12th Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) successfully held on 20 November, 2021 (B.S 2078/
08/04) at Hotel Aryal, Baneshwor, Kathmandu. The event was managed with well consideration
of the COVID-19 Risk, following the government’s protocol and equipped with safety measures.
The AGM ratified the annual progress and statutory audit report presented by the Chairperson
of the company. In addition, the AGM selected the independent auditor for undertaking statuary
audit of the fiscal year 2078/79.

11th Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) successfully held on 28 November, 2020 (B.S 2077/
08/15) on the hybrid mode (Virtual+ in presence) due to COVID-19 risks. The AGM ratified the
annual progress and statutory audit report presented by the Chairperson of the company.
Besides, the AGM has discussed on the publication of the decadal report with covering all
project, programme, consulting services and organizational development of the company. Total
29 out of 55 (52.72%) of general and institutional members were participated in the AGM. Out of
which 9 were attended in presence and 20 were participated through virtual platform-Google

10th annual general meeting (AGM)

The 10th annual general meeting (AGM) successfully held on B.S 2076/ 08/28 at Indreni Food
Land, Baneshwor, and Kathmandu. The AGM ratified the progress and statutory audit report
presented by the Chairperson. Besides, the AGM has elected Board of Director for three years
and total 31 (55.55%) of general and institutional members were participated in the AGM.

FLEGT – Workshop on ‘Awareness raising on FLEGT, control system and share field review findings’

18 September 2016: A one-day workshop onphoto ‘Awareness Raising on FLEGT, Control system and Share Field Review Findings’ was organized in association with Nepal Foresters’ Association (NFA) at NFA Conference Hall in Kathmandu. Deputy Director General of Department of Forests, Mr. Ganesh Jha was the chief guest of the event which was chaired by General Secretary of NFA, Mr. Bishnu Prasad Acharya. The event was attended by a total of 46 participants from different institutes/organizations – CSOs, Academia, Foresters, Government officials, Timber entrepreneurs and representatives of Piloting CFUGs and CFM from relevant project districts. Shankar Paudel from Rupantaran Nepal presented about the FLEGT concept and up-to-date progresses whereas the consultant Arun Poudyal presented the findings of field review study of FLEGT project.

Involvement with the vegetable farming group helps a farmer improve his livelihood in Rupandehi

People at Sanaidiha Rayapur-9, Rupandehi were not aware about being organized in groups and receiving support in a collaborative manner. Though it is located close to the district headquarter, Bhairahawa (about 20/25 km), not much services and facilities can be seen in the village. Most of the people possess some land, where they practice conventional agriculture farming of rice, wheat, cereal etc as they are skeptic to adopt new agriculture technology such as vegetable farming. It is very difficult for them to support their family whole year round as they do not have any additional income.

Sitaram Kurmi, 48 is an inhabitant of this VDC with his family of 9 members (5 female and 4 male). As it is hard for him to support his family with agricultural income alone; he works under daily wages as well. He has 10 kathha of land with additional 3 kathha for shared cropping. Besides, his livestock include two pairs of buffalo and oxen. Out of the total land area, about 1 kathha is used for occasional vegetable farming. As his children are still attending school, he must work for daily wages. Furthermore, the situation is worsened due to inadequate irrigation facility.

Samayamai Vegetable Group was formed after the intervention of ICCA project, in Sanaidiha-9, Rayapur in 2070 BS. The group is comprised of 23 members (11females and 12 males).

Sitaram Kurmi, Chairperson of Samayamai Vegetable Group says, “Mr. Abdesh Barai, the Community Facilitator under ICCA, informed us about the objectives and goals of ICCA and persuaded us to form a vegetable cultivation group. I was chosen as a Chairperson of a 9 membered Executive Committee.” The group was supported through capacity development training along with nursery management and vegetable cultivation. Some inputs (seeds and technology) were also provided.

