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Goals and Objectives:

The goal of the project is to promote Participatory Sustainable Forest Management to improve the livelihood of forest dependent poor people.

Specific objectives are:

  1. To develop and implement the criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management and good governance in community forestry;
  2. To improve the livelihood of the forest dependent poor people through the community based forest enterprises and green jobs;
  3. To document the best practices from the pilot project and influence the policy to support the sustainable forest management and promotion of community forest based enterprises;
  4. To develop the human resources to support the sustainable forest management, livelihood improvement, community forest based enterprises and green jobs.

Expected Outputs:

  1. To develop and implement the criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management and good governance in community forestry;
  2. To improve the livelihood of the forest dependent poor people through the community based forest enterprises and green jobs;
  3. To document the best practices from the piloting and dissemination to influences the policy to support the sustainable forest management and promotion of community based forest enterprises.

Project Activities:

  • Development of criteria and indicators(C&I) of the sustainable forest management (SFM) and good forest governance (GG);
  • Revision of community forest operational plans and constitution based on developed (C&I) of sustainable forest management (SFM) and good forest governance (GG);
  • Improve the constitution and operational plans of CFUGs based on C&I of SFM and GG;
  • Public Auditing/Public Hearing of the CFUGs;
  • Capacity enhancement of  poor people of the CFUGs and strengthen their organizational capacity including development of household level livelihood improvement plans, development of the business plans and establishment of the community forest based enterprise; 
  • Documentations and dissemination to the wide range of the audiences of best practices and lessons learned, policy analysis and case studies carried out and published in media;
  • The field based local resource persons (LRPs) and center level project team will be recruited and trained with respect to the project objectives and goal;
  • A number of the orientation, reorientations and facilitation skill on the SFM and GG will be carried out to focus LRP within the project farm.
  • Executing Agency: Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN)

Project Executing Agency:

Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN)

Project Supervisory Agency:

Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (MoFSC)

Economy Directly Benefiting: Nepal

Project Cost: USD 577,159

APFNet’s Grant: USD 500,479

Counterpart Contribution and Co-financing: USD 76,680

Duration: 3 years

 

Progress

The goal of the project is to promote participatory sustainable forest management by developing and implementing the criteria and indicators of SFM and good governance with community participation, to improve the livelihood of forest dependent poor people by establishing the community based forest enterprises and creating the green jobs.

A number of key activities to establish sustainable forest management pilot sites and strengthen capacity-building both at the central level and local level have been conducted since the project was initiated in September 2010 (see figure 1 for working sites)

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Fig 1 Project target area in 21 districts (Click to View Larger image)

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Fig 2 Community saw mill in Dolakha

Forestry enterprises and sustainable forest management pilot sites were under construction in 4 clusters

Consultation workshops were conducted in four clusters, namely Dadeldhura, Dang, Morang and Kathmandu, in December, 2010. These regional consultations provided an opportunity for communities to voice their views on which area most needed project intervention and identified 11 potential community-based and sustainably managed forestry enterprises (See in Table 1) that would ultimately benefit the poor and the marginalized stakeholders. With the assistance of consultants, the CFUGs conducted feasibility study for enterprises establishment and value chain analysis of potential products, and developed the business plan (See in Figure 2). In addition, 5 CFUGs, where the forest inventory and biodiversity monitoring were conducted, were selected to demonstrate the SFM criteria and indicators and multiple functional use of forest resources.

SNEnterpriseDistrict
1 Handmade Paper processing Baitadi, Cluster-1
2 Allo  (Giardiana diversifolia) Processing Bajhang, Cluster-1
3 Handmade paper Achham, Cluster-1
4 Community Saw mill Rolpa, Cluster-2
5 Community Saw mill Dang, Cluster-2
6 Bio-Briquette Kathmandu,Cluster-3
7 Community Saw mill Sindhuli, Cluster-3
8 Community Saw mill Dolakha, Cluster 3
9 NTFPs Cultivation and Processing Sunsari, Cluster-4
10 Bamboo Cultivation and Handicraft Making Morang, Cluster- 4
11 Bio-Briquette Production Dolakha, Cluster 2

Table 1 Targeted community-based and sustainably managed forestry enterprises

Capacity of CFUGS in Project Areas was enhanced

Four consultation workshops were conducted in Kathmandu, Dadeldhura, Dang, and Moran to discuss and identify the potential enterprises according to the availability of resources and market. Besides, four national and cluster level and twenty one district level workshops on SFM and GG criteria and indicators were conducted to discuss the principles of sustainable forest management. In addition, various training activities were conducted on forest inventory,  biodiversity monitoring and registration, multiple functional utilization of forest resource, forestry enterprises and cooperatives establishment, revision of constitution and operational plan of CFUGs focusing on SFM, GG, biodiversity and enterprise development, and other relevant skill training (See in Figure 3). Apart from this, guidelines for the developing and implementing sustainable forest management principles, criteria and indicators were under development. These activities enabled local people to understand the importance of SFM and Good Governance, and at the same time enhanced the CFUGs’ capacity in SFM through demonstrating SFM criteria and indicators and multiple functional use of forest resources, establishing community-based enterprises and revising the constitution and forest operational plans.

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Fig3 Participation of marginalized people in decision making and benefit sharing

To learn SFM best practices and community-based enterprises operation, a study tour was organized on 31 October -11 November 2011. 8 members from project management board, FECOFUN, CFUG and partner organizations visited Lin'an County and Anji County in Zhejiang Province as well as She County in Anhui Province in China to field experience the sustainable forest management and enterprise operation (See in Figure 4 and 5).

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Fig 4 Bamboo Cultivation Site in Anji County, Zhejiang Province

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Fig 5 Bamboo Processing Plant in Zhejiang Province