Integrated Forest Ecosystem and Watershed Services 

Integrated Forest Ecosystem and Watershed Services (InFEWS) is a new Action Area (AA) created through a merger of, and building on the integrated thematic and knowledge created by, the previous action areas of Integrated Watershed Management (IWM) and Community and Livelihoods Forestry (CLF). The Action Area responds to the emerging need for innovative learning and mechanisms influencing regional land use policies and strategies for social inclusion and climate change adaptation and mitigation. The detailed strategic focus outlining future areas of work, potential partners and networks, and accessible resources for delivering outcomes, will be finalised in early 2011. Focus on the current areas will continue through 2011: the design of pro-poor and socially inclusive PES frameworks (e.g. REDD and REDD+, water); climate change adaptation and land use optimisation by drawing and disseminating lessons for policy and practice (e.g., in shifting cultivation); community-based approaches; and technologies and capacity needs. InFEWS will use the International Year of Forests 2011 to gain a broader focus on regional cooperation for setting a new Hindu Kush-Himalayan agenda on ‘Mountain Forests and Climate’. The approaches adopted include

  • development and implementation of demand-oriented  regional research programmes/projects in collaboration with local/regional partners and organisations, regional and international universities and research institutes, and other ICIMOD programmes;
  • scaling up of good sustainable land management practices by building on past experience and creating new experience from different eco-regions, and new methods, technologies and options; and
  • dissemination and sharing of knowledge through vibrant transboundary networks, workshops, training, exposure visits, resource books, how to do manuals, posters, feature articles, leaflets, CDs, multimedia tools and others.


  1. To increase adoption of innovative learning and good practices in agroforestry, forest and watershed management: innovative landuse practices
  2. To increase validation and adoption of innovative mechanisms for sustainable land management and watershed services: validated sustainable land management
  3. To enhance the focus of regional land use policies and strategies for addressing social inclusion and climate change adaptation: inclusive and climate-proofed landuse policies


  • Design and Setting-Up of REDD
  • Design of National PES Framework Nepal

    Contact Information

    Rajan Kotru
    Action Area Team Leader