News & Updates

Thursday, 11. July 2013
Nepal: Conduct market analysis of demand/interest for ES based FSC certification at national and pilot site level

Field activity in market analysis of demand/interest for ES in Dolakha district was completed. A first round of field visit for questionnaire survey was held from April 8th to 11th and a follow up visit to enrich finding was made again from the 8th to the 11th of May. The survey was done with officials from District Forest Office (DFO), District Soil Conservation Office (DSCO), Bhimeshwor Municipality, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Sipring Khola Hydro-power and Community Forest User Groups(CFUGs). Officials from DFO, DSCO and municipality expressed their willingness to support ForCES in implementing field activities in pilot sites. Initial reflections from the survey indicated that a demand for drinking water as ecosystem services (ES) exists among buyers. The survey also indicated that the suppliers are also able to provide the service sustainably. Market analysis report is in progress and will be shared by the end of July.