Himalayan Bioresources: Volume 7, Issue 3

Volume 7, Issue 3: September – October – November – December 2016

ANSAB initiates result based payment for ecosystem services on drinking water in Nepal

A result based Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) on drinking water has been established in Nepal incorporating Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) (FSC)’s Ecosystem Services (ES) standard that the communities are now practicing and performing in Dolakha district. This initiative was initiated under the GEF funded Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCES) project that ANSAB has been implementing in Nepal in partnership with FSC, Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN), National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and Relief International (RI) with the aim to pilot test the expanded and enhanced global and national environmental standards applied to emerging markets for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services with upgrading FSC certification standards. The current PES mechanism involves the organization of the upstream forest managers into a resource management committee and the downstream water users into drinking water user’s institution governed and regulated by an operational guideline. As an initial payment, the upstream resource managers have received NRs. 80,000 from this mechanism.

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PUBLICATIONS

Community health worker training manual

ANSAB has published ‘Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Manual’ under the One Health Asia Program implemented in Nepal by the organization in partnership with Relief International (RI) and financial assistance from the European Union. This training manual incorporates a single unified concept of “CHWs” derived from both animal and human health sectors in line with the One Health approach, and aims at capacity building of the grass-root CHWs in timely identification, prevention, surveillance, and reporting of the major zoonotic diseases to the national system.

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Forest carbon assessment in Chitwan-Annapurna landscape

This study “Forest Carbon Assessment in Chitwan-Annapurna Landscape (CHAL) for REDD+ Readiness Activities” conducted by ANSAB and its collaborating partners – International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and UNIQUE Forestry and Land Use GmbH on behalf of the Hariyo Ban Program, provides technical baseline and other needed socio-economic information to initiate REDD+ readiness activities in CHAL for the conservation of biodiversity and increased benefits to the communities. The study shows that CHAL has significant potential to enhance the condition of forests for carbon sequestration and other co-benefits through the implementation of REDD+ project, and suggests various activities to initiate REDD+ readiness activities in the region.

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EVENTS

Focused group discussion on Post disaster restoration of agriculture in Nepal

SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), Centre for Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD), and ANSAB organized a focused group discussion on “Post Disaster Restoration of Agriculture in Nepal” on December 16, 2016 in Kathmandu. The program was organized with an aim to undertake the progress of the Agroforestry work conducted jointly by SAC, Government of Nepal, ICRAF and ANSAB and take those lessons forward into the mainstream agricultural policies and programs after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. About 20 representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, MoAD, Ministry of Livestock Development and Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development participated the meeting and shared on the government’s post disaster initiatives. ANSAB Nepal’s vice person Dr. Netra Timsina facilitated the discussion.

National workshop on One Health and Zoonoses in Nepal

ANSAB organized a national level workshop on One Health and Zoonoses on December 14, 2016 in Kathmandu to share the progress and achievements of One Health Asia Program (OHAP) in Nepal, and to facilitate discussion on issues, challenges and the ways forward on One Health in Nepal. OHAP is a European Union funded program being implemented in Nepal by ANSAB in partnership with Relief International (RI) since March 2014 to December 2016. Around 60 participants representing the government ministries and departments, non-government organizations, donor agency and academic institutions participated in the workshop. The participants appreciated the OHAP’s effort to reduce the impact of the zoonoses and acknowledged the relevance of OHAP at the current national context highlighting the necessity of coordination among the stakeholders.

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 funding support from the Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCES) program and the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal organized a Conference on “Sustainable Forest Management Certification for Resilient Ecosystem, Improved Governance and Local Livelihoods” from November 24-25, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The main objective of this conference was to contribute to the sustainable management of forest, ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation through sharing and exchange of knowledge and practical experiences from Nepal and other countries. The conference concluded that the learnings from piloting of forest and ecosystem service certification could be utilized for the policy formulation of ecosystem services in Nepal, since global FSC standard with additional ecosystem services is a powerful tool to claim and bring the economic incentives to the local forest managers with premium prices ensuring long-term conservation and wise use of the resources.

MARKET PRICE

November 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.

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IN BRIEF

ANSAB receives the adaptation at scale Protsahan award

ANSAB has received the Adaptation at Scale Protsahan award for its ecosystem-based commercial agriculture initiative in Bajura district, being implemented in partnership with ICCO Cooperation and Mission East. The award funded by the DFID-UK Department for International Development, is awarded for the innovative community driven climate change adaptation initiatives that have potential for scaling up to reach more people and larger areas in Nepal. 15 initiatives from among 59 applicant organizations presented their initiative during the event and were qualified for the award.

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ANSAB presents in Forest Investment Program’s initiative for exploring opportunities in Nepal’s forestry

ANSAB’s Executive Director, Dr. Bhishma P. Subedi, delivered a presentation on “Opportunities for Private Sector Investment in Nepal’s Forestry” in a national level workshop organized by Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation and the Forest Investment Program/World Bank from October 25 -27, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop was organized to explore opportunities on Nepal’s forestry for Forest Investment Program in the country. Based on a national level study on private sector involvement and investment in Nepal’s forestry conducted by ANSAB, Dr. Subedi’s presentation provided a thorough understanding of the current status and future potential of the private sector involvement and investment in Nepal’s forestry sector along with the appropriate intervention strategies for developing economically viable and socially and environmentally responsible forest-based industries in Nepal.

ANSAB partners with Estee Lauder Companies towards making technical education practical and accessible for rural communities

ANSAB has been supported by Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (ELCO) for an initiative with an objective to pilot a system of attracting rural youth, with a special focus on girls, to technical education through improved practical aspects and access of marginalized youth. With the partnership for a year, ANSAB will develop technicians on eco-farming and enterprise development with inclusion of practical aspects on technical education and vocational training (TEVT), and provide on the job training (OJT) to the rural youths at the ANSAB supported eco-farms and enterprises. ANSAB has been closely working with Aveda, an affiliate of the ELCO for bringing the communities the economic and social benefit they deserve, esp. through revenue diversification initiatives at community level.

ANSAB provides cold chain equipment in Banke, Chitwan and Rupandehi districts of Nepal

ANSAB has provided cold chain equipment to district livestock service offices (DLSOs) in Banke, Chitwan and Rupandehi districts to contribute towards cold chain maintenance of the vaccines at the district level as part of the One Health Asia Program (OHAP) in Nepal. The equipment provided to the DLSOs included generators – 1 in each district, vaccine refrigerators – 6 in Chitwan and 5 each in Rupandehi and Banke, vaccine freezers – 1 in each district, vaccine carriers – 10 in each district. Furthermore 13 computers, UPSs and printers were also provided to the DLSOs to contribute towards strengthening the disease recording and reporting system of cold chain sub-centers. Altogether 93 veterinary and public health professionals in the districts were trained on cold chain and equipment handling.