Hariyo Ban Program Benefited Hundreds of Thousands of Vulnerable People and Reduced CO2 Emissions by 3.7 Million Metric Tons | WWF

Hariyo Ban Program Benefited Hundreds of Thousands of Vulnerable People and Reduced CO2 Emissions by 3.7 Million Metric Tons



Posted on 28 December 2016
Improved the lives of more than 450,000 vulnerable people through the sustainable use of community forest resources, climate adaptation and disaster recovery activities.
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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 over 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.
Improved the lives of more than 450,000 vulnerable people through the sustainable use of community forest resources, climate adaptation and disaster recovery activities.
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Brought over 50,000 hectares of degraded or deforested areas under improved management, sequestering CO2 emissions by 3.7 million metric tons in Nepal.
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Helped maintain three years of zero poaching for rhinos.
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Supported over 1,000 communities with community forest, climate adaptation, and community based anti-poaching activities.
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Re-established rhinoceros, swamp deer, and blackbuck populations.
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Set up two pilot payments for ecosystem schemes in which upstream users receive payments in return for practicing environmentally friendly land use patterns.
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Helped develop and implement Nepal's new 10-year CHAL and TAL landscapes strategies and action plans, the tiger and rhino census, and over 400 community and local adaptation plans of action.
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Provided earthquake emergency relief, implemented green recovery and reconstruction work, and promoted environmentally sound practices in four earthquake-affected districts.
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