Ban Chautari report from GFP Nepal: Multi-stakeholder processes through Ban Chautari

Maximising policy impact of research through strengthening research-policy links has been a chronic challenge in public policy processes in Nepal. ForestAction has been engaging in research and policy dialogue for more than a decade and is experimenting diverse modalities for enhancing communication and effectiveness within multi-stakeholder processes. In this process, a small group of civil society organizations (ForestAction, the Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN), Nepal Foresters‘ Association (NFA) and ASMITA Nepal) formed a consortium and initiated a catalytic multi-stakeholder forest policy dialogue in partnership with Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) in 2010.

The design and operation of Van Chautari has provided a common, multi-stakeholder regular forum for all policy actors. There is a steering committee comprising consortium members and key individuals outside the consortium with history of significant contribution to democratising forest policy process. The collective decision of the consortium members provided day to day operational supports –institutional, human resources and financial resources. However, the general structure of the Chautari remained slightly porous providing an opportunity for the inclusion of those willing to contribute. Apart from the resources and expertise within the consortium members, the Chautari mobilised expertise and resources outside the members for facilitating effective and productive debate on forest policy agenda.

This report presents key achievements of partnership with GFP in Nepal for catalyzing restructuring forest sector policy process towards more deliberative and democratic process. Key focus of the report will be presenting results and achievements of 2011 activities. The final section will also provide overall achievement of partnership with GFP since 2010.

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