Local experts agree on a PES institutional framework


A two-day local experts’ consultation on the institutional mechanism for Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in Shardukhola watershed concluded in Bhedetar today. The experts have agreed on a possible institutional arrangement. Forty local experts participated in and contributed to the workshop, including the regional director of forests, chief executive of Dharan municipality, district forest officers from Dhankuta and Sunsari districts, and chief of the water supply division office, Sunsari. The workshop was organized under the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) in collaboration with WWF Nepal, a national partner of HICAP. 

The HICAP team, including Mr Laxmi Dutta Bhatta, Ecosystem Management Specialist, and Dr Rajesh Rai, lead researcher for South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), presented the key findings on the valuation of ecosystem services. Mr Santosh Nepal, Director of WWF Nepal, made a presentation on the policies and institutional arrangement for PES implementation in Nepal. Ms Laxmi Bhatta also highlighted the findings on the drivers of ecosystem change in the Shardukhola landscape complex. 

A final document based on HICAP research and the experts’ meeting will be presented at the national workshop that is being planned for September this year. Subsequently, HICAP will provide policy support to the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MFSC) and the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development for consolidating PES possibilities and the institutional arrangement.  

Dr Rajan Pokhrel, Regional Director of Forests, delivers a keynote address at the experts’ meeting
Proposed institutional arrangement for Shardukhola watershed