Programs & Projects

Sustainable Community-Based Enterprises for Improved Livelihood in Bhutan

Countries: Bhutan
Duration: 2020 - 2025 (AFoCO/017/2020)

Goal & Objectives

The project aims to contribute to strengthening both the management and governance skills of the group. This will also contribute to building vibrant democracy at the community level, sustainable management of resources, the livelihoods of group members including youth and women so that the groups will be able to sustain themselves independently by the end of the project period. The main objectives are outlined are as follows:

  • To promote CF and NWFP industries by establishing community-based enterprises;
  • To develop alternative income sources for livelihoods of rural communities; and
  • To enhance knowledge and technology on climate change adaptation through sustainable forest management.

The specific objectives are as follows:

  • Establish five community-based rural enterprises for forestry products by end of the project period;
  • Increase alternative income-generating activities – initiate three Payments for Environmental Services (PES) Scheme for timber, NWFPs & water, and five community-based ecotourism identified and operationalized;
  • Enhance capacities of 1,000 community members and 200 forestry staff on sustainable management of forest resources;
  • Develop skills in at least two wood products and five non-wood forest products;
    • About 100 CF members trained in wood product development
    • At least five new NWFP products developed and market linkages established
    • At least 25 community members from five enterprises trained on operation and maintenance of equipment
  • Enhance knowledge and technology on climate change adaptation approaches
    • Vulnerable communities identified, indigenous adaptation practices documented and climate-smart adaptation measures initiated
    • Important/ vulnerable timber and non-timber species documented

Expected Outputs

The project has four expected outputs:

  • Small-scale community based rural enterprise for forest products established;
  • Increase alternative income-generating activities – initiate three Payments for Environmental Services (PES) Scheme and five community-based ecotourism identified and operationalized;
  • Enhance capacities of community members and forestry staff on sustainable management of forest resources;
  • Develop skills in at least two wood products and five non-wood forest products.

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