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EOI - for study on Climate Change and NTFPs-roles and potential Last dt 12 Dec 2014

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Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) for study on Climate Change and NTFPs-roles and potential

Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) is a not for profit development organization which was established in 1961 to support development Programmes across India especially to the vulnerable communities and grass root community based organisations. IGSSS vision is of establishing a humane social order based on the tenets of equity, liberty and justice in which the human rights and dignity of every individual is upheld.

IGSSS implements and support quality development programmes in 24 States and Two Union Territories in India to empower individuals and communities. Through its programmes on Sustainable Livelihood, Disaster Risk Reduction, Gender Equality, Urban Homeless and Youth Development, IGSSS has reached out to more than One Lakh families every year. The Programmes at IGSSS are targeted towards the poor, marginalized and vulnerable sections of the society with special emphasis on women and children.

IGSSS invites Expressions of Interest from Consultants/Group of Consultants to undertake a study Climate Change and NTFPs-roles and potential

The study has to be done in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha in a total of 9 villages.

Interested Consultants/Group of Consultants are requested to send in their applications to by December 12, 2014 along with their CV with professional and research experience clearly delineated and a proposed methodology for study (2 pager).

Please note that the research duration is for two months-January and February 2015.

Context of the Study:Non-timber Forest Produce (NTFP) sector is one of the largest unorganized sector with a business turnover of more than Rs. 6000 crores per annum. In-spite of dependency of more than 275 million population of India (27% of the total) for their subsistence and cash livelihoods, the sector is neglected. NTFP contributes to about 20 to 40% of the annual income of forest dwellers (89 million tribal people) and provides critical subsistence during the lean seasons particularly for mostly disadvantageous and landless communities with a dominant population of tribals. Most of the NTFPs are collected and used/sold by women, so it has a strong linkage to women’s financial empowerment in the forest-fringe areas. As per an estimate the NTFP sector alone is able to create about 10 million workdays annually in the country (Report of working Group -11 on NTFPs in 12th FYP, 2011).

The impact of climate destruction on forest ecosystem is widely recognized. Another challenge in NTFP sector is depleting resource base either because of diversion of forest land for non-forest use, or due to unsustainable harvesting practices. Studies conducted in elsewhere and India suggest that the rate of extraction of NTFPs is linked to the degree of agricultural stress. On the other hand, poor R&D focus, inadequate post-harvesting practices, insufficient funds and infrastructure, and unorganized nature of the trade have made it financially vulnerable particularly for the primary collectors whereas the differential and sometimes contradictory tax and transit regimes in the states have adversely affected not only the trade but even the production of NTFPs. These challenges pose serious threat to the livelihood of the forest dependent community and making them more vulnerable in absence of less opportunity to cope effectively with the adversities of climate change due to low capabilities, poverty, weak institutional mechanisms and lack of access to resources.

Various studies suggest change in temperature and rainfall pattern is affecting the phenology and the reproductive biology of various trees, shrubs and herbaceous plant species. These changes leading to qualitatively and quantitatively production of NTFPs (for example, lac) and in turn affect the dependent economy of the local people. Suitable strategies require understanding the level of vulnerability and adaptation measure in future. Mapping of vulnerability of climate change to NTFP management and livelihood–region specific adaptation model require further understanding.

As far as scientific data and studies on the impact of climate distraction on NTFPs is concerned the area is gray. However, many of the indigenous communities have observed the changes in terms of phenology, reduction of quantity and quality of produce. These knowledge is poorly documented hence have not used by the policy makers.

Realizing the facts and predicted implications of climate change on forest biodiversity, traditional NTFP based practices and need of documentation of associated knowledge of forest based communities the present study is proposed having following objectives:

1. To document major NTFPs and knowledge associated with the community
2. To know level of concern/ perception of the local forest dwelling communities in relation to growing climatic concerns and impact on NTFPs
3. To build evidences of impacts of climate change on selected NTFPs as visualized by the NTFP dependent communities.
4. To strategies how NTFPs can contribute toward adaptation and mitigation of climate change
5. To come out with some recommendations both for policy makers and the resource dependent poor

The study will map the vulnerability of climate change on NTFPs and will assess how NTFPs can contribute to mitigation and adaptation of climate change. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods should be used during compilation and analysis.

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