Hariyo Ban Program (Nepal)

Initiative

Summary

The Hariyo Ban Program is designed to build resilience to climate change in communities and ecosystems by restoring and conserving Nepal’s forests. The five year program funded by USAID works on biodiversity conservation, payments for ecosystem services (including REDD+) and climate change adaptation. The project is carried out in close collaboration with the Government of Nepal, and is implemented by four conservation organisations including the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), the Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN), the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), and the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC). The lead managing partner is WWF.

The project aims to ensure landscape sustainability by supporting the formulation and implementation of policies, strategies, and working guidelines that reduce emissions through avoidance of deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), by developing national capacity for forest inventory management, greenhouse gas monitoring, and equitable benefit sharing among all stakeholders and by developing and expanding sustainable payments for carbon credits.