Inception Workshop at NTNC on 'NTFPs Inventory and Sustainable Harvesting Plan Preparation for ACAP'

Inception Workshop at NTNC on 'NTFPs Inventory and Sustainable Harvesting Plan Preparation for ACAP'

An inception workshop was held at the NTNC conference hall today on June 1, 2017 concerning the preparation of a sustainable harvesting plan for NTFPs found in the Annapurna Conservation Area. The workshop conducted by the conservation consultant CODEFUND (Conservation Development Foundation) was undertaken to build-up on the inception report prepared for NTNC titled 'Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPS) Inventory and Sustainable Harvesting Plan For Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).'

Undertaken primarily to review the process and finalize the methodology for the inventory preparation of the document, participants at the workshop, apart from NTNC and CODEFUND members, included representatives from the Department of Forests, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Department of Plant Resources, Department of Forest Research and Survey, Nepal Foresters' Association, GIZ, ANSAB, ICIMOD, as well as students and researchers from Tribhuvan University's Central Department of Botany, and Kathmandu Forestry College.

The plan is being prepared to ensure that the vast NTFP resources found in ACAP specifically benefit the local communities of the region, without underscoring the science and sustainability of the valuable species. Currently, out of the 112 species identified to bear commercial importance, only 18 NTFPs are annually traded out of the region. The plan thus promises to deliver on a robust NTFP Inventory and Harvesting Plan describing species-wise growing stock, annual allowable harvest, harvesting technique and harvesting season of at least 10 commercially potential NTFP species of each CAMC (equal to VDC in the recent past) within ACAP.

The inception report identifies that "growing stock, market demand, and value addition techniques of NTFPs may change over time, and therein endeavors to study and identify resource inventory, and prioritize and recommend major commercially important NTFPs for promotion in ACA region."