Kathmandu, Nepal – The first phase of the Hariyo Ban Program ended on 31 December 2016. The consortium of WWF, CARE Nepal, Federation of Community Forest Users Nepal and National Trust for Nature Conservation would like to acknowledge the huge amount of hard work and dedication that went into the Program from very many people and organizations, including local community groups, the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation and its departments, other government agencies, resource partners, other NGOs and federations, academia, media, consultants, and private sector partners. We are very grateful to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for funding Hariyo Ban.
We are proud to have worked with Government to help produce the new Chitwan-Annapurna Landscape Strategy and the revision of the Terai Arc Landscape Strategy, which provide a strong foundation for both landscapes in the next decade. As a result of the first phase of the Program hundreds of thousands of people benefited from Hariyo Ban activities; an estimated 3.7 million tons of carbon emissions were avoided/sequestered; 375 climate adaptation plans were implemented; 12,000 women were empowered through community learning and action centers; and over 1,000 people were trained in post-earthquake green recovery and reconstruction.
Hariyo Ban continues with a second phase that will run until 2021, funded by USAID and implemented by the same consortium, working in the same two landscapes. Hariyo Ban II’s goal is increased ecological and community resilience in CHAL and TAL. It has biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation components, with governance and gender and social inclusion as cross-cutting themes. It will focus on scaling up many of the promising approaches we worked on in Hariyo Ban I.