Describe your implementation:
Our implementation was guided by four principles: i) letting locals lead, ii) building on local knowledge, innovations and practices, iii) diversifying options and iv) creating a platform for learning and collective action. Empowerment of local groups, transparency with the stakeholders and favorable policy environment of the local government were the key success factors. The following general steps were taken. Specific actions within will necessarily be context specific.
1) Several traveling seminars were organized in which diverse stakeholders hiked around the landscape to get inspired, appreciate the need, share ideas and furnish commitments to work together.
2) We participated in several local events, especially those organized by the Hotel and Restaurant Association and the municipality. This helped build rapport and trust for cross-sectoral work.
3) To address soil erosion in Syankhudi river, we organized exposure visits to Ratu watershed in Mahottari for upstream and downstream stakeholders to see the possibilities of working together. This was followed by construction of check dams with bioengineering in strategic locations with technical supervision of the District Soil Conservation Office. It was a big improvement compared to the past when check dams would be constructed near the delta and be less effective.
4) Information center was created to give visibility to current and past work and act as a forum for collaboration between local producers and businesses. Since October 2016, visitors have paid a nominal entrance fee and we have generated USD 1200 in 6 months, 40% of which will be invested in conservation.
5) A landscape label was created to promote the diversity of products and services of the landscape and to generate funds for conservation work. The label was used for the first time in this year's Lekhnath festival and small businesses made sales of USD 4000 in a week giving great visibility to the label among 250,000 visitors.
Lekhnath Municipality: Planning; Cash & In-kind contribution; favorable policy environment; landscape label finalization, Chair of Begnas conservation fund.
Jaibik Shrot & member groups: Management of information center; landscape label finalization; wetland and migratory bird habitat conservation; Supply fruits and fodder saplings.
Rupa Fisheries Cooperative: Manage Rupa lake; conservation of Tor spp.; sedimentation control in the watershed; lobbying for dam construction in Rupa lake; landscape label finalization.
Hotel & Restaurant Association: Participated in meetings; Begnas Lake clean up; funds for Begnas Conservation; training; landscape label finalization.
Lekhnath Chamber of Commerce & Industries: Organize Lekhnath festival; participated in meetings; eco-tourism training; landscape label finalization.
Majthana VDC: Participated in meetings; monitoring of project activities; representation of upstream government partner.
Begnas Boaters’ Association/Fisheries Association: Water hyacinth removal; participated in meetings.
DSCO: Check dam construction and bioengineering.
DADO: Training on banana cultivation.
UNEP - National committee of Korea: USD 9000 in funding for awareness activities with schools & construction of the information center.
DADS, CSA, SAKS and IFAD-NUS are the projects of LI-BIRD that provided cash contribution for various agrobiodiversity management and promotion of climate smart and low cost agricultural technologies in the landscape.