Himalayan Bioresources: Volume 8, Issue 1

Volume 8, Issue 1: January – February – March – April 2017

Climate-smart agriculture in the Himalayas – An innovative green business model for food security and poverty reduction of mountainous communities of Nepal

ANSAB has envisioned a concept of Ecosystem-based Commercial Agriculture (ECA) with the goal of transforming conventional farm and forestry practices into climate smart and prestigious business. A climate smart ECA system, as envisioned by ANSAB, increases the production and productivity in a sustainable way; improves the resilience of agro-ecosystems and people to climate change; reduces/removes green house gases; and attract youths and make it socially prestigious generating better remuneration. ECA focuses on agriculture production and marketing of products and services in an ecologically sustainable, economically competitive, and socially justifiable manner. Initiated in early 2010s, the ECA program has been implemented in various geographical settings in Nepal.

Building on the good results and best practices gained and the market outlets identified through the ECA initiative in Nepal, this concept was replicated in Bajura district from 2015 to 2016 in partnership with Mission East and ICCO Cooperation that implemented climate smart agriculture model for food security and poverty reduction of the mountainous rural communities.

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Directory of one health professionals

ANSAB has published a “Directory of One Health Professionals” under the One Health Asia Program implemented in Nepal by the organization in partnership with Relief International and financial assistance from the European Union. The directory brings together the contact details of the public and animal health practitioners and professionals in Chitwan, Rupandehi and Banke districts. It is anticipated that with this directory, the service seekers in each district could be acquainted with the professionals and practitioners in their appropriate location, and also contact them for their respective services. The contact details will also help in collaboration, networking and coordination among the professionals involved in one health sector at the districts and also at regional and central levels.

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People’s dependency on wetlands: South Asia perspective with emphasis on Nepal

Dr. Kishor Atreya, Agricultural and Environmental Health Expert at ANSAB co-authored a book chapter entitled “People’s dependency on wetlands: South Asia perspective with emphasis on Nepal” published in Wetland Science: Perspectives from South Asia discusses on the increasing dependency of people on wetlands for different resources in Nepal and South Asia.

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International conference on biodiversity and climate change assessment and impacts on livelihood

The Government of Nepal, Tribhuvan University, Agriculture and Forestry University in partnership of other 20 organizations organized the “International conference on biodiversity and climate change assessment and impacts on livelihood” on January 10, 2017 to bring eminent scientists, policy makers and development workers for integrating science, technology, policy and action in the field of biodiversity, climate change and rural livelihoods. The conference involved participation of over 250 Nepali and 100 foreign individuals, and emphasized on innovative applications of scientific and technological research to promote rural enterprises and broad based improvements in nutrition, health and living standards. ANSAB also served as a co-organizer of the conference. The conference was inaugurated by right honorable President Ms. Bidya Devi Bhandari.

Private and public sector actors acknowledge pilot initiative on ES certification in Nepal

In an exposure visit organized by ANSAB in Dolakha district of Nepal, national level private and public sector actors acknowledged the initiative on ecosystem service certification for improving local livelihoods and forest governance. A total of 20 participants representing government, Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI), forest ecosystem services based commodity associations, development organizations and media visited Charnawati landscape in Dolakha district from February 22-23, 2017, where ANSAB in partnership with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN), National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and Relief International (RI) has been piloting Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services. The participants received the ground level insights on community based sustainable forest management; forest certification of ecosystem goods, timber and non-timber forest products, and ecosystem services such as forest carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, watershed services and soil conservation; forest based enterprises and their potential scope of establishing the payment systems for the FSC certified goods and services at local, national and regional level for sustainable use.

ANSAB organizes study and exposure visit on sustainable cultivation, management and marketing of Chiraita (Swertia chirayita) for Bhutanese delegates

With request from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, Royal Government of Bhutan, ANSAB facilitated and organized a ten days study and exposure visit to their officials on sustainable cultivation, management and marketing of Chiraita in December 2016. A total of 8 officials visited and interacted with lead Chiraita farmers, community members and traders in Nepal and gained practical insights on the whole value chain of the sustainable Chiraita management. The visit was coordinated by Dr. Nabin Raj Joshi, ANSAB’s Forestry and Climate Change Expert, and included visit to Chiraita growing farms in Ilam, Dabur Nepals’s nursery in Banepa and ICIMOD’s Knowledge Park at Godavari, Lalitpur, Nepal. The team received ground level insights and practices on nursery development, seed sowing, enhancing seed germination, transplanting techniques, crop care, harvesting, postharvest practices, and marketing. The visit served as a useful insight and field based learning to the participants for sustainable cultivation, production, management and marketing of Chiraita and other MAPs and their enterprises through promoting and commercializing to generate local livelihoods in the diverse socio-cultural and ecological settings of the Bhutan.

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March 2017 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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Community managed farms and forest receive organic certification

Ashapuri Organic Pvt. Ltd. farm and Buddha Community Forest User Groups have been certified organic covering 20 ha of farm land and 171 ha forest area. The certification covers Ashapuri organic farm (10 ha) in Kavrepalanchok , and Nawal farm (5 ha) and Janakalyan farm (5 ha) in Nawalparasi districts and includes crops, dried herbs, spices, and other processed retail products such as yacon. The farms have been certified organic under the US National Organic Program (US NOP), Japanese Agricultural Organic Standard (JAS) and EU Organic Farming. Similarly, Buddha Community Forest User Groups (171 ha) has been certified organic under US NOP certified and includes products like dried herbs and wild crops. ANSAB facilitated on contact establishment with the certification body, conducting community level meetings and paper works, and documentation during the certification process. Ashapuri organic farm is the experimentation and demonstration centre for ANSAB’s Ecosystem-based Commercial Agriculture (ECA) program and has developed as a trusted organic lead-firm in the country.

GIZ awards ANSAB and its consortium for resources inventory and revision of operational plan of the targeted community forests of IN-MAPS working districts

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Nepal has selected ANSAB for the preparation of a resource inventory, and review and revision of operational plan of the targeted community forest of its IN-MAPs project working districts. The project aims to conduct inventory of selected MAP species and support CFUGs to revise their community forest operational plans in IN-MAPs project districts. A total of 126 community forests user groups (CFUGs) located in the IN-MAPs district is expected to benefit from this project. The project is being implemented for three months in partnership with People’s Help Group (PHG) from April 2017.

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National standards development group seeks comments on forest stewardship standards (NFSS) draft under public consultation

The FSC National Standards Development Group (SDG) Nepal has developed the FSC national forest stewardship standards (NFSS) draft for Nepal. The NFSS draft has been prepared by the SDG – an independent chamber-balanced multidisciplinary forum exclusively for the development of FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard for Nepal, and involved a series of consultations, incl. stakeholders and public, and field testing. The SDG Nepal is seeking comments on the NFSS (draft 2.0) for Nepal from the public consultation. The NFSS draft provides a basis for parties wanting to make claims that forest management practices have no adverse impacts. All formal comments will be considered to develop a relevant and applicable standard, which takes into account existing environmental, social and economic perspectives. Deadline for the public consultation is May 03, 2017.

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