Integrating Livelihoods and Conservation Program - People Partner with Nature for Sustainability (2015-2017)
With the financial support from DANIDA/ CISU, Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN), Nature Kenya, and Nature Uganda, in partnership with Dansk Ornitologisk Forening (DOF) are implementing a 3 years programme in three respective sites of each country, starting in 2015. This programme in Nepal is being piloted and implemented in Resunga Forest which is also a potential Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) of Nepal.
The general consensus of the programme is sustainable forest management, which aims to bring the collective effort of local state and non-state actors for the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources. This programme aims to diversify the livelihoods options of local forest dependent communities and increase their adaptation capacity to natural shocks and climate change. Additionally, it also equally mobilizes local people with variety of forest management approaches thus reducing pressure on forest. It also explores potential livelihoods options to allow additional economic benefit to local communities with lasting impacts. Strengthen the capacity of civil society-both Birdlife Partners and local CSOs through capacity building and facilitation of networks & advocacy is also central to this programme.
This programme is expected to achieve the following objectives during its first phase of three years (2015-2017)
- Increase the capacity of programme partners to strategically work with the integration of poverty reduction and nature protection
- Improve the livelihoods of poor communities and reduce pressure on ecosystem and biodiversity through participatory forest management
- Empowerment of local civil society groups in right based advocacy and decision making processes.
Central Aspects of the Programme includes:
- Participatory forest management practices
- Engagement with authorities and use of openings for involvement of local communities in forest management
- Close cooperation with civil society and community based groups, for example forest user groups
- IGAs and other activities to improve local livelihoods, especially for the poor
- Involvement of local communities in conservation and biodiversity monitoring
- Promotion of gender equality, indigenous peoples’ rights and social equity
- Use of mass media, social media, theatre for development and other means to engage people and build knowledge about conservationtion