Sajal Sthapit

Community-based Biodiversity Management (CBM) in Nepal

Community-based Biodiversity Management (CBM) is an approach to on farm management of agricultural biodiversity through the empowerment of local farmers’ institutions. Agricultural biodiversity and traditional knowledge are among the few assets that rural farming households have for their livelihoods. The CBM approach builds the capacities of local institutions (social capital) to manage and leverage agricultural and natural resources to achieve the twin goals of agricultural biodiversity conservation and improved livelihoods.

The goal of the CBM in Nepal project is to enhance the biodiversity based livelihood security of local communities. The project is building capacity of village development committee level farmers’ institution called the Biodiversity Conservation and Development Committee. These empowered farmer institutions are responsible for raising awareness of agricultural biodiversity, documenting the status and traditional knowledge of local varieties and developing appropriate conservation and promotional plans. These institutions typically operate a community seed bank, a community biodiversity management fund to provide access to small loans to farmers and provide access to quality seeds of local varieties to farmers.

Project Details
Countries: Nepal
Working districts: Dang, Doti, Jhapa, Jumla, Mustang, Nawalparasi, Sindhuli, Tanahu
Project Duration: 2009 - 2016
Partners: Department of Agriculture, Department of Livestock Services, Institute for Agricultural and Animal Science
Funded by: The Development Fund, Norway
Contact Person: Pitambar Shrestha