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Technical support to formulate a National Agroforestry Policy for Nepal

Nepal agroforestry
This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals: 

Zero hunger

Goal2
Zero hunger

Climate action

Goal 13: Climate action
Goal13
Climate action

Life on land

Goal 15: Life on land
Goal15
Life on land

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"

Context

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

Expected Results

  • 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.

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