In the field of Natural Resource Management, DEPROSC-Nepal has been involved particularly in forest management since its inception period. The implemented programs were focused on mobilizing resources for economic benefits of local in different regions of Nepal through implementation of diverse interventions for promotion and development of community managed forestry program, optimum use of natural water for drinking and irrigation purposes and plantation of multi-purpose tree and shrub species on barren and steep hills. Similarly, it has been involved in piloting, promotion, domestication, cultivation and use of non-timber forest product (NTFP) or medicinal plants and herbs of high economic value.
DEPROSC-Nepal was a solely involved NGO which is financed by Embassy of Denmark for a period of 6 years to provide social mobilization support on the Leasehold Forestry and NTFP production. It carried out forest mapping, institutional mapping, lease land identification, group member’s identification, leasehold forestry group formation, obtaining community consensus, operational plan (OP) preparation, processing of OP, obtain approval of OP, and handing over of leasehold forest. It also implemented some quick returning income generating activities, capacity building and technology transfer training and support for institutional development of leasehold groups. Focused was on promotion of greenery in different ways.
About 5595 households were supported for cultivation and harvesting of NTFPs in Jumla, Humla, Bajhang, Bajura, Lamjung and Ramechhap. DEPROSC-Nepal handed over 7118 hectares of land to 5595 members/ households represented from 608 leasehold forestry user’s group (LFUGs). Further, DEPROSC-Nepal was also involved in conducting participatory action research in identification of strategic Non-Timber Forest Products.