Himalayan Bioresources: Volume 8, Issue 2

Volume 8, Issue 2: December 2017

Sikre: A village in Nepal Mountain on the path of transformation to sustainable rural development

With a vision of creating rich biodiversity and prosperous communities, ANSAB generates knowledge and designs programs for community-based, enterprise-oriented solutions, which are then implemented in partnership with community groups, local enterprises and other stakeholders. The major outcomes achieved include the conservation of ecosystem and biodiversity, improvement in local livelihoods, enhanced capability, improved governance, and social harmony. As a part of its program ‘transforming natural resource dependent rural communities into commercially viable and sustainable entities’, ANSAB has been supporting several villages in mountains of Nepal. Since 2007, an interesting set of practices has been initiated in Sikre, a very poor village in Sindhupalchok district of Nepal, which shows a promise of being transformed into a model community for integrated sustainable rural development in mountain.

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FSC recognizes ANSAB for its contribution to sustainable forest management

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International awards ANSAB in recognition of its outstanding achievements to promote responsible forest management, ecosystem services certification and sustainable community development. The FSC award was distributed among FSC members and stakeholders in a general assembly program held in Vancouver, Canada.

PUBLICATIONS

ANSAB’s approach for farm and forest based enterprises: A successful case for business incubation

ANSAB, on request of International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), documented its approach to develop incentive-oriented community-based farm and forest enterprises as a successful case for business incubation. IIED closely with the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) of the Food and Agriculture Organization has been trying and improving the provision of a business incubation services in a range of countries. Over the past 25 years, ANSAB has been generating and implementing enterprise oriented solutions for conservation and sustainable community development, through which a number of businesses utilising forest and farm resources have been incubated and graduated and now function well, with some exemplary outcomes.

Traditional Agricultural and Medicinal Practices in the Kailash Sacred Landscape, Nepal

Dr. Kishor Atreya, Agricultural and Environmental Health Expert at ANSAB led a study on “Traditional Agricultural and Medicinal Practices in the Kailash Sacred Landscape, Nepal”. This study has been undertaken jointly by the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) Nepal, Research Center for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) under Tribhuvan University, Nepal and the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) under the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative. The study documents the traditional practices in the area, especially on agriculture and forest-based herbal remedy, and empirically determines the factors behind the erosion of such traditional practices.

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The greening of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau under climate change

A paper on “the greening of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau under climate change’’ was published in the international peer reviewed journal – Global and Planetary Change. This study presents modeled climate change projections with respect to the suitability for the growth of near-tree-line plant species of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau and estimates their potential future distribution and the extent of greening in the region. Dr. Kishor Atreya, ANSAB’s Agricultural and Environmental Health Expert co-authored the paper.

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EVENTS

National Agroforestry Policy Dialogue

ANSAB provided support for organizing a National Agroforestry Policy Dialogue jointly organized by the Government of Nepal through Inter Ministerial Coordination Committee on Agroforestry, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF ) and Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) from November 1 to 5, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. This event provided policy feedbacks from a range of relevant experts and stakeholders to the ongoing national agroforestry policy formulation process through three national level workshops involving i)high level government officials on November 1 & 2, ii) civil societies, development partners, donors and universities on November 4, and iii)business development and financial service providers on November 5. ANSAB has been providing regular technical support for the development of the national agroforestry policy in Nepal, including the promulgation of the Kathmandu Declaration on Agroforestry in 2015 as a part of the process.

ANSAB shares its approach on forest-based enterprise development in CoNGOS learning event, Cameroon

ANSAB’s Programs Director, Puspa Ghimire, presented ANSAB’s experience in community-private-partnership model in forest-based enterprise development in Nepal during a learning event “Opportunities and Approaches to Supporting Community Forest Enterprises” organized by CoNGOs: NGOs Collaborating for Equitable and Sustainable Community Livelihoods in Congo Basin Forests/International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) from July 18-20, 2017 in Kribi, Cameroon. The presentation covered the ANSAB’s approach on incentive oriented natural resource management and its impact in terms of sustainable forest management and livelihood improvement of forest dependent communities. The program participated by experts, professionals and practitioners working in forest-based enterprise development in Congo basin appreciated ANSAB’s practical approach and its impacts and found its relevance to be applied in their area.

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IN BRIEF

Nepal submits FSC National Forest Stewardship Standards draft for approval

The FSC National Standards Development Group (SDG) of Nepal has developed the FSC National Forest Stewardship Standards (NFSS) pre-approval draft and has submitted to the Policy and Standards Unit (PSU) of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for its final approval. The NFSS development process in Nepal was facilitated by ANSAB with financial support from the Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCES) project, FSC, and WWF Nepal. The formal NFSS development process began in 2013 and included the formation of the SDG and a consultative forum, drafting of NFSS, field testing, public consultation, consultation with FSC PSU, production of a pre-approved NFSS for Nepal, and finalizing and getting approval of the NFSS.

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s Regional Capacity Building Project on REDD+ formally launched

ANSAB, as the recipient of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Capacity Building on REDD+ for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Local Communities ‎in East Asia Pacific and South Asia Region, has formally initiated the project. ANSAB and the World Bank entered into the agreement in August 2017 for implementing the REDD+ capacity building initiatives in Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Vanuatu, and Vietnam who will also participate in regional knowledge exchange events. This project will be implemented until December 2019.

ANSAB supports flood affected communities in Nawalparasi district of Nepal

ANSAB, in partnership with Aveda Corporation-USA and collaboration with the community group and district level public and private stakeholders provided integrated flood recovery support to 20 households in Nawalaparasi district. The households were severely affected by the flood triggered by heavy monsoon rainfall. With the support, 14 houses are being constructed, each of which are two-storey with four rooms. Community members also received seasonal vegetable seeds and training for their cultivation, who have now established vegetable nurseries in their fields. A drinking water supply program has also been initiated in the community with provision of material support for 2 new tube-wells and RCC flooring in the existing 18 tube-wells.