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Participatory Action Research orientation for Local Research Group members

As a part of the ACIAR funded research project, Dr. Krishna Paudel gave orientation on Participatory Action Research (PAR) in the training entitled “PAR and Agro-forestry value chain” held in Lamjung (10-14 March, 2014) and Kavre (20-24, March, 2014). The training was conducted for the members from local research group and these participants will be participating in the research activities throughout this project period. The training covered principles, process and cycle of PAR. He also shared about the implementation and monitoring process for PAR. Similarly, linking with the research themes and the activities of the project, he also discussed on the roles of local resource person/groups and also research team members in PAR.

  

REDD+ and Grassroots capacity building

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Forest Action organized National Level Dialogue on Grassroots Capacity Building in REDD+ in Nepal in a joint collaboration with FECOFUN and HIMAWANTI on 29th January, 2014 at Kathmandu. Dr. Naya Sharma Poudel and Dr. Rabindra Roy moderated the session and delivered a presentation entitled “Consultations and Capacity Building Programs to Grassroots Actors in REDD+: A Relfection”. The participants had shared their experiences gained with the national level stakeholders in REDD+ while executing the capacity building projects at grassroots level in 18 districts of Nepal. Along with this, they had also communicated the concerns and issues of grassroots actors in REDD+ to the policy makers and other key stakeholders through cascade approach. 

 

Enhancing Livelihood Through Forest Based Enterprises

Forest Action Nepal and Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) had jointly implemented Multi Stakeholder Forestry Project(MSFP) cluster one with an aim to improve the livelihood and resilience of the poor and disadvantaged people in Koshi Hills Districts (Sankhuwasabha, Bhojpur, Dhankuta, Tehrathum). The major activities includes piloting intervention on forest based enterprises ( Bamboo handicraft, Lokta handmade paper and Sisno Powder making), value chain analysis of 12 different timber and non-timber forest products (Bamboo, Khair, resin, Amriso, Bael, Satuwa, Chiraito, Lokta, Rudrakchya, Alaichi, Uttis, Allo), scoping studies(two) on policy hurdles for forest based enterprises, preparation of guidelines (CF governance, livelihood improvement plan, LAPA and forest based enterprises) and documentation of the best cases.

 

Completion of Apprenticeship Course

The one and half yearly apprenticeship modular course on “Transformational Activism for Sustainable Development” has been successfully completed. The final module (sixth) was conducted in Bharatpur, Chitwan for 3 days (10th -12th March 2014). This module was mainly focused on the community forestry. Besides that , the overall review/reflection and evaluation of the course was done by the participants and course organizing team. This was a second series of an apprenticeship course conducted by Forest Action Nepal. Total 15 participants successfully completed the course.

 

The World Congress on Agroforestry

More than 1000 scientists, researchers and experts gathered in Delhi on 10-14 February, 2014 to attend The World Congress on Agroforestry. The event was organized by the World Agroforestry Centre, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Indian Society of Agroforestry and Global Initiatives aimed at bringing new dimensions and discourse on Agroforestry globally. The event gave an opportunity for hundreds of researchers to present their ideas and provided a platform for learning from others. Three researchers from ForestAction Nepal (Dr Krishna Paudel, Dil B Khatri and Sujata Tamang) presented their research paper and contributed to debate on Agroforestry issues.

 

Exposure visit to Rajasthan, India

As a part of the capacity building support, Forest Action team organized exposure visit on arid agriculture to Rajasthan, India. The participants were able to learn about water management system in arid and semi arid region (water harvest and recharge system), soil conservation and moisture management in dry and waste land through exposure and interaction with the local NGOs working in the areas for several years in the issues of sustainable agriculture and agriculture system.

 

A retreat to Chitlang

 

Forest Action Nepal organized a retreat cum exposure visit to Chitlang and Kulekhani on 6-7th March, 2014 for its staffs. The main purpose of the retreat was to provide refreshment/entertainment and peer learning among its staffs, carries out project updates and was also guided by the community insights and their initiatives. Similarly, the other motive of the retreat was to provide an opportunity to learn about the strengths of team building viz playing team game to gain insights about the team building. Along with these, professionals and researchers of FA, Dr. Krishna Poudel, Mr. Kamal Bhandari, Mr. Rahul Karki, Ms. Sujata Tamang, Mr. .Amrit Adhikari and Ms Arati Thapa also highlighted about the reviews/reflections and updates of the activities and publications of Forest Action. Community exposure visit to goat farm, goat cheese factory, oat seed/species plantation, sightseeing of Indrasarobar, Kulekhani had aimed to get insights regarding the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) mechanism and its local practices.

Recent Publications

Paudel, N.S., Paudel, G., Karki, R., and Khatri, D.B., 2014, Revenue and employment opportunities from timber management in Nepal's community forests, Policy Brief No. 29, ForestAction Nepal.

Khatri, D.B. and Paudel, N.S. 2013. Is Nepal Getting Ready for REDD+? An Assessment of REDD+ Readiness Process in Nepal. Discussion Paper Series 12.2. Kathmandu: ForestAction Nepal

Adhikari, Mina. 2013. Local level impact of climate change in Nepal: A study compilation. Help book for facilitator. ForestAction.

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