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3.   Sawmill established for the Deurali – Bagedanda Community Forest User Group


A sawmill was installed on February 27, 2008 in the community of Deurali-Bagedanda CFUG (149 HHs) of Hanspur VDC, which lies in the Eastern-most part of the Kaski district. This community has a large forest area (181 ha), which includes different patches of the Deurali Community Forest, Bagedanda Community Forest, and Hansapur Pahiro Plantation area. As a Community Forestry Program (CFP), this area was handed over to the local community by the District Forest Office (DFO) in 1995, and since then the community itself has been conserving, managing, and utilizing the forest and its resources.

The New ERA research team noted from its four-year CIFOR project that the CFP, which had been in implementation since 1995, had not been effective enough to incorporate the local carpentry skill into its development framework and thereby improve the rural economy.  Despite the fact that many of the local people were experienced in woodworking, their skill was confined to traditional activities like making theki, gariyo, khatiya, halo, juwa, and some local furniture. The community people were overlooking potential cash earning resources that were readily available from nearby while relying heavily on external hardware support from donor agencies.

In order to better utilize the local skill and commercialize the resources, the New ERA team provided them technical facilitation, which was instrumental in organizing them into a cohesive unit and assisting them in figuring out better options. The team, in cooperation with the forest users’ group, conducted socioeconomic-based ‘well-being’ ranking and need assessment exercises during the course of its research activities in the community. As revealed by these exercises, the priority need of the community (76 percent) was the installation of an electric-powered sawmill in the area therefore, New ERA provided Rs. 80,000 for the installment and operation of the saw-mill which continues to be operational and provides employment to six local people who earns between Rs. 5,000 to 10,000 monthly.