Himalayan Bioresources: Volume 5, Issue 3

Volume 5, Issue 3: December 2014

Status of Nepal’s Investment Climate influencing Private Sector Involvement and Investment in the forestry sector

A recent study has analysed the present situation to identify issues and possible actions for improving the factors that influence the risks, returns and transaction cost at various aspects of business establishment and operation, such as access to resources, establishment of enterprise, employing workers, access to finance, complying with taxes, trading of forest products and services, and settling disputes and enforcing contracts, which in turn determine the profitability and social image of business established and operated by private sector. The national level study on private sector involvement and investment carried out by ANSAB and its consortium partners Nepal Herbs and Herbal Products Association (NEHHPA) and Enterprise Works/VITA-A Division of Relief International (RI/EWV), USA on behalf of the Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MSFP) of the Government of Nepal has considered the positive role of the government and international agencies, including donors to improve the investment climate through formulation or reform of policy and legislative frameworks, infrastructure development, organizational development, institutional reforms, grants and seed funding for community organizations, and developing and demonstrating business models; and identified the factors as a) policy and regulatory environment governing the forest sector, b) institutional framework and political environment, and c) business development services including infrastructure and finance.

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Improving institutional and benefit sharing mechanisms of REDD+ in Nepal through application of sustainability standards at landscape level

A pilot initiative on application of forest related sustainability standards to the existing REDD+ process in Nepal has documented some findings to strengthen the forest management system by providing better environment and social safeguard in order to make REDD+ more functional. Provided Nepal has been implementing REDD+ and forest certification schemes, and these schemes are running in parallel in some forests under community management; ANSAB in partnership with Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN) and with financial support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) implemented the project – Improving institutional and benefit sharing mechanisms of REDD+ in Nepal through application of sustainability standards at landscape level – in Dolakha district of Nepal in order to support the development of harmonized mechanisms for applying REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards (REDD+ SES) initiative and FSC certification schemes at the same landscape and revise current institutional and benefit sharing mechanisms of REDD+. Major findings of the project in order to make REDD+ more functional include – bundling of different and scattered forest management units/regimes makes REDD+ project economically viable; identifying concerned actors of REDD+ and bringing their legitimate roles and costs on table increase the effectiveness of their participation in REDD+ project; and ensuring social, economic and environmental benefits at forest management unit (FMU) level, generates higher interests of local communities in promoting sustainable forest management and participating in carbon trade.

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PUBLICATIONS

Annual Report 2013

ANSAB has released its electronic version of 2013 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 $7.82 million in annual monetary benefits for 84,418 economic participants while bringing 1,07,700 hectare of forest and meadow areas under the improved community management.

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EVENTS

FSC lead auditor training on sustainable forest management

ANSAB organized a national level FSC lead auditor training on sustainable forest management in Kathmandu on September 22-24, 2014. It was facilitated by Mr. Gabrial Bolton, Forest Management Specialist and Mr. Indu Sapkota, Associate Manager, Asia Pacific Regional Office, Rainforest Alliance. A total of 20 national level professionals representing REDD-Forestry and Climate Change Cell, Department of Forests, Nepal Foresters’ Association, Federation of Community Forest Users Nepal, Tribhuvan University and some national NGOs of Nepal were trained in order to develop lead auditors on FSC forest management certification so that they could facilitate internal audits and overall FSC forest certification processes in Nepal.

Training on “Linking Enterprise Development with Value Chain”

Mr. Puspa L. Ghimire, Programs Manager, and Mr. Kabir R. Sthapit, Program Officer of ANSAB presented a session on “Concept and Approach of Value Chain” in a training “Linking Enterprise Development with Value Chain” organized by South Asia School of Rural Reconstruction (SARR) from September 18 to 22, 2014 in Kathmandu. The training was organized to enhance the capacity of development facilitators in the country working on forest and agriculture based enterprise promotion and market development that would contribute to the promotion of employment and livelihoods at the community level. ANSAB’s long experience on value chain establishment and development was sought by the School and with the session, the participants gained theoretical and practical knowledge on value chain concepts and its linkage to enterprise development.

