Mobilizing local Institutions for Sustainable Management of Watershed Services in Nepal
The main objective of the project is to scale up payments for a watershed services (PWS) system for sustainable management of biodiversity and natural resource in order to improve livelihoods of the rural poor in the mid-hills of Nepal.
The project will be jointly implemented in the Begnas and Rupa lake watersheds by Lekthnath Municipality, LI-BIRD and the local communities. The project will review the lessons learned from the fuctioning model of PWS in the Rupa lake watershed, strengthen it and replicate into the larger Begnas lake. The project will bring sellers and buyers together and put a functioning PWS system in place in the Begnas lake watershed. The project contributes to the Lekhnath municipality and local communities vision of developing their landscape as an Agrobiodiversity Heritage Area.
On the ocassion of the World Water Day, Swiss Re Foundation announced the project as the winner of the International Resource Award 2014. The project was selected among 273 project proposals through a three-stage evaluation process in a global competition.