Lokta Handmade Paper

Proposal for Enhancement of Sustainable Production of Lokta Handmade Paper Production in Nepal

Lokta Handmade Paper Production map

The SWITCH-Asia project of Nepal Handmade Paper Association (HANDPASS, "Enhancement of Sustainable Production of Lokta Handmade Paper in Nepal (ESPLHP)) aims to establish system/s of forest management and marketing of paper in favour of MUs and SMEs of handmade paper sector in Nepal.

The lokta plant is a shrub that grows at an altitude of 2000 to 4000 meters in most coniferous forests of Nepal. Lokta paper is made from the inner bark of this shrub. The sector has more than 170 enterprises engaged in paper production in different parts of the country. These enterprises provide large-scale employment opportunities and benefit approximately 55,000 families. In particular, women are the primary beneficiaries of the sector as 80% of the workforce is composed of women.

Activities of the program will focus on promoting a system sustainable of forest management, and green technologies in hand made paper production. The activities of the project will effectively cover the entire value chain of this sector. Apart from support to farmers, the project also focuses on several other activities like proper Lokta harvesting techniques, reduction of wastewater pollution in paper dyeing process, as well as improving product development and quality enhancement. Additionally, the project aims to strengthen Lokta trade networks through participation in international trade fairs and organizing buyer seller meetings in Nepal and Europe.

Project Objectives

  • To increase the cost efficiency of handmade paper & products, thus improving the economic condition of farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs
  • To address the social and environmental challenges associated with paper production
  • To promote the adoption of a proper method of extracting and making paper
  • To minimise water pollution
  • To develop the market for paper by making the paper sector more sustainable;
  • To strengthen the Nepal Handmade Paper Association.

 

Duration: 1/2009 - 12/2011

Total budget: EUR 1,400,004 (EU Contribution: 90%)

Contact

Govinda Pandey
Nepal Handmade Paper Association
House No. 69, Banijya Kendra Marga, Bijulibazaar
Kathmandu
Nepal
Phone: +977-01-4783454

govinda.panday@switchasialokta.com

Handmade Paper Association of Nepal (HANDPASS) Handmade Paper Association of Nepal (HANDPASS)
The Handmade Paper Association of Nepal (HANDPASS) is a non-profit organisation established in 1996 to strengthen and promote handmade paper enterprises in Nepal. HANDPASS is responsible for the overall execution of the project and is a member of the P
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) is a federally owned organisation that works worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GTZ jointly implements the project with HANDASS and is a member
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Poster Lokta Paper

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