Nepal

In-country updates

Timber piled up in Sundari Community Forest of Amarapuri Village Development Committee of Nawalparasi. © ForestAction Nepal Locally controlled forestry in Nepal – needed now more than ever

This edition of Forest Voices takes a look back over the history of community forestry in Nepal throughout the recent turbulent decades and draws conclusions which could help to influence the future of the country's forestry sector.

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17 February 2012
COP17: Nepali participants meeting at ICC, Forest users group boycotted the meeting after raising their voice on denial. Photo: Ramesh Prasad Bhushal No place at the climate table, Nepali communities say

GFP Nepal journalist - Ramesh Prasad Bhushal reports from COP17 which he is attending as a Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) fellow, with the support of Growing Forest Partnerships.

09 December 2011

Background

nepal mapGFP-Nepal has become an established initiative at a fascinating and challenging time for Nepal’s forest sector. As the country moves towards being a federal republic, a new Constitution has been drafted (though not yet finally agreed). A new legislative framework provides an opportunity for amending current sectoral policies and legislation, though differing views of what form such amendments should take has become the subject of lively debate. Some parties have difficulty letting go of old agendas and entrenched ideas; others see possibilities for positive change.

The focus of much debate currently is a proposed amendment to the Forest Act 1993, drafted by the Government and which would reinstate some of the powers given to the communities back to the government, as well as reducing the share of benefits given to communities from 100% to 50%.

The amendment has not been based on consultations with rights-holders and stakeholders, and the reaction to it has become a polarised debate. In this context the role of the GFP consortium – composed by Forest Action, FECOFUN, Nepal Forester’s Association, and Asmita Nepal has been crucial in fostering inclusiveness in the current multistakeholders consultations and in carrying out relevant policy research and communicating outcomes with wider audiences.

GFP Nepal started in June 2010 with the aim to facilitate dialogue in forest sector policy processes and to bring forest sector stakeholders to a common table, identify the key issues on policy process and agree on some acceptable framework for negotiating policy decisions towards productive, equitable and sustainable forest management.

Under this initiative, the GFP partners in Nepal carried out first, a diagnostic analysis of the key forest sector policy issues and developed discussion papers; second, hosted multi-stakeholder dialogues from local through national levels; and third, brought the key issues and learning to media.

The GFP consortium has engaged to catalyze community networking and multi-stakeholder policy dialogues in forest governance in Nepal with collaboration of other governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders including different community groups, women, dalit and marginalized groups.