Locals draft participatory plan


A multidisciplinary team of 10 experts from ICIMOD, Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), and Department of National Park and Wild Life Conservation (DNPWC) visited the Api Nampa Conservation Area (ANCA) of Kailash Sacred Landscape from 7 through 18 August 2013. 

The team particularly focused on Khar Village Development Committee (VDC) of ANCA to prepare a participatory resource map of the village, identify key issues and challenges, and explore opportunities for natural resources management and better livelihoods of the people. 

Different participatory rural appraisal tools including focus group discussions, stakeholder analysis, mobility map, transect walk, and seasonal calendar were applied in different wards of the village. In each ward, issues, challenges, and opportunities were explored for resources management and better livelihoods. 

Deforestation and forest degradation, over harvesting of natural resources, and limited livelihoods options were major issues identified in the area. Global Positioning System points were taken for establishing permanent plots for long-term environmental monitoring in the area.       

The field visit concluded with a VDC level workshop where the representatives of all wards, Community Forest Users Groups (CFUGs), NGOs, government line agencies, political parties, VDC officials, village level entrepreneurs, school teachers, and security officials were present. 

At the workshop, the findings were shared among the villagers where they validated the shared information. A Participatory Natural Resource Management Plan (PNRMP) was then drafted with a vision, and conservation and development activities for five years considering major issues in the area.  Restoration of degraded land, better management and operationalization of community forests, nursery establishment, and capacity building trainings were proposed as major activities for natural resources management. 

Similarly, Allo (Girdardinia diversifolia) and Nigalo (Drepanostachyum species), as major value chain products and administration of pilot micro-enterprise, were proposed to uplift the livelihoods of the people. Trainings on gender aspects and institutional development were also included in the PNRMP.