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ComForM Project

Community based natural forest management in the Himalaya (ComForM)

Duration: 3 phases, 11 years (Sep 2003 – Sep 2014)

Project Goal: Improve forest and natural resource management based on local participation in Nepal. Objectives are to establish long-term applied biophysical, socio-economic and institutional research & build research capacity

Major Activities: Long term study of people-forest interactions, climate change (adaptation) and livelihood; Strategic studies on nationally important forestry issues; Short-term studies of high academic quality; Action research on locally relevant forestry-related topics; PhD studies in project’s theme

Funded by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)

Budget:  DKK 8 million in each phase

Collaborators: IFRO-UoC, IOF-TU, DFRS-MFSC

Project Coordinator: Dr. Santosh Rayamajhi ([email protected])

Website:  http://www.ifro.ku.dk/english


ComForM Long-Term Research Data Base

  1. Socio-economic household survey
    • Total income data for 836 HHs
    • Panel data (2006, 2009, 2012)
    • Labour allocation
    • Health
    • Governance
  2. Biophysical survey
    • 241 permanent sample plots
    • Measured 2006, 2009, 2013
    • Spatial extraction (2012-13)
    • Farm trees (2009)
    • Herbs and shrubs (2007)
    • Dendrochronology (four species)
  3. Institutional study
    • This gives contextual information to allow better interpretation of the long-term data sets