Introduction

Community-based Forestry Supporters’ Network, Nepal (COFSUN, Nepal) is a network of the community based forestry facilitator, which was established in 2004 with the initiation of 251 facilitators from 51 districts. COFSUN, Nepal is an independent, non-governmental, non-political, non-communal and non-profitable organization that is committed to Right Based Approach (RBA). Its fundamental notion is to enhance community based forestry programmes by exchanging experience of facilitators and by developing their capacity for integrated resource management through Community Forestry User Groups (CFUGs). COFSUN, Nepal is indeed a common forum for facilitators from government and non-state sectors who work at local level to central level. More than 1360 members from 72 Districts (including government employee and non-state professionals) are affiliated to date with this network. Upon its ten years of journey in the community forestry movement, it has already established 34 District branches.

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Vision, Mission and Goal of COFSUN, Nepal

Vision (15 years’)

As a national level network of organized human resource pool, COFSUN, Nepal is recognized by stakeholders at national and international levels as a service provider to communities for integrated and sustainable management of community based natural resources and to address issues of climate change.

Mission (10 years’)

By ensuring the professional rights of community based development facilitators, COFSUN Nepal is a strong partner in collaboration with national and international organizations to campaign for social justice in integrated and sustainable management of community based natural resources in Nepal.

Goal (5 years’)

By strengthening the institutional capacity, COFSUN, Nepal will be able to contribute through services of capable human resources in integrated and sustainable management of community based natural resources and in the efforts towards resilience of climate change.

Main Areas of Specialization

  • Community Forestry processes
  • Training and moderation
  • Social mobilization and rural analysis
  • Skill test for accreditation of community forestry facilitators
  • Development impact study and report writing
  • IEC materials development

Sources of Funds

  • Consultancy fee
  • Membership fee
  • Donors project support fund