Inception Workshop on “Carbon Offsetting as an Opportunity for Sustainable Rural Development in Nepal”

Inception Workshop on “Carbon Offsetting as an Opportunity for Sustainable Rural Development in Nepal”

 

An inception workshop on “Carbon offsetting as an opportunity for sustainable rural development in Nepal”, a five-year project funded by the Carbon Offset System of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria was jointly organized by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), BOKU, Nepal Academy of Sciences and Technology (NAST) and Amrit Campus, Tribhuvan University (TU), Kathmandu in Charikot, Dolakha on 24th April, 2017.

The joint initiative aims to mainly  establish structural and sustainable changes on-site through pilot projects accompanied by research and development. The project will be focused on the evaluation of the long-term effects of community based forest management upon ecosystem services that will be a starting point for the carbon offset activities in mountain communities of Nepal. Within GaurishankarConservation Area (GCA), Laduk and Bulung VDCs have been chosen as research sites for the pilot studies. The database and developed monitoring methods of the pilot studies will form the baseline for the quantification of the carbon offset.

Mr. Satya Narayan Shah, Project Chief, NTNC-GCAP made a brief presentation about GCAP and reviewed the Project's achievements, challenges and opportunities since its establishment.

Chief Guest of the Program, Dr. Manish Raj Pandey, Senior Conservation Officer, NTNC emphasized in his remarks on the need for enhancing local understanding and knowledge on carbon offsetting and specific skills, together with scientific technology required for GHG mitigation.

Prof.Dr. Klaus Katzensteiner, Dr. Florian A. Peloschek of BOKU, Prof.Dr. Mohan P. Devkota of TU and  Dr. Anjana Giri of NAST shared their introductory presentations explaining about the project and highlighted on preliminary findings of the relationship between land use and carbon stock, and comparison of floristic diversity and regeneration status in community managed forests.

Local Conservation Area Management Committee (CAMC) representatives and government stakeholders also expressed their views on the effective implementation of the project.