Ban Chautari report from GFP Nepal: Restructuring protected areas in Nepal

Charnawati watershed in Dolakha District, Nepal - pilot site for Forest Carbon Trust Fund (REDD+). Photo: Ramesh Prasad Bhushal, 2011

There has been a growing concern over how protected areas should be governed in post conflict Nepal. A recent Ban Chautari roundtable discussion was held by partners working together for GFP Nepal on the subject of protected areas. This report sumamrizes the key points raised and conclusions reached.

The Ban Chautari meetings are multi-stakeholder dialogues on forest policy issues and are coordinated and supported by Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP).

While Nepal has brought innovative policies, legal and institutional modalities of protected areas and is globally known for its long history of participatory conservation, the decisions of the government in recent years have largely been contested by local communities, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and stakeholders.

The plea for greater role of local communities in natural resource management and nature conservation has not been adequately addressed yet. Notwithstanding the well proven community based approaches to sustainable management of forest and biodiversity, the government recently has sought to expand protected areas. Consequently, there have been growing conflicts between the government and diverse sections of local communities and stakeholders. In many cases the government’s decision have been contested, challenged and even resisted.

This Ban Chautari was organized jointly by GFP partners ForestAction Nepal and FECOFUN.

For the full report please download the pdf below.