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Regional Workshop on Pro-poor Leasehold Forestry
Abstract:
The earth is covered by 3.8 billion hectare of forests, which is about 30% of the global land area (FAO, 2012). Ten countries with the biggest forest area (Russia, Brazil, Canada, USA, China, Congo, Australia, Indonesia, Sudan and India) occupy 67% of the total forest area on earth (FAO, 2010).A total of 5.83 million hectare (39.6% of the country land area) is covered by forest and shrub land in Nepal. The forest dependent communities, living proximate to forests, in all over the world are among the most disadvantaged and poor communities. Being the source of extraordinarily wide range of products and ecosystem services, forests and trees provide numerous tangible and intangible benefits to the billions of people living on this planet. The forests could be the meaningful vehicle for the overall development of the country and local communities. Unfortunately, it is not the case when we compare the distribution of the forests and poverty in the global and local levels. The countries with highest proportion of the forests such as Congo, Sudan and such other African countries are among the poorest countries in the world. This contradictory situation continues in Nepal also. The districts with higher proportion of the forests, are among the poor districts (with poor human development indices) in Nepal. The benefits from the forests used to be drawn away by the outsiders rather than the people living adjacent to the forests. The situation has slightly improved after the adoption of the community based forest management (CBFM) system in Nepal. Among the various systems of the prevalent CBFM, the Leasehold Forestry (LHF) programme has directly benefited the poor people living at the vicinity of the forests. There are plenty of natural resources available in Nepal. Three Js (Jall, Jungle and Jamin: Water, Forests and Land) are the most important natural resources of the country. Long before, the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation had recognized the rights of the local people upon these resources, and initiated accordingly the devolution of the management, conservation, utilization and alienation rights to the local people in the form of various Community Based Forest Management systems. Community forestry, leasehold forestry and such other CBFMs have addressed the management of the forests and other resources through the participation of the local communities. The government has targeted to reduce the rural poverty and improve the condition of the degraded forests through the LHF programme, initiated in 1992. #ForestsForFoodSecurity #ForestsForLivelihoodSustainability #ImportanceOfForestsResources #EffectsOfForest degradation
Publisher: GoN, IFAD, FAO Type / Script:
Draft  in  English
Keywords:
FORESTRY, FOREST MANAGEMENT, FORESTRY INDUSTRY, FOREST MANAGEMENT, AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT, FOREST RESOURCE ASSESSMENT, LAND, PLANT AND SOIL RESOURCES, FOREST DEGRADATION, SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY, SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
Thematic Group:
FAO, (2014)
Thesaurus:
04.05.00 - Forestry
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Regional Workshop on Pro-poor Leasehold Forestry
Abstract:
The earth is covered by 3.8 billion hectare of forests, which is about 30% of the global land area (FAO, 2012). Ten countries with the biggest forest area (Russia, Brazil, Canada, USA, China, Congo, Australia, Indonesia, Sudan and India) occupy 67% of the total forest area on earth (FAO, 2010).A total of 5.83 million hectare (39.6% of the country land area) is covered by forest and shrub land in Nepal. The forest dependent communities, living proximate to forests, in all over the world are among the most disadvantaged and poor communities.Being the source of extraordinarily wide range of products and ecosystem services, forests and trees provide numerous tangible and intangible benefits to the billions of people living on this planet. The forests could be the meaningful vehicle for the overall development of the country and local communities. Unfortunately, it is not the case when we compare the distribution of the forests and poverty in the global and local levels. The countries with highest proportion of the forests such as Congo, Sudan and such other African countries are among the poorest countries in the world. This contradictory situation continues in Nepal also. The districts with higher proportion of the forests, are among the poor districts (with poor human development indices) in Nepal. The benefits from the forests used to be drawn away by the outsiders rather than the people living adjacent to the forests. The situation has slightly improved after the adoption of the community based forest management (CBFM) system in Nepal. Among the various systems of the prevalent CBFM, the Leasehold Forestry (LHF) programme has directly benefited the poor people living at the vicinity of the forests. There are plenty of natural resources available in Nepal. Three Js (Jall, Jungle and Jamin: Water, Forests and Land) are the most important natural resources of the country. Long before, the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation had recognized the rights of the local people upon these resources, and initiated accordingly the devolution of the management, conservation, utilization and alienation rights to the local people in the form of various Community Based Forest Management systems. Community forestry, leasehold forestry and such other CBFMs have addressed the management of the forests and other resources through the participation of the local communities. The government has targeted to reduce the rural poverty and improve the condition of the degraded forests through the LHF programme, initiated in 1992.
