Ongoing Projects

Revitalising community forestry through national dialogue and international conference
  • Period: 01/03/2023 – 30/06/2024
  • Financial Support: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia

The project has the following objectives

– To sensitise forestry sector actors and wider population on key policy issues. This involves conducting short diagnostic analysis of identified priority policy issues based on available primary research followed by organizing multi-stakeholder dialogue –Forest Dialogue.

– To strengthen research-policy linkage through integrating diagnostic studies, multi-stakeholder dialogue, media engagement and contribution to policy process

– To facilitate exchange and learning on community forestry, based on emerging issues in Nepal

Linking Science to Management: Restoring Community Forests in Nepal
  • Period: 01/07/2022 – 31/03/2025
  • Financial Support: Darwin Initiative/plush UK/DEFRA UK

The project’s main goal is to restore degraded patches of forest for enhanced biodiversity and forest carbon. The following four objectives have been established to achieve this goal, and different activities and practices will be carried out under each of these objectives.

– To restore Forest ecosystem and conserve biodiversity in Jalthal community forests

– To control existing and newly reported invasive alien species through the adoption of strong policy and operational measures by CFUGs, local governments and other stakeholders

– To increase opportunities for income and employment generation of forest-dependent people through better management of land and biological resources

– To mainstream Forest restoration and biodiversity conservation in the national and sub-national policy framework

Economic empowerment of women through forest solutions
  • Period: 01/10/2021 – 31/03/2024
  • Financial Support: The International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
This project aims at developing a greater understanding on how women’s empowerment can be achieved through low carbon, forest-based solutions, and develop entrepreneurial and policy tools to support it.
Economics of Forest Restoration in Chure region of Nepal
  • Period: 01/03/2022 – 01/12/2024
  • Financial Support: IDRC- SANDEE / MKAN

This research aims at generating information needed to design and implement effective nature-based climate solutions and access financial resources to support forest restoration.

Capacity Building and Finance for National and Local Action on Climate and Biodiversity (CBF)
  • Period: 01/02/2022 – 31/01/2024
  • Financial Support: IKI Small Grants - GIZ, Federal Republic of Germany

The primary objective of the initiative is to restore forest ecosystem, conserve biodiversity, and promote sustainable farming through invasive species management in community forests along Chure landscape of Nepal.

Enhancing Livelihoods from Improved Forest Management in Nepal
  • Period: 01/12/2018 – 30/06/2024
  • Financial Support: Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
  • Project Partners: University of Adelaide, University of New South Wales, ForestAction Nepal, Nepal Agroforestry Foundation, Department of Forests, Forestry Research and Training Center and RECOFTC

The project, “Enhancing livelihoods from improved forest management in Nepal (EnLiFT 2)”, is a forestry research project with funding assistance from the Government of Australia through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The project builds on the success and lessons of the 5-year project FST/2011/076, Enhancing livelihoods and food security from agroforestry and community forestry in Nepal, also known as the EnLiFT project.

EnLiFT is a collaboration among two international organizations and five national organizations. In its six-year tenure (1 December 2018 – 30 June 2024) it aims at understanding the socio-ecological impacts of Active and Equitable Forest Management (AEFM); improving local government planning in the context of rapid social, economic and political change; strengthening the Community Forestry User Groups (CFUG) system in the context of new local government powers; reducing gender inequality in community forest decision-making; low-labor input activities that are suitable for time-poor women; tree-based enterprises that could be deployed on under-utilized land (UUL); a new institutional framework for regulatory and institutional cooperation between the CFUGs and local governments; pro-poor forest based enterprises models; alternative regulatory structures for marketing forest products; and responses to the disconnection between research and policies for improving livelihoods.

Aims and Project Objectives

The aim of the project is to enhance forest management practices in community forests and private land to improve livelihoods and economic development and facilitate improved social equity. The following are the project objectives:

  • Objective 1: To enhance adoption and benefits from Active and Equitable Forest Management (AEFM) and improved private forestry practices
  • Objective 2: To develop and institutionalize community forestry planning, governance and gender equity frameworks within the new local government system
  • Objective 3: To design and facilitate the establishment of pro-poor small-scale forest enterprises

Major Themes and Priority Actions

Active and Equitable Forest Management (AEFM)

  • Application of AEFM in community and private forests
  • Capacity building of communities and stakeholders
  • Analysis of changing socio-ecological dynamics
  • Research supported policymaking in forest management

Planning and Governance

  • Develop and apply inclusive planning framework in community forestry
  • Test and institutionalize models of Community Forestry-Local Government (CF-LG) planning
  • Test and institutionalize gender equality models in community forestry
  • Facilitate strengthening of research-policy interface in forestry planning and governance

Forest Based Enterprises

  • Analysis of forest enterprises and value chain
  • Understand and facilitate regulatory reforms in forest based enterprises
  • Promote pro-poor and gender equitable forest based enterprises
  • Facilitate research backed policy process towards promoting forest based enterprises
Policy Advocacy on Agroecology and Sustainable Food System
  • Period: 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2024
  • Financial Support: Thousand Currents, ActionAid, DCA

The main goal of the project is to improve policy and practices related to agroecology and sustainable food systems in Nepal. The food and Agriculture team at ForestAction Nepal provides secretariat services to the Alliance of Agriculture for Food-AAF. AAF is a collective campaign involving Producer Farmers, I/NGOs and Civil Society Groups working on the issue of food, land, agriculture and climate change. The campaign aims to amplify the voices of smallholders, women and landless farmers and is committed to promoting sustainable agriculture through an integrated system of social development.

The major activities are broadly categorised under themes: Policy Research, Lobbying and Campaigning, Networking and Mobilization, Training and Capacity Building; and Documentation and Publication. The team mobilizes AAF in bringing issues of agroecology and sustainable food systems into debate through policy advocacy, lobbying and capacity building, supported by evidence generated by the team through research on related issues.