Himalayan Bioresources: Volume 7, Issue 2

Volume 7, Issue 2: May – June – July – August 2016

FSC national standard development in Nepal: Update on process and progress

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has recently revised and approved International Generic Indicators (IGIs) for using the standards in a consistent way across the world and strengthening the credibility of the FSC system. The IGI incorporates wide range of ecosystem services which are not adequately covered under the current sustainable forest management certification.  Based on the IGI, Nepal has been developing the national forest certification standards. ANSAB has been coordinating the process in Nepal under the Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCES) project that has been implemented in partnership with FSC with Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN), National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and Relief International (RI).

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PUBLICATIONS

Lessons from Nepal earthquake for the Indian Himalayas and the Gangetic plains

This book brings together the papers presented in a seminar “Lessons from Nepal’s Earthquake for the Indian Himalayas and the Gangetic Plains”, that was organized by Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA) in collaboration with ANSAB, G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED), Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Kumaun University. Articles in this book cover varied aspects of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake and the disasters it generated: seismicity and tectonics in the region, engineering geological risks, problems of providing medical aid, gender issues, local planning for relief provisions, mountain ecology and several other social issues.

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Community forestry in Nepal: Past, present and future perspectives

Published by the Korean Forest Economic Society, this paper discusses on the viability of community forest as the local institution for sustaining local livelihoods, rural development and sustainable forest management through partnership with local government bodies, civil society organizations and private sectors. It highlights the good governance, inclusion and transparency as the crucial factors for the robustness of the institution contributing to sustainable forest management.

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Historical evidence of climatic variability and changes, and its effect on high-altitude regions: Insights from Rara and Langtang, Nepal

Published in the International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, this study attempts to combine meteorological and satellite imagery for comparing local people’s perception so that a more robust validation can be established. This study shows that local people’s knowledge could be considered as a complement to the observed scientific evidences of climate change science and their perceptions can be used reliably where scientific data are lacking.

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Participatory biodiversity monitoring in community forests: A methodological discussion based on experience of Nepal

ANSAB has designed and practiced participatory biodiversity monitoring in Nepal’s community managed forests for over a decade. Building on ANSAB’s experience on participatory biodiversity monitoring, this paper, published in Proceedings of a national workshop Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Community Forestry in Nepal discusses about methods, applications and learnings of participatory biodiversity monitoring in community forests, and highlights three major criteria of biodiversity monitoring namely i) ecosystem health and vitality, ii) anthropogenic pressure and iii) enhancing factors and numerous local indicators under each criterion.

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EVENTS

Secretary of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation releases SAARC Resolution on Agroforestry

Mr. Uday C. Thakur, Secretary of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MFSC), Government of Nepal released SAARC Resolution on Agroforestry 2016 on June 3, 2016, during an inception meeting jointly organized by the SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD)/ Government  of Nepal; ANSAB; and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) at Kathmandu, Nepal. This meeting, held from June 1-3, 2016, was a continuation of Regional initiatives of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and ICRAF, where a strong consensus emerged to foster close collaboration and partnership among SAARC member states by initiating a SAARC Regional Coordinated Program on Agroforestry (SARCOPA).  Previously, the close collaboration of ANSAB, ICRAF and the Government of Nepal has resulted to the promulgation of Kathmandu Declaration on Agroforestry (2015), which remained an important landmark for the development of Agroforestry Policy development process in Nepal.

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Preparatory Workshop – FCPF Capacity Building on REDD+ for Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities in EAP and SAR

A regional preparatory workshop on FCPF – Capacity Building on REDD+ for Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities in East Asia Pacific and South Asia Region was organized by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and ANSAB on May 30-31, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop involved participation of 25 practitioners and experts from six FCPF countries eligible to received funding – Bhutan, Fiji, Pakistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and PNG; and the current and former Civil Society Organization (CSO) observers. During the workshop, the country representatives presented on the country-level ongoing activities on capacity building and awareness raising with the identification and prioritization of country level needs, and discussed regional workplan for capacity building activities in Asia Pacific region. The workshop finalized the selection modality, eligibility criteria of CSOs and activities for capacity building, and the terms of reference and composition of the regional advisory committee for the implementation of the FCPF capacity building activities.

