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ANSAB has a vision of rural South Asia built on rich biodiversity and prosperous communities. This vision includes rich, healthy and productive ecosystems actively managed and sustainably used by formerly poor local communities. It also features adaptive people and resilient ecosystems able to cope with global climate change.
Generate and implement community-based, enterprise-oriented solutions that conserve biodiversity and improve the livelihoods of the poorest of the poor while bolstering national economic development and addressing climate change.
This program aims to create or strengthen environmentally sustainable markets that benefit the poorest of the poor while promoting social equity, justice, and good governance. It supports the entire value chain of targeted natural resource products through a comprehensive range of activities, including: Entrepreneurship Development: organization of individuals and groups; facilitation to identify and develop appropriate leaders; training to develop entrepreneurial skills; establishment of partnerships with local leaders and organizations.Read More
This program aims to conserve the rich biodiversity of South Asia, which ranges from tropical forests to alpine meadows. It supports a variety of community-led efforts to manage natural resources and bolster climate change adaptation and mitigation, including: Enterprise-Oriented, Community-Based Forest Management: capacity building of local communities in forest resource assessments, sustainable harvesting, equitable distribution, good governance, and linking conservation with economic development; technical assistance for the development and implementation of sustainable forest management plans that take into consideration the existing status of forest resources and focus on their conservation.Read More
Through its Networking, Policy and Research program, ANSAB works with key stakeholders from grassroots leaders to national government officials to improve the development and implementation of policies related to community forestry and NTFPs. It also draws on the expertise of leading national and international private companies, public agencies, policy forums, and networks as well as non-profits to holistically promote these sectors. More specifically, program activities include: Networking: coordination of and participation in several important networks, such as the Nepal NTFP Network (NNN), the Private-Public Alliance (PPA), the Federation of Community Forest Users, Nepal (FECOFUN), the Nepal Herbs and Herbal Products Association (NEHHPA) and the Jadi Buti Association of Nepal (JABAN).Read More
ANSAB seeks to impart local communities with the knowledge they need to manage the ecosystems on which they heavily depend on a sustainable and inclusive way. As such, it devotes a lot of energy to capacity building in all its projects. More specifically, program activities include: Training: organization of trainings in all shape and forms, from grassroots mobilization workshops to environmental assessment field courses to technical coaching on NTFPs processing and REDD+. The program mostly targets women, poor and other excluded groups, but several events are also organized at the regional, national and international levels for governmental and non-governmental organizations, consultants, experts, and researchers.Read More
ANSAB identified the lack of access to reliable and updated marketing information and networking opportunities as a major impediment in the sustainable harvesting and commercialization of non timber forest products (NTFPs)/High Value cash Crops (HVC) sub-sector. Through our field based marketing information centers and this website, we plan to provide information on sustainable, harvesting, domestication, market trend analysis, new product development, and marketing linkages between buyers and sellers. This section of the website is an offshoot of ANSAB’s marketing information system (MIS) NTFP/ HVC project started in February 2001.
ANSAB has published more than 65 publications in the areas of sustainable harvesting of NTFPs, biodiversity conservation, and forest-based enterprises development. ANSAB publications are useful resources for development planners, field-based practitioners, and researchers/academia involved in the field of rural development, natural resource management, and forest-based enterprise development. In order to reach a wide audience, ANSAB also enters into Publication Exchange Agreement with relevant organizations through out the world. You can browse through these numerous publications by Type (left menu), Date (right menu) or Topic (right menu).