19 June, 2019

Training strengthens support of Dura leaders for community monitoring

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The Center for Indigenous Peoples Research and Development (CIPRED) has been working for and with indigenous peoples on the issues of environmental and natural resource management, good governance, protection and promotion of indigenous traditional knowledge, cultural practices for sustainable livelihoods and environment in Nepal. CIPRED aims to implement Indigenous Peoples’ Sustainable, Self-Determined Development (IPSSDD) through education, research and development initiatives in Nepal.

Since April 2016, CIPRED has been working on the CBMIS program activities in collaboration with the Dura Service Center (DSC) and in partnership with Tebtebba. Under this project, with financial support from Tamalpais Trust and the Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning (IWKL) Fund, CIPRED has been providing advocacy and lobbying training, vegetable farming training and exposure visits, CBMIS training, data collection on medicinal plants and traditional skills training and, finally, the establishment of a CBMIS Center through the IPSSDD approach. 

Establishing the CBMIS Center in the community is one of the main goals of CIPRED and DSC, which needs emotional and financial contributions, support and mutual collaboration among the Dura leaders of the community and its leaders at the national level.

 

Photo credit: CIPRED

 

Since most of CIPRED’s CBMIS-related program activities are focused at the community level, collaborative engagement with the Dura leaders at the national level has lagged behind. This situation has created a gap in understanding of CBMIS and IPSSDD among the Dura leaders.

To respond to this, a training, "National level training on CBMIS and IPSSDD for Duras," was conducted by CIPRED in partnership with Tebtebba on August 30, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A total of 34 participants (18 males and 16 females) joined the training. This was facilitated by Dr. Pasang Sherpa, Ugan Manandhar, Tunga Rai and Pasang Dolma Sherpa based on the training manual, Basic Course on Community Based Monitoring and Information Systems (CBMIS) for Community Trainers and organizers developed by Tebtebba.

The training has played an important role for the Dura leaders to understand and acknowledge the importance of the CBMIS program that has been contributing to the monitoring and the protection of the Duras’ traditional knowledge and cultural practices for sustainable management of forest, water resources, and biodiversity.

Moreover, the training also helped the Dura leaders at the national level to understand the community development initiatives through IPSSDD for the sustainable management of the natural resources and livelihoods in the community, knowledge transfer to the future generations, and recognition by the local authorities.

The training has not only been fruitful for the Duras but also for CIPRED members in further enriching their knowledge and understanding of CBMIS and IPSSDD. (Excerpts from the CIPRED report, 06 Sept 2016