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Locally controlled forestry in Nepal – needed now more than ever

Timber piled up in Sundari Community Forest of Amarapuri Village Development Committee of Nawalparasi. © ForestAction Nepal

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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Ban Chautari report from GFP Nepal: Multi-stakeholder processes through Ban Chautari

This report presents the key achievements of partnership through Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) in Nepal in catalyzing the restructuring of forest-sector policy processes to make them more deliberative and democratic. A key focus of the report will be presenting results and achievements of 2011 activities. The final section will also provide overall achievements of partnership with GFP since 2010.

No place at the climate table, Nepali communities say

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Nepali participants meeting at ICC, Forest users group boycotted the meeting after raising their voice on denial. Photo: Ramesh Prasad Bhushal

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.

No place at the climate table, Nepali communities say

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COP17: Nepali participants meeting at ICC, Forest users group boycotted the meeting after raising their voice on denial. Photo: Ramesh Prasad Bhushal

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.

Ban Chautari report from GFP Nepal: Forest enterprises

Ban Chautari discussion on Forest Enterprise, August 2011. Nepal. Photo: ASMITA Nepal

On 1 August 2011, Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) in-country partners in Nepal organised another Ban Chautari round-table event in order to tackle the complex issue of forest enterprise in community forestry. This report summarizes the discussion and conclusions from the event.

From semi-slavery to parliament — one woman’s fight for both forests and landless communities

Shanta Chaudhary at inauguration of information center in Nepal's Rasuwa district where the Langtang National park lies. Photo: Ramesh Prasad Bhushal, 2010.

Until 2006, Shanta Chaudhary was a bonded labourer who had never attended school. But today this accidental politician chairs Nepal’s parliamentary committee on Natural Resources and Means and is responsible for government policy on land, water, forests and the environment.

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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.

REDD+: Reversing, Reinforcing or Reconfiguring Decentralized Forest Governance in Nepal?

ForestAction Nepal_REDD+ Reversing, Reinforcing or Reconfiguring Decentralized Forest Governance in Nepal

Over the past few years, Nepal has become increasingly involved in international efforts to mitigate climate change through an emerging global mechanism called reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and enhancing forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+). This Discussion Paper examines the interactions among diverse institutions and actors involved in Nepal’s REDD+ readiness process at multiple scales.

Poverty reduction through forestry: Exploring strategies to realise economic benefits of timber management in Nepal

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Apsara Chapagain (FECOFUN) speaking on Ban Chautari panel, 7 July 2011

GFP Nepal held another successful 'Ban Chautari' roundtable discussion on 7 July on the subject of 'Poverty reduction through forestry: Exploring strategies to realise economic benefits of timber management in Nepal'. The Ban Chautari meetings are multi-stakeholder dialogues on forest policy issues and are coordinated and supported by the Growing Forest Partnerships initaitive.

Ban Chautari report from GFP Nepal: Poverty reduction through forestry

Ban Chautari panel: Growing Forest Partnerships - Nepal, 7 July 2011

GFP Nepal held another successful 'Ban Chautari' roundtable discussion on 7 July on the subject of 'Poverty reduction through forestry: Exploring strategies to realise economic benefits of timber management in Nepal'.

This discussion was organised by GFP partners ForestAction Nepal and FECOFUN

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

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