• Climate Change Adaptation Program

    The sustainable management of water resources in Nepal depends on addressing climate change and protecting healthy and biodiverse ecosystems, which requires thatstakeholders have the abilityto manage fresh water resources and biodiversity in an appropriate manner. In this context, with an overall objective of contributing to enhance watershed health, Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) has been awarded a grantby USAID’s Program for Aquatic Natural Resources Improvement (PANI). With support from this grant, NEFIN willhelp indigenous peoples of Lower Mahakali and Raptiwatersheds of Kanchanpur and Dang to reduce threats to freshwater biodiversity in their river basins.NEFIN will work to enhance the ability of the communities to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change through improved water management. NEFIN, together with PANI, will collect and/or analyze data of the Mahakaliand Rapti river basins. The survey will collect information about the livelihoods and traditional practicesof indigenous peoples that will inform policies and programs for improving watershed health.  Likewise, NEFIN will conduct trainings based on the Civil Society Guide that will capacitate indigenous peoples of these watershed areas to advocate for and implement participatory, multi-stakeholder integrated water resource management recognizingindigenous peoples’ customary law and practices. All of these efforts will eventually help to reduce threats to freshwater biodiversity and increase the ability of the communities to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. This grant commenced in March 2017 for one year.
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  • Forest Mapping and Territory Delineation

    Territory mapping, boundary delineation and Community Based Monitoring and Information System (CBMIS) is another element of NEFIN’s work. It is important for providing information about indigenous peoples’ forest and land. The extent of forests, its distribution, density, biodiversity and many more social and cultural aspect related to safeguards, can be documented through the mapping and inventory, which presents evidence-based document for advocating indigenous peoples’ rights over land and natural resources. At the same time, mapping is also essential in estimation of carbon storage in a forest. Thus, NEFIN mapped indigenous peoples’ forest in three communities namely in Khasur Lamjung (337 hectors), Dura Danda Lamjung (1092 hectors), and Jamuna Ilam (979 hectors). .
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  • Livelihood Program

    NEFIN Climate Change Partnership Program has been supporting livelihood of indigenous peoples in the demonstration area since 2009. Traditional livelihood program is linked with forest conservation and promotion of traditional skills, knowledge and practices of indigenous peoples. At the same time, this initiative aims to strengthen indigenous peoples' position and demand for ensuring their rights over forest and natural resources. .
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  • School Program

    School Program with a purpose of educating new generation on climate change and REDD+ in relation to indigenous peoples, a twenty-credit hours local curriculum on “Climate change, REDD+ and indigenous peoples” for grade 4 and 5, is implemented in 23 schools in the country..
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