Nepal Energy Garden Ambassadors’ Workshop

The University of Leeds in partnership with ANSAB and other national partners – Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal (ESON), Practical Action-Nepal and Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) organized a “Nepal Energy Garden Ambassadors’ Workshop” on October 10, 2014. The workshop disseminated the findings of field-based learnings to the national level policy makers (including the Minister of Energy, member of National Planning Commission and Members of Constituent Assembly), national research institutions and international donors working on energy sector, and also to develop Nepal Energy Garden Ambassadors at the community level in order to achieve societal impact. During the workshop, ANSAB’s Research, Planning and Communication Manager Mr. Sudarshan Khanal, Research, Planning and Communication Manager of ANSAB presented on the possibility of major biofuel plant species in existing farm and forest systems in Nepal.

One Health Meeting

ANSAB in partnership with the Department of Livestock Services held a “One Health Meeting” on December 7, 2014 in Kathmandu to share the objectives and activities of One Health Asia Programme (OHAP) in Nepal to concerned government entities and receive feedbacks on the program and to strengthen One Health Hub. Twenty government representatives working on one health, zoonotic diseases, health services, wild life and livestock sectors participated the event and appreciated the meeting as a fertile field for One Health Platform for addressing the issues related to Zoonoses, formulating guideline for One Health and reinforcing District Avian Influenza Technical Committee (DIATEC) established by Avian Influenza Control Project. The meeting decided to activate the One Health Hub with the joint support of relevant government bodies, I/NGOs, civil society organizations and other concerned bodies that was founded by Department of Health Services (DoHS Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), and Department of Livestock Services (DLS) Directorate of Animal Health.

PROJECTS

Value chain study of Tomato and Cauliflower in two districts in Nepal

ANSAB has entered into a subcontract with the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) to conduct value chain study of tomato and cauliflower in two Feed the Future (FtF) districts – Banke and Kapilvastu of Nepal for the “USAID Post harvest Component” project. The project will be implemented from November 2014 to February 2015.

A market study for Nepalese Ginger and its derivatives in India and Bangladesh markets

FAO has sought ANSAB’s assistance to carry out market study for Nepalese ginger and its derivatives in India and Bangladesh Markets. The main objective of the study is to explore market demand of Nepalese ginger in India and Bangladesh in relation to current and potential supply. The study will be carried out between October 2014 and January 2015.

Write-ups of business models for successful, locally controlled, forest and farm enterprises

The International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED)has awarded ANSAB for the write-ups of business models for Nepalese charcoal briquette and handmade paper enterprises. ANSAB has developed and established the value chain of the charcoal briquette and Lokta handmade paper in Nepal, the briquette has now achieved urban markets in the country and the handmade paper the international market in the United States. In the write-ups, ANSAB will include the business model for each of these enterprises and interrogate the process by which the success was achieved. The write-up will be completed in February 2015.

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IN BRIEF

ANSAB organizes study visit on sustainable forest management in Nepal for Bhutanese delegates

With request from the Social Forestry and Extension Division (SFED) of the Royal Government of Bhutan, ANSAB helped organize a study visit in different parts of Nepal from December 7 to 13, 2014. A total of 14 participants, 5 from Community Forest Management Groups (CFMG) and 9 government officials, gained practical insights from the field on the role of existing community forestry system on income generation, livelihood opportunities and climate change issues in Nepal. The participants interacted and shared their experiences with CFUG members, government officials working for community forest (CF) and various project staffs promoting CF, REDD+, emission reduction, climate change mitigation and adaption measures. The procedures for above ground forest carbon measurement was demonstrated and visit to NTFPs cultivation area, NTFPs seed production networks and different plantation areas were made. Dr. Nabin Raj Joshi, Research Officer, ANSAB, facilitated the field visit that could serve as useful insight and field based learning to participants for further development of CF in Bhutan, particularly promoting climate change, REDD+ and forest carbon stock measurement.

MARKET PRICE

November 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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