Publisher: GoN, IFAD, FAO Type / Script:
Draft  in  English
Keywords:
FORESTRY, FOREST MANAGEMENT, FORESTRY INDUSTRY, FOREST MANAGEMENT, AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT, FOREST RESOURCE ASSESSMENT, LAND, PLANT AND SOIL RESOURCES, FOREST DEGRADATION, SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY, SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
Thematic Group:
FAO, (2014)
Thesaurus:
04.05.00 - Forestry
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Regional Workshop on Pro-poor Leasehold Forestry
Abstract:
Regional workshop on Pro-Poor Leasehold Forestry. Poverty reduction has been the national priority of the Government of Nepal for many years. Millennium Development Goals have also targeted to halve the number of extreme poor by 2015. Not only the well integration and smooth blending of the multiple programs and plans, activities and resources, but also strong dedication,unaltered devotion and firm commitment are crucial from different institutions and people to attain this daunting target. Unlimited enthusiasm, hard work and integrity are the central elements in obtaining the Herculean objectives. The thriving outcomes of the Leasehold Forestry program in Nepal are the good examples of the commitment, collaboration, coordination and hard work of the several organizations and user groups. Pro-poor Leasehold Forestry program has already crossed two decades of successful implementation. It has demonstrated positive changes in the socioeconomic condition of the rural poor and degraded ecosystems. As a result, the program has been well acknowledged by the forest dependent communities, development partners and other sections of the society. Significant numbers of national and international media have been regularly highlighting the success stories; evidencing the Leasehold Forestry opening up the new dimension of rural livelihoods. Lots of important experience and learning obtained in last two decades could be the valuable assets to best design and execute future programs and plans. Regional workshop on pro-poor Leasehold Forestry was organized to share these experiences to broader communities, and learn from the international pro-poor forestry practices. The workshop brought together various brains and minds, skills and knowledge from within country and outside; setting the milestone to draw a number of useful ideas, opinions and inferences, concluded into the unanimously approved Kathmandu Declaration on pro-poor Leasehold Forestry. Bringing in all the aspect of two decades of implementation to a single microcosmic setting of a workshop in itself is a daunting task. Now Leasehold Forestry has crossed its adolescent stage thus needs to be more serious and mature. It cannot always remain a prodigy, who is praised for certain aspect but not taken seriously or not emulated. I hope, this workshop and the outputs are enough to transcend the pro-poor leasehold forestry from juvenile to well structured mature regime. Similarly, it is hoped that the government would bestow enough impetus to this management regime and provide both poor people and poor forests enough room to rejuvenate. The outcomes are serious enough and the evidences are so vivid that it is very difficult now not to heed them. Editors:Dr. Rajendra K. C., Dr. Jagdish Chandra Baral, Mr. Govinda Prasad Kafley, Published by Department of Forests,Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Publisher: GoN, IFAD, FAO Type / Script:
Draft  in  English
Keywords:
LEASEHOLD FORESTY, LIVELIHOODS DIMENSION, POVERTY ALLEVIATION, PRO-POOR LEASEHOLD FORESTRY, AVAILABLE NATURAL RESOURCES, FOREST AND SOIL CONSERVATION, COMMUNITY BASED FOREST, NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES, POLICY RELATED ISSUES, INTEGRATED PROGRAMMES, INTEGRATED PARTICIPATION, SOCIAL MOBILIZATION, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES, RURAL FINANCE, RESOURCES CONSERVATION, FOREST DEGRADATION
Thematic Group:
FAO, (2014)
Thesaurus:
04.05.00 - Forestry
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Feeder: LUNI SHRESTHA, Editor: ALISHATHAPALIYA, Auditor:
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Regional Workshop on Pro-poor Leasehold Forestry
Abstract:
Regional workshop on Pro-Poor Leasehold Forestry. Poverty reduction has been the national priority of the Government of Nepal for many years. Millennium Development Goals have also targeted to halve the number of extreme poor by 2015. Not only the well integration and smooth blending of the multiple programs and plans, activities and resources, but also strong dedication, unaltered devotion and firm commitment are crucial from different institutions and people to attain this daunting target. Unlimited enthusiasm, hard work and integrity are the central elements in obtaining the Herculean objectives. The thriving outcomes of the Leasehold Forestry program in Nepal are the good examples of the commitment, collaboration, coordination and hard work of the several organizations and user groups. Pro-poor Leasehold Forestry program has already crossed two decades of successful implementation. It has demonstrated positive changes in the socioeconomic condition of the rural poor and degraded ecosystems. As a result, the program has been well acknowledged by the forest dependent communities, development partners and other sections of the society. Significant numbers of national and international media have been regularly highlighting the success stories; evidencing the Leasehold Forestry opening up the new dimension of rural livelihoods. Lots of important experience and learning obtained in last two decades could be the valuable assets to best design and execute future programs and plans. Regional workshop on pro-poor Leasehold Forestry was organized to share these experiences to broader communities, and learn from the international pro-poor forestry practices. The workshop brought together various brains and minds, skills and knowledge from within country and outside; setting the milestone to draw a number of useful ideas, opinions and inferences, concluded into the unanimously approved Kathmandu Declaration on pro-poor Leasehold Forestry. Bringing in all the aspect of two decades of implementation to a single microcosmic setting of a workshop in itself is a daunting task. Now Leasehold Forestry has crossed its adolescent stage thus needs to be more serious and mature. It cannot always remain a prodigy, who is praised for certain aspect but not taken seriously or not emulated. I hope, this workshop and the outputs are enough to transcend the pro-poor leasehold forestry from juvenile to well structured mature regime. Similarly, it is hoped that the government would bestow enough impetus to this management regime and provide both poor people and poor forests enough room to rejuvenate. The outcomes are serious enough and the evidences are so vivid that it is very difficult now not to heed them. Editors:Dr. Rajendra K. C., Dr. Jagdish Chandra Baral, Mr. Govinda Prasad Kafley, Published by Department of Forests,Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Publisher: GoN, IFAD, FAO Type / Script:
Draft  in  English
Keywords:
LEASEHOLD FORESTY, LIVELIHOODS DIMENSION, POVERTY ALLEVIATION, PRO-POOR LEASEHOLD FORESTRY, AVAILABLE NATURAL RESOURCES, FOREST AND SOIL CONSERVATION, COMMUNITY BASED FOREST, NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES, POLICY RELATED ISSUES, INTEGRATED PROGRAMMES, INTEGRATED PARTICIPATION, SOCIAL MOBILIZATION, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES, RURAL FINANCE, RESOURCES CONSERVATION, FOREST DEGRADATION
Thematic Group:
FAO, (2014)
Thesaurus:
04.05.00 - Forestry
PDF | File Size: 4.06 MB   Download
Feeder: LUNI SHRESTHA, Editor: , Auditor:
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