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Issue date: 
7 June 2012

How Himalayan communities can benefit from protecting their forests

Nepal is one of the first countries in the world to include community forest management in the national forestry policy.

This confers authority to local communities to manage forest resources as forest user groups of an autonomous institution.

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November, 2011

CCBA & CARE’s REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards: Experience using REDD+ SES November, 2011. REDD+ Social and Environmental St

REDD+ SES consists of principles, criteria and indicators that define high social and environmental performance of government-led REDD+ programs. They provide a framework for country-led multi-stakeholder assessment of REDD+ program design, implementation and outcomes.

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USD 62 million to Nepal Government Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme

The Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme is the product of the first multistakeholder design process to be undertaken in Nepal’s forestry sector.

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Ecuador, Nepal and Acre Leading by Example on REDD+ Safeguards

Joanna Durbin is currently attending the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa.

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Nov 21, 2011

Community Forestry Unfazed by Political Turmoil

GODAVARI, Nepal, Nov 21, 2011 (IPS) - Nepal’s joint forest management system has taken such deep roots that the country’s prolonged political instability has had little effect on it.

"We’re doing well anyway," Ganesh Bahadur Silwal, 65, general secretary of the Godavari community forestry group, tells an international audience seated in an arc around him in a concrete hall in the scenic Godavari valley, 14 km southeast of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.

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November 17, 2011

Nepalese make money grow on trees

The story of forests and payments for not cutting them in Nepal began in 2003 when the Dutch government funded research on how communities could teach living to conserve forest for the trees can absorb the carbon dioxide released from burning biofuels.

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October 19th, 2011

USAID Research and Analysis of Carbon Rights and Institutional Mechanisms for REDD+ Benefit Distribution

While a number of researchers and organizations in the US and internationally have highlighted the potential impacts of mitigation efforts on tenure, there remains minimal information and best practice on how to practically address these issues at the field level.

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Significance of forests

Gone are the days of talking only about timber and other forest product in the context of the forest. With these products as it is, another opportunity growing in the forests is carbon. Interestingly, the standing trees could deliver money without dying, and help communities invest on climate-change adaptation.

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Jul 4, 2011

Women Grow Carbon Money on Trees

KATHMANDU, Jul 4, 2011 (IPS) - When Bina Tamang was told that she could earn money by not felling trees in the tiny forest that serves as the source of fuel and fodder for 65 families in her area, the 27-year-old was incredulous.

That was two years ago. In June, when Tamang was informed that she and over 100 other groups like hers, that have been sharing forests as community property, had been awarded cash incentives worth 95,000 US dollars disbelief gave way to joy.

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Growing money from carbon

KATHMANDU: Sita KC with a team of field researchers and community forest users group of Dolakha has hiked through dense forests in Dolakha. Guided by the team of forest rangers and other experts, KC and representatives of different community forests in Dolakha have spent days in Charnawati Watershed area spread over 5,996 hectares of forest land to determine how much carbon is stored there.

“Charnawati sequestered a total of almost 4.6 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2011,” said KC proudly.


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