Achievements: Nepal

Achievements: Nepal

Starting the grassroots project activities in late 2009, in Nepal the grassroots project has organised nearly 600 differnet trainning and learning events at various level, and reached out to nearly 24,000 participants. Over 40% of them are women participants. Output wise achievements of the project in Nepal are listed below.

 

Output 1: A set of training package on REDD+ for Grassroots stakeholders is developed

  • REDD+ training manual: Nepal team took lead to develop two REDD+ training manual, one for national level stakeholders and facilitators, while other one was for grassroots level facilitators, by engaging with a consortium of key stakeholders in the country, including REDD+ Cell of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation. These manuals are then translated into English and shared with other countries to adapt them to their context. The REDD+ manual in Nepal has now been further updated and a revised version of the manual was released in 2013.
  • Climate Change and REDD+ Poster: A set of posters describing the concept of climate change, its causes and impacts, and role of forests in climate change mitigation through REDD+ mechanism is developed and used effectively by the local facilitators to raise awareness among grassroots stakeholders on  basic concept of climate change and REDD+ and the role of local communities in sustainable forest management.
  • Handbooks on REDD+: As series of handbooks in the form of questions and answers are produced  in Nepali language for local trainers and facilitators for supporting them to provide simplified information on Climate Change, REDD+ and relevant issues associated with social safeguards such as gender in REDD+, FPIC in REDD+ and Equity in REDD+ .
  • Radio program for awareness raising: A series of 6 radio episodes were produced and broadcasted introducing the concept of climate change and its effect; implication of climate change in Nepal; importance and roles of forests in climate change mitigation; causes of deforestation and degradation; REDD+ concept including social and institutional capacity development, opportunities and challenges of REDD+, benefit for community and CFUGs, government policies and preparedness.

 

Output 2: Organizing the Training of Trainers Programs for partner organizations and other key stakeholders

  • Established a network of in-country trainers for climate change and REDD+: Working together with FECOFUN and HIMAWANTI, the project has organized a series of ToT and refreshers programs on CC and REDD+ and associated issues such as social safeguards including gender mainstreaming, FPIC and equity for the national- and sub national-level trainers from relevant government departments, FECOFUN district members and the NGOs’  and Indigenous People organizations (IPOs) representatives in the project districts. Through such initiatives, project has established a cadre of 270 national level trainers, and more than 1600 sub-national level trainers on climate change and REDD+.
  • Gender integration in REDD+ training programs. The project has partnered with HIMAWANTI in empowering knowledge on CC and REDD+ and roles of women facilitators at both national and sub national-levels. These trainings aim to enhance capacities of women facilitators in communicating about CC and REDD+ to grassroots stakeholders in Sarlahi and Makwanpur districts, where HIMAWANTI has been engaged. The target participants included national and district level women government officers and district members of HIMAWANTI who play important roles in facilitating REDD+ knowledge sharing with grassroots stakeholders. A national level expert seminar on Gender, Forestry, and Climate/REDD+ was organized by HIMAWNATI to further mainstream gender capacity development into REDD+ and draw attention of policy makers and other key stakeholders to the issues of gender mainstreaming in the forests, climate change and REDD+ initiatives and policies processes in the country.
  • Engaged local print and electronic media in sharing information. The project has trained and engaged grassroots level journalists in awareness raising on climate change and REDD+ by providing fellowship and encouraging them to write about climate change and REDD+ in the country. The trained journalists published a series of ten news articles, including on radio and TV. This initiative is continuing and so far the project has already engaged with 45 journalists at various levels in the learning and outreach process.  Besides a series of radio episodes about climate change and REDD+ were broadcasted in order to reach out to grassroots stakeholders in remote areas.

 

Output 3: Grassroots Capacity Development Programs

  • Improving understanding of grassroots stakeholders on CC, REDD+ and SFM Since 2009 the grassroots project has contributed significantly in awareness raising and promoting knowledge on basic concept of CC and REDD+ among grassroots stakeholders in Nepal. Innovative communication tools such as street plays and radio programs and training materials in local languages and visualized information such as posters and calendars on CC and REDD+ were used effectively in such eventsIn addition, the Community to Community Interaction and Learning Events were conducted to further increase the outreach of knowledge sharing process.
  • Gender mainstreaming in REDD+ capacity development: Gender mainstreaming in REDD+ capacity development has been one of the key focuses of the grassroots project. In Nepal this has been taken forward through the partnership with HIMAWANTI. In Sarlahi and Makwanpur districts HIMAWANTI organized a series of training and awareness raising events to strengthen gender mainstreaming in REDD+ capacity development. A total of 900 participants with 700 women attended such events. The trained women participants from national and sub national ToT programs were a part of team in facilitating community level awareness raising events.
  • Learning events for knowledge sharing on CC and REDD+ in the context of SFM: Following a series of national and sub-national level training and capacity development events, three learning events were organized, to share among the members on how REDD+ can contribute for promoting SFM at local level. Such learning events were jointly organized by FECOFUN and HIMAWANTI and were used to continually develop the capacity of local facilitators to deliver similar events at district and village level to empower other grassroots stakeholders for spreading better understanding and awareness on climate and REDD+. The target stakeholders for such events include all local level resource persons (CF and women leaders) from the community forest user groups and members of women groups.

 

Output 4: Bringing up Grassroots Stakeholdersconcerns and issues to REDD+ policy makers and other stakeholders

  • Complied grassroots concerns and aspiration on REDD+ issues : In order to upscale the sharing of grassroots issues and concerns, a series of consultation and learning events have been organized. With support from the partner organizations, 8 consultation workshops have so far been organized in selected districts such as Nawalparashi, Dang, Kavrepalanchock, Bardiya, Sarlahi, Dadeldhura, Kapilbastu, Ilam, Makawanpur.  District Forest Office (DFO), District Forestry Sector Coordination Committee (DFSCC), District Development Committee (DDC), Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN), Community Forestry User Groups Supports Network (COFSUN), Nepal Federation for Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), Association of Collaborative Forest User Groups Nepal (ACOFUN) and Local I/NGO’s attended such learning and sharing events. All issues and concerns of grassroots stakeholders discussed are documented and synthesized by ForestAction for sharing widely through national level sharing workshops and other national events.
  • National level dialogues on REDD+: In order to share the key concerns and issues of grassroots stakeholders on climate change and REDD+, national level dialogues and sharing workshops are being conducted in the country. Two such dialogues have been organized by bringing CSO alliance on board in collaboration with FECOFUN. The synthesis of such dialogues is documented to bring out discussion papers being led by the ForestAction, with an aim to share it widely and thus contribute in the ongoing REDD+ debate in the country.

 

Output 5: Disseminating Project Lessons and Experiences

  • Disseminated project experiences and findings: Besides organizing national level dialogues on REDD+, the project also organized national level reflection workshops to disseminate experiences and findings. In addition, partner organizations also attend a number of in-country workshops and meetings, and take the opportunity to share the lessons and experiences from the grassroots project with other key stakeholders.

 

Create awareness on REDD+ through exhibitions: The project team in Nepal organized two “REDD+ Suchana Mela” (REDD+ Information fair) to promote and disseminate the knowledge on REDD+ widely and to share REDD+ capacity development materials and lessons learned through the project. While the focus of the event organized by FECOFUN was to promote and disseminate the knowledge on climate change and REDD+ to the common public, similar events organized by HIMAWANTI focused on promoting importance of mainstreaming gender into REDD+ planning and implementation. The target audiences for such exhibitions included the government and non government staff at district level and urban population including school and college students of the district headquarter who do not have access to the key issues of climate change and REDD+.