Hariyo Ban Program Training Needs Assessment and Training Strategy
This technical assessment report covers capacity building as an integral part of biodiversity, sustainable landscapes, and climate change adaptation. The assessment was designed to be broad with a goal of identifying training needs at the central landscape/district and local levels.
The assessment included five districts and five Village Development Committees (VCDs) with a total of 184 respondents of varying levels and occupations.
The report reviews the general lack of knowledge about the topics of biodiversity, climate change adaptation, REDD+, payments for ecosystem services, and sustainable landscape management, but says there is some basic knowledge to build upon. Gaps discovered through the research include capacity building initiatives, understanding of conservation efforts and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity profiling, study of alternative plant varieties, and the management of seed and gene banks, biodiversity research centers for agriculture, forestry, and livestock. Other gaps include lack of knowledge of trainers at training centers, poorly understood REDD+ processes at district and community levels, and a general lack of understanding in several climate change adaptation and conservation practices. Overall, the training needs in Nepal must become more robust with more in-depth understanding in biodiversity, sustainable landscapes, and climate change adaptation, as well as development of analytical, interpersonal communication, negotiation, and management skills.
Excerpt from the report:
- To ensure sustainability and transfer of learning into action, each training program should come with a set of robust monitoring and follow-up mechanisms;
- To ensure the wide-spread and timely dissemination of information at all levels, the capacity of the Program to leverage broadcast and print media must be developed;
- To ensure better coordination and process facilitation, the Government of Nepal, local bodies and community organizations need to better understand the Program’s thematic components and cross-cutting issues;
- To ensure that training curricula are relevant and up-to-date, opportunities should be created for universities, research institutes and training institutions to share their knowledge relating to thematic program components and cross-cutting issues;
- To ensure that training design, training delivery and program implementation is inclusive and gender sensitive/gender responsive, provide capacity development support to all relevant stakeholders including training institutions;
- To ensure that the voices of communities are listened to and their bargaining power enhanced, promote broad-based good governance practices at the institutional level;and
- To ensure the promotion of local green enterprises, deliver livelihood-related training programs linked to conservation, climate change, and sustainable forest management interventions.