Ryutaro Hashimoto Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) Award 2008
UNDP GEF/SGP grantee, Manahari Development Institute-Nepal, has won the ‘Ryutaro Hashimoto Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) Award 2008’ - a GOLD (1st) prize in recognition of the outstanding contribution in promoting environmental management and sustainable development. The award was given in the 4th Plenary Meeting (award giving ceremony) at Davao, Phillipines on 25 July 2008.
The project entitled ‘Mitigation of the Effects of the Carbon dioxide and other Greenhouse Gases by Controlling Slash-and-Burn Farming’ is funded by UNDP/Global Environment Facility/Small Grants Programme.
The project has supported Indigenous Chepang and Tamang Communities to rehabilitate the slash-and-burn (shifting cultivation) land by converting a slope and steep land into productive agro-forestry land. Previously the villagers used to grow maize, black gram, mustard and horse gram in this steep land and the yield was really low, hardly sufficient to survive and declining every year due to soil erosion and impoverishment.
After terrace improvements and with active support from the community, the project introduced agro-forestry by planting over 600,000 saplings of banana, pineapple and other fodder trees. 438 hectares of steep land were brought under the agro-forestry benefiting 1089 households. Out of these 1089 households, 480 are Tamangs, 489 are Chepangs and 20 are Dalits coming from the poor and indigenous community. The farmers collectively are now earning up to Rs. 4 million and the income ranges from Rs. 1,000 to 45,000 per household.
This gold APFED Award established by the Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development in memory of former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto carries a purse of US$20,000. It also consists of 2 silver prizes of US$7,000 each and 5 incentive prizes of US$ 2,000 each.