This Technology Transfer Advances Nepal's
- Nationally Determined Contribution to "develop mitigation-friendly forest management systems that reduce carbon emissions from forest areas", and to "enhance the agricultural sector by adopting climate-friendly technologies and reducing climate change impacts"
With increasing risk of water-induced disasters, and hydro-meteorological extreme events such as droughts, storms, floods, landslides, debris flow, soil erosion, and avalanches, Nepal faces numerous vulnerabilities as a result of climate change. Based on National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) 2010, out of 75 districts, 29 districts are highly vulnerable to landslides, 22 districts to drought, 12 districts to GLOFs, and 9 districts to flooding. Various climate change scenarios indicate a mean annual temperatures increase of 1.3 to 3.8°C by the 2060, and 1.8 to 5.8°C by 2090.
Nepal has prioritized the development of forest management systems in order to both mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change and to adopt relevant adaptation measures. However, it has been identified that the absence of a National Agroforestry Policy of Nepal is hindering the realization of the full potential of agroforestry.
Requested CTCN Response
To identify an organization with experience in the development and coordination of national agroforestry policies in the South Asia region; and to facilitate the involvement of the identified organization with the Inter-Ministerial Committee of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MOAD) and from the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MOFSC) during the period of policy development and its approval by the Government.
Relevant Technologies and Approaches
- General agroforestry, silviculture and mixed farming solutions
- Sustainable forest management
- The National Agroforestry Policy will provide an effective way to comprehensively use agroforestry to mitigate climate change
- Improved capacity of policy makers, researchers, extension workers, first and end users to implement and sustain the policy
- Accelerated increase in tree-cover leading to high carbon sequestration
- Protection to already degrading forests through provision of forests products without damaging the forests (more than 2 million smallholders already involved in agroforestry)
For further information, please see the full technical assistance request in the Documents section.