CIDT celebrates thirty years of work in Nepal

1 May 2013
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April 2013 marked 30 years of CIDT work in Nepal, in particular supporting the DFID-funded Livelihoods and Forestry Programme (LFP).

To mark the occasion University of Wolverhampton and CIDT representatives, including Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer and Lord Paul of Marylebone PC Chancellor of the University, attended a celebration event in Kathmandu. Present at the event were many honoured guests, friends and colleagues from LFP, all of whom have played a role in CIDT’s journey in Nepal over three decades.

The Livelihoods and Forestry Programme began in April 2001 and was designed using approaches for sustainable livelihoods. The programme became operational in 15 districts of Nepal:

  • Eastern Koshi Hills: Dhankuta, Terhathum, Sankhuwasabha, and Bhojpur
  • Western Dhaulagiri Hills: Baglung, Parbat, Myagdi
  • Terai Lumbini Zone: Nawalparasi, Kapilvastu, and Rupandehi
  • Mid-Western Rapti Zone: Rukum, Rolpa, Salyan, Pyuthan, and Dang.

The main objectives of the programme were to reduce vulnerability and improve the livelihoods of the poor and excluded rural people of Nepal, as well as to enhance the assets of rural communities by promoting more equitable, efficient, and sustainable use of forests and other natural resources.

Key outcomes from LFP include:

  • Forest managers responsively manage and utilise forest resources to sustainably maximise multiple benefits;
  • Poor and excluded groups actively participate in and benefit from involvement in the forestry sector;
  • Strengthened capacity and coordination amongst institutions for forestry sector development;
  • Innovative, conflict-sensitive approaches are incorporated into forest sector planning and policies;
  • National forest sector capacity and response to field reality is strengthened.

Download the presentation

This presentation gives an overview of the event, speakers and showcases our work in Nepal each decade since the 1980s. Download the 30 Years in Nepal presentation (PDF, 4.8mb)

Photos from the event