• Thriving Natural Resource-Based Enterprises


  • To promote synergy between biodiversity and people’s livelihoods
  • To undertake natural resource-based research and development, innovation, and implementation through an integrated approach that ensures economic viability


  • To contribute to uplifting the living standards and sustainability of local communities through natural resource-based economic empowerment


  • To research and identify usages of natural resources, which are otherwise deemed commercially non-viable.
  • To work with leading experts to develop technology that turns often wasted raw materials into commercially viable products in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way.
  • To merge indigenous skills with improved technology through training to the poor, especially to women and socially excluded groups in rural Nepal
  • To develop marketable products and vend them to valued consumers in collaboration with established commercial vendors.

Core Areas of Work

  • Natural fibres
  • Livelihoods
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Sustainable forest resource management

Cross-Cutting Themes

  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
  • Research
  • Capacity Building

Success Stories


Towards tharu basketry

Towards the preservation of Tharu Basketry Culture The Tarai, southern belt of Nepal, is famous for basketry crafts, Mithila arts, and natural fiber floorings. The Tharu women, indigenous in that regi..

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CPLSUW project

The Conservation of Phewa Lake through Sustainable Use of Water Hyacinth (CPLSUW) project focuses to design a possible solution to control the widespread water hyacinth infliction in Phewa Lake by pro..


Nurturing weaving skills

Nurturing weaving skills based on natural fibers: a way towards women empowerment On 25 April, 2015, a powerful earthquake measured 7.3 in Richter scale struck with its epicenter at remote village of ..