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Nepalese make money grow on trees

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Issue date: 
November 17, 2011
Publisher Name: 
Forest Carbon Asia
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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. The research was conducted in conjunction with regional partners in East and West Africa, Papua New Guinea and the Himalayas. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) dealt with research in India and Nepal.

In 2008, at the COP 14 held in Poznan, Poland, proposed to create a Forest Carbon Trust Fund that would implement a pilot project in Nepal: initiative Carbon Emissions Reduction from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD +). “The Norwegian Agency for Development awarded a $ 100,000 initial capital for the fund,” said economist Karky Bhaskar Singh, ICIMOD.

It was concluded that in Dolakha Charnawati basin, that of Ludikhola in Gorkha and Chitwan were Kayarkhola of which did the best job of carbon sequestration. As an incentive, the June 15 ICIMOD these areas paid a total of $ 95,000: 45 535 to Charnawati, and 21 905 27 560 to Ludikhola to Kayarkhola. This is the first time you pay money derived carbon in Nepal. Now we have to see if that money is an incentive more efficient than the amount charged for lumber, Karky said.

“We plan to bring the concept to the market and ask for international investors to invest as part of its strategy to promote the image of corporate social responsibility,” he added. Besides contributing to forest conservation, money is an encouragement to all women, who represent over 51 percent of the 29 million people in Nepal.

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Extpub | by Dr. Radut