered the entire value chain of the briquette in order to make competing enterprise activities in the sector.

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PROJECTS

Impact Evaluation Design for two REDD+ projects in India and Nepal

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) has selected ANSAB and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India to develop impact evaluation design for community REDD+ projects in Nepal and India under the ‘3ie Thematic window: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction’. Community Forestry International (CFI) is implementing REDD+ project in Meghalaya, India and a consortium of three organizations International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), ANSAB and Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN) have implemented the selected project in three watersheds namely Kayarkhola, Ludikhola and Charnawati of Nepal. The project has been implemented from July 2014 for three months.

Climate Smart Agriculture in the Himalaya – an Innovative Green Business Model for Food Security and Poverty Reduction of Mountainous Communities of Nepal

ANSAB has recently 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.Realizing the importance of ECA in Nepal, ICCO Cooperation and Mission East have joined their hands with ANSAB for the development and piloting of an agri-business project “Climate Smart Agriculture in the Himalaya – an Innovative Green Business Model for Food Security and Poverty Reduction of Mountainous Communities of Nepal” in Bajura district of Nepal. The green business model consists of community-private partnership to produce a balance of most remunerative and locally important products for food, nutrition and income security using climate smart technologies, where Innovative Agro Solution (IAS) will be a project partner from private sector. The project will be implemented for two years starting from September 2014.

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IN BRIEF

ANSAB’s develops a module on Sustainable Forest Management for RECOFTC’s train the trainers program

ANSAB has developed a module on Sustainable Forest Management for train the trainers program of the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC). The module builds on the ANSAB’s incentive oriented sustainable natural resource management approach.  Based on the module. Dr. Kalyan Gauli, Manager-Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Climate Change will be training the foresters from India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia at the RECOFTC Headquarter in Bangkok, Thailand from September 15-18, 2014.

MARKET PRICE

August 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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VACANCY

CHW Training Curriculum and Manual Development Specialist

ANSAB is looking for a well qualified and experienced consultant to develop CHW training curriculum training modules, and manuals for the basic and refresher trainings to be conducted under the OHAP (One Health Asia Programme (OHAP) – Fighting zoonoses in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal) project. Deadline for the application is September 17, 2014.

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Field Coordinator – Bajura District

ANSAB is seeking a well-qualified and experienced candidate for the position of Field Coordinator in Bajura district for the project – Climate Smart Agriculture in the Himalaya – an Innovative Green Business Model for Food Security and Poverty Reduction of Mountainous Communities of Nepal. Deadline for the application is September 21, 2014.

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