This thesis examines the contribution of caterpillar fungus (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) to rural livelihoods and the role of community-based resource management in the Pupal pasture of Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Nepal. Using a socio-ecological system's perspective, a survey instrument was developed and implemented among 223 harvesters, two traders and five community leaders during the fungus harvesting period in May-June 2019. Findings suggest that the harvesters earned USD 3,090 PPP on average from fungus collection, about 80% of household income, and that the sustainability of the resource is at risk. The implications of these findings for sustainable fungus harvesting and governance are discussed.
|Award date||20 Nov 2020|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2020|