ICIMOD Shares Package of Good Practices from Nepal


Farmers and various projects and programmes in Nepal have rich experience in natural resource management, including water, vegetation, and soil management. However, most of this valuable knowledge is not well documented and shared. Knowledge therefore remains a local, individual resource, unavailable to others working in the same areas and seeking to accomplish similar tasks. 

ICIMOD has recently electronically published an updated series of fact sheets on Nepal Conservation Approaches and Technologies (NEPCAT), which contains good practices (technologies and approaches) related to natural resource management with a special focus on water and soil management. 

The fact sheets are the product of a collaborative effort of various organizations and institutions working in the field of natural resource management associated with the NEPCAT network, an open network established to tap the experiences of land users, technicians, and land management experts across the country. The NEPCAT fact sheets offer a complete list of technologies and approaches for land users, managers, and decision makers so that they can make decisions on appropriate technological packages and practices to address relevant issues of soil erosion, land degradation, water scarcity, poor soil fertility, food security, and environmental and climate change. The NEPCAT fact sheets are designed for field level technicians and extension workers who work closely with land users, however, it is equally relevant to academics, research students, and all those concerned with climate change adaptation, soil and water conservation, and natural resource management. 

The NEPCAT network published the first edition of NEPCAT fact sheets in 2008, which included 30 printed fact sheets. Five years after the first publication, the NEPCAT network updated the fact sheets, adding 22 new and promising technological packages and practices that have been widely implemented in Nepal which can be replicated scaled up. All of the fact sheets are now accessible online at www.icimod.org/nepcat.

Contributors included various government organizations, INGOs, and universities working in Nepal, including the Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation-Nepal, Sustainable Soil Management Programme, International Development Enterprises (IDE-Nepal), Local Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development (LIBIRD), Kathmandu University, and ICIMOD.