He explains, “I also got an opportunity to participate in trainings related to nursery management and post harvest management. We started demo plot for leguminous crop in the beginning and distributed seedlings to all members in the group. I have planted bitter gourd, long beans, Ladies finger, cucumber, pumpkins, Sponge gourd, onion etc covering about 2 kathha of land. Mr. Barai has helped me to get onion seeds from District Agriculture Development Office with 50% subsidy as well.”

He adds, “I am happy to have participated in different capacity development trainings such as nursery management and post harvest management and others through ICCA program.  It has been helpful in increasing coordination and cooperation between and among group members. Occasional vegetable farming of about 1 kathha in earlier time has now converted to 2 kathha of commercial cultivation. Now, two of my children are admitted in private boarding school. I have also purchased a water pumping set from the sale of vegetables. Now I don’t need take loans for buying fertilizers. This year alone I have earned Rs.33,300 by selling onions worth NRs. 25,000, Bitter gourds worth NRs. 4,500 and other vegetables worth NRs. 3,800. The income that I earn within 6 months alone is enough to support my family“.

Now, he is fully aware about how one can benefit by associating to a group. He is planning to increase 1 more kattha for farming vegetable this year and is planning to increase land area gradually in the coming years. No he has also an increased understanding of how farming practices compatible to changing climate conditions can be a great measure to cope with its adverse impacts and increase resilience too.

An update on Himalayan Community Carbon Project (HCCP)

Rupantaran Nepal has been succesfully initiating the Himalayan Community Carbon Project, A Plan Vivo certified project in eight VDCs of Nepal. Following are the latest updates from the project

1. Functional mechanisms have been established at 4 pilot sites for financial management and project implementation as per PDD.

2. Specific project activities have been developed and are being implemented by the communities.

3. Technical capacity of communities, government and non-government bodies and Rupantaran Nepal has been developed on areas such as GIS, carbon modeling and statistical analysis; commercialization of Plan Vivo certificates and data management.

4. Sensitization of district and VDC level stakeholders have been performed and FUGs in the project areas have been oriented accordingly on the topic regarding PES.

5. Local communities and other stakeholder’s knowledge and skills on carbon project development, participatory carbon assessment, and management enhanced.

Chairperson of Rupantaran Nepal conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Social Science from the University of Wolverhampton, UK

Chairperson of Rupantaran Nepal Mr Vijaya Narayan Shrestha has been conferred upon an Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Social Science from the University of Wolverhampton, UK on 11 September  2014.

The entire team of Rupantaran Nepal would like extend their warmest felicitations to him in this moment of great pride

FLEGT – Field Review by Technical Working Group

7th/8th of December 2015 – Field review by TWG members and local stakeholders was conducted in the CFs of Rupandehi and Kapilvastu districts. The purpose of the visit was to observe existing Shorea robusta exploitation in the Terai including reciprocal observation of timber product manufacturers, saw millers and traders as well as forest management and harvesting practices by FUGs.  Forest status and management system particularly of Shree Manakamana CFUG and Shree Mayadevi LFG of Kapilvastu; Shree Rajapani CFUG, Shree Lumbini LFG and Shree Pahila Khola CFUG of Rupandehi were observed.

FLEGT – Formulation of Technical Working Group (TWG) and regular meetings

2nd March 2015 – Project Advisory Committee meeting was held to establish Technical Working Group to support the implementation of various actions. A 14 membered group coordinated by Deputy Director General of National Forest Division, DoF was formulated. The TWG is composed of representatives from the MoFSC (Planning and Monitoring) and other relevant Government institutions (DoF), Private Sector (Timber Entrepreneurs Association), Civil Society and CF Federations (FECOFUN and ACOFUN), Independent Experts and Rupantaran Nepal.

Specific tasks of TWG includes participation and contribution to review the existing legal and regulatory framework and identification of existing elements and gaps, participate and contribute to field review visit and support and contribute overall achievement of the project objectives. Besides its regular meeting, TWG also conducts meetings based on requirements.