Geographic coverage Four districts of Koshi Hills –Sankhuwasabha, Tehrathum, Bhojpur and Dhankuta that are denoted as MSFP Lot No. 1 
Project duration 01st March 2013 – 15th March 2015 (1st Phase), and 16th March 2015 to 15th July 2016 (Cost Extension Phase)
Budget NPR 132,871,042 (1st Phase), NPR 197,500,782 (Cost Extension Phase); Grand Total NPR 330,371,824.
Funding partner/s  Nepal Government, Finland Government, SDC and DFID
Target groups 23,442 HHs (117,210 Beneficiaries) Poor, disadvantaged people and vulnerable groups in Nepal focusing on women, Dalits, Janajatis, and climate vulnerable groups.
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Introduction

MSFP was formulated, designed and modelled for an inclusive economic development of those who invested their time and energy in safeguarding community forest, and tackling impacts of climate change. RRN, as a lead organisation in a joint venture arrangement with Forest Action (FA), implemented MSFP in four districts: Dhankuta, Terhathum, Sankhuwasabha and Bhojpur. RRN worked on knowledge management through partnership arrangement approach with the local NGOs and CBOs.

Objectives

  • Create access to rural communities in participatory management of forests and enhance associated governance at local level (district, VDC and LFG level),
  • Support under-represented groups through targeted and intensive programmes,
  • Support to develop critical mass of self-sustainable forest user groups that institutionalise good governance and inclusiveness,
  • Support poor, women, disadvantaged groups and vulnerable communities to enhance livelihood and to build community resilience through forestry,
  • Identify areas for collaboration to enhance private sector's engagement and investment in forestry,
  • Support in developing potential forestry value-chains and forest-based enterprises to create jobs at local level,
  • Support local communities in developing capacities for sustainable forest management and ecosystem resilience,
  • Transfer specific knowledge to other MSFP lots and replicate specific knowledge from other lots as appropriate,
  • Leadership development of local forestry groups with a focus on women.

Expected results

  • Government and non-state actors jointly and effectively implemented inclusive forest sector strategies, policies and plans,
  • Increased job opportunities in the private sector (farmers, entrepreneurs, and financial institutions) by investing in the forestry sector,
  • Rural communities--especially poor, disadvantaged and climate vulnerable people and households-- benefited from local forest management and other investments, and
  • Forests and trees sustainably managed and monitored by government, communities and the private sector.

Key achievements (As of July 2016)

  • Eight District Level Coordination Committee (DFSCC) meetings and 4 District Programme Support Mechanism (DSM) meeting conducted.
  • Supported in the formulation of 69 operational plan for multi-stakeholder structures at VDC level.
  • Conducted 85 events for strengthening multi-stakeholder structures, including VDC level wrap up meetings.
  • Strengthened 10 existing enterprises and 32 new enterprises were established creating a total of 654 jobs.
  • Established linkages between entrepreneur group/ private/pro-poor and the financial institutions and business development agencies i.e. micro-finance, cooperatives, banks, DFNCCI, etc.
  • Support provided in the preparation of 216 self-monitoring/institutional development plan.
  • Accomplished 217 coaching activities on LIP, climate change management and forest-based enterprise promotion.
  • 56 sites of non-timber forest product (NTFP) cultivations were supported with the involvement of 146 (144 poor and 134 DAG) HHs for NTFP cultivation in private and another land beyond the CF.
  • Benefited 5,059 HHs through preparation/revision and implementation of livelihood improvement plan (LIP), focusing on DAG, poor, and climate change vulnerable HHs.
  • Tentatively 50% LFGs were provided with the key provisions of Community Forestry Guidelines with respect to the allocation of resources and representation of women and under-represented groups in key positions including gender, poverty and social equity (GPSE).
  • Conducted 5 events of the public hearing at focused/intensive VDCs/municipalities.
  • Conducted 52 events regarding the orientation of revised OPs and constitutions of LFGs with considering GPSE, community adaptation plans (CAPs), active forest management, NTFPs household income/livelihoods support.
  • Prepared 19 local adaptation plan of actions (LAPA) adhering to the LAPA guidelines.
  • Supported in preparation/implementation of community adaptation plan of action (CAPA), which benefitted to 12,203 climates vulnerable HHs in the VDCs. Benefited 337 HHs through 12 community conservation activities at village level water sources protection.