Advocacy

Advocacy


1.  Promotion of Organic/Ecological Agriculture

From the establishment of the Ecoscentre, it is advocating for organic/ecological agricultural promotion in Nepal.  In consideration of the fragile ecosystem in Nepal, our major theme for agriculture development is through Organic Agriculture due to its nature of biodiversity conservation as well as its potential contribution on micro as well as macro economy. Similarly the approach is socially justifiable, holistic and able to build the harmony between the systems.

The Ecoscentre is providing both technical and managerial services to the farmers who are interested to grow organic agricultural products in Nepal.  It has been providing necessary training and consultant services to both farmers and enterprises to supply their products to local market, build market networks of organic farmers, aware them about the international markets including opportunities of exportation their products to Europe, USA, Japan and other potential markets.  The Ecoscentre is a pioneer on the organic agriculture promotion and its advocacy program in Nepal and abroad.  Some of the members are working as an organic inspector in Nepal representing renowned international organic certification agency. Similarly, some of the members represents in international organic agriculture project steering committee. which will assist those enterprises exporting their organic products to abroad will get organic certification locally with reasonable efforts in comparison to the current trends of certifications

2. Indigenous Peoples Right

The issues have been coming out in the recent years related to the Park. After the restoration of democracy such voices were found generally strong in compare to before. It is an obvious fact from different experience from other countries that there is intricate relationship of Indigenous People to their natural environment. Indigenous People are the guardian of nature that is commonly accepted fact all over the world. From the establishment of Park, the livelihood of Indigenous as well as others have affected to a great extent from the use of natural resources for their livelihood as well as use of park benefit to the wider section of society along the Buffer Zone Areas. From the experience, the programmes are not that much instrumental to address the livelihood situation of people living around the buffer zone areas.

In consideration of these facts, Ecoscentre has carried out series of activities in some of the areas of Buffer Zone on the issues of resource mapping, rights of indigenous people and legal literacy classes. The immediate and long term aim of the programme is to enhance the knowledge of people about the need and importance of park for biodiversity conservation and role of people for the conservation and management of Park.. In order to promote the income generation and development of entrepreneurship in the region some of the activities, which are friendly to the biodiversity, conservation has been initiated considering the participation, good governance and democratization process.

3. Women Rights and their representation in the decisive bodies

Ecological Services Ecoscentre carried out series of the programme in Tanahu, Chitwan and Gorkha District to empower the capacity of women on the issues of women rights, capacity development and organizational skill. These thematic areas have been covered through general to functional literacy, community/group organization, saving credit and legal literacy especially for the women members in the project areas. There are more than 30 women groups. In some of the area after the involvement of Ecoscentre some of the members of women group has been elected on local bodies like Village Development Committee.

4. Natural Resources Management

Ecoscentre has initiated various activities to aware the people on the importance of natural resources for the support of their livelihood.  The country is taking a community forestry program as a main issue to protect the natural forests, bio-diversified environment through the active participation of the local people.  Since the approach of community forestry is new idea in Nepal for the management of natural forest, Ecoscentre is helping the people to understand the benefit of community forestry, their rights to utilize the natural products available with in the community protected forest areas.   Ecoscentre also believes that current trend of decreasing the natural forests all over the county can be protected only by active people participation.  The nation can protect its natural forest and environment with minimum inputs and get maximum outputs with direct peoples involvement or through local non-governmental agencies contributing to national development utilizing their various means of skills and sources.

The status of community forest in buffer zone area is quite different as compare to the other community forests in terms of process as well as the legal status of the community forest.  Centre is always in favor of having single standards for all community forest and the effective implementation of community forestry approach through out country.