Journal article

Ecosystem services from community-based forestry in Nepal: Realising local and global benefits

Kiran Paudyal, Himlal Baral, Kim Lowell, Rodney J Keenan

Land Use Policy | Elsevier | Published : 2017


Community-based Forestry (CBF) is now a popular approach for landscape restoration, forest management, biodiversity conservation and support for rural livelihoods worldwide. The Himalayan country Nepal has been at the forefront of CBF for over four decades, with almost 40% of the total population directly involved in protecting and managing more than 32% of the country’s forested land. However, in the past, the focus of CBF in Nepal was the provision of goods for local subsistence, and there has been limited analysis of the role of CBF in providing ecosystem services (ES) from restored forest landscapes. Based on material drawn from a literature review and a stakeholders’ workshop, this pape..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the Australia Awards Scholarship Program for providing financial support to the first author. Fieldwork was partly funded by the UK Department of International Development (DFID) through the KNOWFOR program. We also thank Sunil Sharma as well as two anonymous reviewers for appreciating the approach and providing valuable comments and feedback.