Himalayan Bioresources: Volume 6, Issue 1

Volume 6, Issue 1: May 2015

ANSAB responses to the Nepal 2015 Earthquake

In response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015, ANSAB has started supporting the affected communities for their response and recovery attempts. ANSAB, along with its partners, have supported affected communities of Sindhupalchok, Kavrepalanchok, Dolakha, Gorkha, Bhaktapur and Nuwakot districts, prioritized based on the number of affected households and current needs by providing needed assistance on food and the provision for emergency shelters. ANSAB has developed an integrated support program that aims to address the much-needed requirements of the affected populations through two main program components: i) immediate relief support, comprising food and nutrition, temporary shelter, clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene; and (ii) recovery, comprising of safe shelter and livelihood security leading to development.

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Honorable Minister of Agricultural Development releases Kathmandu Declaration on Agroforestry

On March 28, 2015, Honorable Hari Prasad Parajuli, Minister of Agricultural Development, Government of Nepal released “Kathmandu Declaration on Agroforestry” in a consultation workshop organized jointly by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MOAD), Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MFSC) of the Government of Nepal, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and ANSAB. The workshop – “Present Status and Future Prospects of Agroforestry in Nepal” was held at Hotel Himalaya, Kathmandu, Nepal from 26-28 March 2015, and involved series of discussion on 27th and 28th among the participants from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, SriLanka and Kenya representing government ministries, civil society organizations, Universities and research institutions.

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Potential of Forestry Sectorin Economic Growth and Development – Short Concept Notes on Five Themes

Published by the Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MSFP), this paper emerged from a national level study conducted by ANSAB and its consortium partners to identify the status and prospects for private sector’s involvement and investment in Nepal’s forestry sector. As a part of this study, separate papers on five specific topics were prepared a) Improving Value Chain Governance for growth and equitable development from Forest Industry b) Scope for Private Forestry in Nepal c) Payment of Ecosystem Services in Nepal: Status, Prospects and Ways Forward d) Green and Fair Timber Value Chain Promotion in Nepal e) Most Promising Subsector Option for Forest-Based Enterprises in Nepal. The findings are based on the national level study, that involved i) consultations and interviews with key stakeholders and experts at local, national and international levels, ii) focus group discussions, iii) surveys of domestic enterprises and financial institutions, iv) case studies, and v) review of literature and records.

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International Symposium on Transforming Mountain Forestry

Executive Director Dr. Bhishma P. Subedi delivered a keynote speech on ‘Mountain Forest and Enterprise’ and spoke on panels themed ‘Mountain Forestry: Policy, Governance and institutions’ and ‘Forest Based value chain promotion in the HKH region’ in the International Symposium on Transforming Mountain Forestry organized from January 18 to 22, 2015 in Dehradun, India. The symposium was organized by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Forest Research Institute (FRI) Dehradun, and was supported by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of India, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), DEIF-UK Aid and the Austrian Development Agency. The Mountain Forestry Symposium provided a forum for over 200 regional and global experts to identify sustainable forest management practices and policies to address the changing conditions in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and propose a way to address conservation and inclusive development simultaneously.

Workshop on Quality Planting Material Production & Supply Systems

ANSAB’s Programs Manager – PuspaGhimire participated in a workshop on ‘Quality Planting Material Production & Supply Systems’in Gwalior, India that finalized the  “Guidelines for Production of Quality Planting Material” and “Guidelines for Certification Agencies Criteria”. The workshop was organized by the Gwalior Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, India, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Agriculture University, Gwalior and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) from January 16 and 17, 2015, and involved participation of representatives of various governmental bodies, agricultural universities, research institutions, finance agencies, farmers’ organizations and the private sector working in India and South Asia region. It is expected that the documents will be widely adopted in India and used to increase farmers’ interest and enthusiasm to adopt agroforestry with the availability of quality planting materials in the market.

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Charcoal Briquette Business Model in Nepal: Learning for Green and Fair Value-Chain Development

ANSAB’s Research, Planning and Communication Manager – Sudarshan Khanal presented a business model of charcoal briquette in Nepal that was initiated and developed by the organization in the Fourth International Forest Connect Workshop held in Hanoi from 15 to 18 January 2015. The workshop was organized by the International Institute of Environment and Development, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, RECOFTC-The Center for People and Forests and Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VNFU) with the aim to share and discuss findings from successful locally controlled forest business models. ANSAB’s presentation focused on the entire value chain of the charcoal briquette and the factors that made the enterprise activities competing in the biomass based energy sector. Discussion and presentations from other different countries followed after this that focused on how these lessons might best be mainstreamed within ongoing efforts to support forest producer organizations.

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Global Greengrants Fund awards ANSAB for the Jiri Drinking Water and Sanitation Program

The Global Greengrants Fund has awarded ANSAB for its community water supply project. With the grant, ANSAB will work with the communities of Jiri, Dolakha district for the construction, repair and maintenance of clean drinking water project and promotion of the sanitation program. ANSAB has previously worked with the communities of Attarpur village development committee (VDC) in Sindhupalchok district, Pokhari kanda and Kunathari VDCs of Surkhet district and Ghulghule Masding Kapti Community Water Users Committee in Dolakha district with the grants from the Global Greengrants Fund.

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FCPF-Capacity Building on REDD+ for Indigenous Peoples, Southern CSOs and Local Communities

The World Bank has selected ANSAB as an intermediary organization for its FCPF-Capacity Building of Civil Society Organizations in Asia pacific region. ANSAB is one of the six organizations selected by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility of the World Bank for “Capacity building on REDD+ for Indigenous Peoples and Southern CSOs and Local Communities” in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The six implementing organizations and the FCPF participated in a meeting in World Bank Headquarter from May 6 to 8, 2015, where the participants discussed on the definitions and inputs, implementation arrangements, outline of operation manual and technical committee to fine tune the project design and implementation.

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March 2015 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.