News & Updates

Sunday, 06. July 2014
Nepal Update: Completed Activities

• A four day training-of-trainers (ToT) on forest certification for ecosystem services and free informed and prior consent (FPIC) was held 28–31 March 2014. A total of 25 people (including seven women) representing federation of community forest users Nepal (FECOFUN), district forest offices, key members of community forest user groups (CFUGs) and ForCES project staff participated in the training. The objectives of the training were to develop local capacity to facilitate forest ecosystem services certification process. Participants received training material on the ForCES project, payment for ecosystem services (PES), sustainable forest and ecosystem services (ES) certification and FPIC to enhance their knowledge of ES certification processes.
• The project staff selected seven participants from the ToT training as local resource persons (LRPs) who are in charge of raising awareness on ES certification and FPIC in local communities. ANSAB΄s team explained the work to the LRPs and provided posters in the local language that explain sustainable forest management and its benefits, PES, and ES certification; these will support effective communication at local level. The ANSAB team and the LRPs went on to co-facilitate the community forest management committee meeting to identify different hamlets and interest groups in each CFUG. Hamlets are small groups of hourseholds and interest groups refers to households that have similar occupations – collector or processor of non-timber forest products, or pastoralist herder, for example. Thanks to this process, a total of 37 CFUGs in Charnawoti landscape and three conservation area management committees of Gaurishanker landscape are now informed about ES certification process. Then they identified a total of 89 hamlets and 7 interest groups. Then the LRPs facilitated a half-day awareness training for in each hamlet and interest group – a total of 3537 households – prior to gaining FPIC from CFUGs. The training covered the ForCES project, ES, ES certification and its benefits, the ES certification process and the role of the group and CFUG in the certification process.
• The ForCES team provided a half day orientation training on ES certification to 145 representatives from 145 CFUGs of the project district during the general assembly of district FECOFUN. FECOFUN is an umbrella organization of community forest user groups that is electing new governing body (steering committee) at central and district branches. The main objective of the training was to inform the representatives of CFUGs at landscape level about ES certification.
• A one-day training was organized at Dolakha on 30 May to orient the media on forest certification for ecosystem services. Twelve journalists from eight national and local media organizations were involved in the training, which provided an overview of ForCES project, potential ecosystem services (ES) in Charnawoti and Gaurishanker landscapes, and the process and benefits of sustainable forest and ecosystem services certification. The participants discussed and identified the role of the media in managing forests and ecosystem services in a sustainable way. Furthermore, they expressed commitment to work for rich forests and ecosystems, and prosperous communities.
• Charnawoti community forest (CF) is the source of Charnawoti River which supplies water for drinking, irrigation and energy generation. The CF is an important source of drinking water for more than 1200 household of Bhimeshowr municipality (headquarter of Dolakha). The project organized several meetings between representatives of service providers and consumers to establish PES on drinking water for its sustainability. Finally, the water consumer committee committed to pay certain amount of royalty to service providers for sustainable management of resources and livelihood improvement of the area. Further, three parties (Charnawoti CF, water consumer committee and ANSAB) agreed to develop a credible mechanism and plan for establishing PES on drinking water.
• To continue collecting and developing baseline data for the ForCES project, the project team – supported by CIFOR – has developed a monitoring protocol for Charnawoti landscape (focusing on carbon sequestration and hydrological services) and Gaurishanker landscape (focusing on ecotourism). The questionnaire developed by CIFOR was tested on six households in Charnawoti and Yeklepakha CFUGs. Based on this pilot test, the project team provided input to CIFOR in order to finalize the questionnaire for full implementation.
• The project hosted and supported the mid-term reviewer to accomplish the mid-term review of the project. The project team provided all ForCES project documents and reports; arranged consultation meetings with different national and local stakeholders including forest management units; and organized stakeholders’ workshop at national level to draw the required information for review.