Climate Policies & Green Jobs : Interaction Workshops (local to national)
Association of Family Forest Owners Nepal (AFFON) that has been playing an effective role towards eliminating policy hurdle as well as economic transformation of the forest farmers through sustainable management of the family forest, organized altogether five interaction workshops, four at district levels and one at national level. Central AFFON coordinated with the respective AFFON district chapters and organized the interaction workshops at Kailali, Banke, Dang and Rautahat on 2016, November 29, November 30, December 1 and December 2 respectively under the theme Climate Policies and Role of Family Forestry in Green Jobs. The national level sharing workshop was organised at Kathmandu on December 14. The workshops not only increased the awareness among the participants on climate policies but the platform was well used to discuss on issues of family forest farmers as well as creating positive feelings among the stakeholders The program at both local and national level was attended by family forest farmers, government officials, representatives from Natural Resource Managing group/networks, Parliamentary members and media.
Upon the completion of the four district level workshops, National sharing workshop was organized at Kathmandu on 14 December 2016. The program was divided into four different sessions : Opening /Introduction session, Technical session, Open discussion session and the Closing Session.
During the technical session, all together five presentations were made. Mr. Jog Raj Giri, Chairperson AFFON presented briefly on Overview of AFFON. Ms Barsha Parajuli, National Program Coordinator AFFON shared of the issues of issues of the forest farmers from the districts. Dr. Ganga Dahal,International Consultant FAO presented on the tenure systems that are in practice in different Asian countries. He even talked of the tenureship issues in context of Climate Change. Mr. Resham Bahadur Dangi, Chief of Foreign Aid Division Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, discussed on the Possibilities of Family Forestry.
Major issues of family forest farmers collected from districts
- Tenure rights ( Tree tenure rights, Forest on lands without tenure rights)
- Market Security: market for the forest based products
- Non carbon benefits to forest farmers (Insurance to trees, livelihood options in between plantation and harvest, benefits on maintaining forests: soft loans)
- Carbon benefits (distribution of carbon benefits through carbon bank, Quality saplings availability),
- lack of knowledge (plant suitability /land categories,forest management, pest control)
- Technological Intervention.