90 community health workers in Nepal receive health care kits

In three different events held in Banke, Chitwan and Rupandehi districts, 90 community health workers (CHWs) have been provided with health care kits. The kits were distributed in presence of Dr. Ram Kumar Karki, District Livestock Services Office (DLSO) and Mr. Madhusudan Koirala, District Public Health Office (DPHO) in Chitwan district; Dr. Gandhi Raj Upadhyay, DLSO and Mr. Tanka Prasad Chapagain in Rupandehi district; and Dr. Bed Bahadur K.C., DLSO in Banke district. The final ceremony held in Banke was addressed by Andreas Roettger, the First Counsellor and the Head of the Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to Nepal. Under One Health Asia Programme (OHAP) funded by the European Union, and implemented in Nepal by ANSAB in partnership with Relief International, the CHWs received training on identification, response, prevention and reporting of zoonotic diseases prevalent in Nepal.  With these health care kits, more efficient service delivery to the community is anticipated from CHWs in reducing the zoonoses effect.

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International conference on Sustainable forest management certification for resilient ecosystem, improved governance and local livelihoods

ANSAB, in partnership with Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN), National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and Relief International (RI), and with support from the ForCES program and the Swiss Embassy in Nepal is organizing an International Conference on “Sustainable Forest Management Certification for Resilient Ecosystem, Improved Governance and Local Livelihoods” in November 24-25, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The objective of this conference is to share successful national and international good practices on sustainable forest management, payment for ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, FSC forest certification, and policy. The organizing committee will soon be inviting papers/posters from interested individuals, organizations, research institutions and academia for the conference. Details of the conference and the call for papers will be uploaded in ANSAB website.

PROJECT

Natural Resources Stewardship for Community Development

Aveda, a leading international cosmetics and personal care products company, has ongoing partnership with ANSAB and domestic enterprises in Nepal for bringing communities in Nepal the economic and social benefit they deserve. The partnership has been for more than a decade and has contributed significantly towards the community development initiatives in Nepal. In order to strengthen the partnership of Aveda and ANSAB for sustainable community development in Nepal, Aveda has supported ANSAB to promote conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and enhanced livelihoods options with social justice in rural communities of Nepal. This project has the specific objectives to: diversify the sources of revenue to select rural communities; contribute to develop a model village with model house in the context of recent earthquake in Nepal; and carry out research and track impactsof the program. The project has been implemented for a year starting from May 2016.

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MARKET PRICE

July 2016 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.

IN BRIEF

ANSAB supports earthquake affected communities in Dolakha and Sindhupalchok with livestock sheds

ANSAB has distributed about 1,800 Corrugated Galvanized Iron (CGI) sheets to 200 needy households in Dolakha and Sindhupalchok districts for livestock shed construction. As a part of the Earthquake Relief and Recovery Program (ERRP), under One Health Asia Programme contingency fund, the CGI sheets were distributed to minimize the vulnerability of local communities to zoonotic diseases by keeping livestock separate from the human community through provision of livestock sheds. With ERRP program, ANSAB has provided support to 806 households with food and nutrition, 162 households with first aid medicines, 488 households with temporary shelter package (high grade silpaulin tent) and 2,028 households on transitional shelter (CGI sheets and building kits) after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. It has also supported for the reconstruction of buildings of schools, community-based enterprises and association of community forest user groups.

ANSAB celebrates World Veterinary Day

ANSAB participated in the World Veterinary Day celebrations organized by District Livestock Service Office, Banke (DLSO Banke) on April 30, 2016 with joint effort from various organizations working on Zoonoses and One Health including One Health Asia Programme (OHAP), implemented in Nepal by ANSAB in partnership with Relief International and financial assistance from the European Union. The theme of this year was “Continuing Education with a One Health focus”, and is a part of the world veterinary day celebration organized by the World Veterinary Association and the World Organization for Animal Health. The rally was organized throughout the major parts of Nepalgunj with slogan banners and play cards containing messages on Zoonoses and One Health. The event was participated by OHAP staffs, OHAP trained CHWs and SHC members along with the active participation from the DLSO members and other concerned government/non-government bodies and personnel working on Zoonoses and one health.