Market-led Approach to Sustainable Management of Agrobiodiversity for Livelihood Outcomes
The Lake Cluster of Pokhara Valley (LCPV) includes basins of nine lakes (Phewa, Kamalpokhari, Gunde, Khaste, Neureni,
Dipang, Maidi, Begnas, and Rupa) of Pokhara valley, located at the central section of Lower Himalaya (28°08’02” N 84°59’18” E). The LCPV together has 261.6 km2 of basin with 8.97 km2 of water cover. The area has been declared as 10 th Ramsar Site of Nepal on 2 February 2016. It is endowed with rich agricultural and aquatic biodiversity. Cultivating local agrobiodiversity offers various benefits to farmers, such as nutritious and safe food, resilience to bio-physical shocks and climate changes, and promotes local culture. Despite these benefits, loss of agrobiodiversity, fish species and wetland habitat, and pollution remain concerns in the LCPV. Low productivity of local agrobiodiversity crops and fish species, low consumer awareness regarding nutritive value of local agrobiodiversity, limited diversification of marketable agrobiodiversity products, and government policy favouring modern varieties are some of the underlying causes of loss of agrobiodiversity.
In order to improve the situation, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) with financial support from Darwin Initiative (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK), is implementing a three-year project ‘Market-led approach to sustainable management of agrobiodiversity for livelihood outcomes’ in LCPV area from June 2019 to May 2022.