Introduction

Title:

“Wild Harvests, Governance and Livelihoods in Asia”

About the Conference:

This conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers concerned with the conservation and use of wild harvested environmental products in Asia, from timber to medicinal plants and frogs. Participants will interact and share ideas and findings through research papers, posters, discussions, and the conference excursion. The conference is made up of two days of presentations and discussions followed by the conference excursion/field visit to Chandragiri hills outside Kathmandu. In addition, the conference venue in central Kathmandu provides direct access to an ancient city with an exceptional cultural heritage. Kathmandu can be reached by a number of International flights and provides a wide range of choice in terms of accommodation. The conference will take place at the Hotel Annapurna in central Kathmandu (where room discounts are available). Participants are encouraged to seek funding from their possible sources; the Organizers have available funding to support participation of a limited number of participants (selected based on request and quality of submitted abstract).

 

Themes:

  1. Collection, Marketing and Trade covers aspects from harvesting to end consumers, including value chains and global production networks.
  2. Conservation and Sustainable Use addresses issues from estimating single species harvest limits to obstacles to macro-level conservation planning.
  3. Policy and Governance aims at identifying institutional challenges to improvements in livelihoods and conservation outcomes.
  4. Livelihoods strives to increase our understanding of the role of wild products in households’ wellbeing, income generation and asset building.