Re­gional Work­shop on Track­ing op­tions for Sus­tain­able Man­age­ment and trade of Yartsa Guen­bub in Kailash Land­scape

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The Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Ly­onpo Yeshi Dorji graced the open­ing of the re­gional work­shop on track­ing op­tions for sus­tain­able man­age­ment and trade of Yartsa Guen­bub in Kailash land­scape held in Paro from 8th to 13th Au­gust 2015. There were eigh­teen par­tic­i­pants from In­dia, Nepal, China and Bhutan who shared knowl­edge and the best prac­tices in Cordy­ceps man­age­ment and trade in or­der for the Kailash Sa­cred Land­scape (KSL) mem­ber coun­tries to de­velop and re­fine their man­age­ment plans build­ing based on its sus­tain­abil­ity. This re­gional work­shop is jointly or­ga­nized by the Depart­ment of Forests and Park ser­vices (DoFPS) and the In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter for In­te­grated Moun­tain De­vel­op­ment (ICIMOD).

The Sec­re­tary with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Ten­zin Dhendup stated that the Sa­cred Kailash Land­scape Con­ser­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive as one of the flag­ship trans­bound­ary land­scape pro­gram of ICIMOD funded by GIZ and also pointed out the key ob­jec­tive of this as a re­gional col­lab­o­ra­tion among the mem­ber coun­tries and pro­mot­ing shar­ing of knowl­edge and best prac­tices among the coun­tries.

Fur­ther­more Dr. Ra­jan Kortu, Re­gional Man­ager Trans­bound­ary land­scape, ICIMOD high­lighted KSL as one of the key pro­grams of ICIMOD land­scape which is very im­por­tant ini­tia­tive link­ing co-oper­a­tions from In­dia, Nepal and China, Call­ing it as a ‘true trans­bound­ary co­op­er­a­tion’. He shared that one of the key goals set for 20 years as to achieve the lo­cal com­mu­nity of KSL to man­age and pro­tect the KSL through which both the liveli­hood and ecosys­tem can be ben­e­fit­ted.

Dr. Ra­jan Kortu said they had build a ba­sis of knowl­edge and learn­ing on cordy­ceps for two years from In­dia and Nepal. With which they had con­cluded a need for re­gional dis­cus­sions. They had also found that the is­sues were mostly re­lated to poli­cies and de­ci­sions on Cordy­ceps and poli­cies and de­ci­sions on gov­ern­ment which will help reg­u­late and gov­ern the cordy­ceps man­age­ment.

The cordy­ceps is the ma­jor source of in­come for many ru­ral peo­ple es­pe­cially the high­landers and plays a very im­por­tant role in so­cial, cul­ture and eco­nomic value of the peo­ple. How­ever Ly­onpo stated that due to change in mar­ket dy­nam­ics of the cordy­ceps it has lead to var­i­ous so­cial, eco­nomic and eco­log­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions.

‘The high econ­omy from cordy­ceps is di­vert­ing the at­ten­tion of tra­di­tional cordy­ceps har­vest­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing sheep and yak rear­ing but the huge rush for this high value commed­ity con­tin­ues to ex­ert pres­sure on land­scape due to over har­vest­ing and also lit­ter­ing dur­ing the col­lec­tion sea­son. There are se­ri­ous con­flict re­lated to ac­cess, ben­e­fit sharig and trade of this com­mod­ity.’ stated Ly­onpo.

Ly­onpo said ‘de­spite the cur­rent ef­forts in strength­en­ing the gov­er­nance of man­ag­ing the cordy­ceps, its sus­tain­abil­ity still con­tin­ues to be the main con­cern’ and hence ex­pressed his con­tent­ment of hav­ing this re­gional work­shop at an ap­pro­pri­ate time.

Sim­i­larly Dr. Ra­jan Kortu had stated ‘Bhutan has a very good ex­pe­ri­ence on Yartsa Guen­bub and the way that the Bhutanese gov­ern­ment has gov­erned is some­thing to be learnt from’. He ex­pressed that they look for­ward for very ab­sorb­ing three days learn­ing and to be able to bring changes in man­age­ment in Cordy­ceps in their coun­try.

On the other hand Ms. Corninna Wall­rap, Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sor GIZ said there are lots of chal­lenges be­cause of the trans- bound­ary is­sues. She said it needed na­tional poli­cies, na­tional guide­lines and prin­ci­ples adding that the work­shop gave a good plat­form to learn in­te­grated ap­proach and the trans­bound­ary per­spec­tives.

Since sus­tain­able col­lec­tion and trade of cordy­ceps is a trans­bound­ary is­sue, the re­gional work­shop will fa­cil­i­tate the ef­forts and co­op­er­a­tion to en­sure its sus­tain­able man­age­ment. The work­shop will also de­lib­er­ate on is­sues around poli­cies and prac­tices that will as­sist ex­change of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences in its man­age­ment. Gen­er­ally the three days work­shop will help adopt proper man­age­ment and sus­tain­able harvest of the nat­u­ral re­sources thereby as­sist­ing to de­velop the proper guide­lines, prin­ci­ples and trade re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­gions.

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