|Date||30 Sep 2011|
This project a continuation of the initiative with the same title undertaken earlier with RSG support. As a part of the earlier initiative, 7 forest user groups (FUGs) were mobilised to formulate plans and institutional mechanisms for propagation and protection of NTFPs in nearby forests. For additional details please refer to the weblink:
Since the project faced problems in securing funds for physical activities under government schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS, the current initiative will attempt to have the FUGs recognised under “Himachal Pradesh Participatory Forest Management Rules (HPPPFM), 2001”, a legal framework followed by the State Forest Department to involve communities in management and protection of forests.
The focus of management and propagation will be on three species i.e. Valeriana wallichii, Aconitum heterophyllum and Picrorhiza kurroa, which will provide an opportunity to the FUGs to work in varied micro climatic conditions. We shall also consolidate the work undertaken by federating FUGs at suitable level and make necessary changes in forest management plan in accordance with the HPPFM rules.
Through this project we hope to achieve the following in the next one year:
Read about Prakash's previous work http://www.ruffordsmallgrants.org/rsg/projects/prakash_bhandari or for more information contact: