International Women’s Day 2024

If we are dreaming beyond the confines of the present and striving for a prosperous future then, there should be equity and equality among men and women across the globe. In commemoration of International Women’s Day 2024, ‘Investment in women: Accelerate the progress’, ForestAction Nepal came together in a special celebration of Women’s Day on March 8, 2024. The event revolved around the theme “Inspire Inclusion” for women empowerment and gender equality addressing the fact about investment in women and its achievements.

Every staff member expressed their thoughts and opinion on the role of women in shaping our society. Our members shared powerful success stories of empowerment and investment in women’s lives who have defied odds, overcome challenges, and achieved remarkable success in different fields. This was followed by highlighting the importance of investment on women for their capacity, leadership development, and building professional networks

International Conference on Revitalising Community Forestry in the era of socio-environmental crisis

International conference on community forestry aims to provide a productive platform to share lessons and insights from practitioners, professionals, policy actors, and researchers through plenary talks, presentations, panel discussions, audio-visual presentations, and field visits. It is designed to forge productive dialogue between practice-based insights, theories, and policy questions. It is expected that the conference will draw relevant lessons, help address emerging policy questions, and re-energise momentum towards ecosystem restoration through community forestry.

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World Environment Day Celebrated 2023

Environment problems cannot be solved by anyone on their own. It is important for the whole community to be invested if a change is to be made. While “World Environment Day 2023” was globally celebrated with the campaign #beatplasticpollution, the ACIAR funded EnLiFT2 project led by ForestAction Nepal, along with Salle Chaubas Forest Management Committee and Sub Division Forest Office, Chaubas, organized a one-day “School Level Awareness Program” on June 5, 2023, in Setidevi Secondary School, Yakpa tole of Bhumlu-4, Kavre, Nepal. The celebration served      as a spur for collaboration and group efforts to build a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future for future generations. This day was celebrated primarily to raise public awareness of the need to protect the environment by avoiding the use of plastic and instead utilizing eco-friendly alternatives.

Marking the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day 2023, the events were divided into multiple sessions that centered on beating plastic pollution. The sessions were a silent rally on the importance of environmental conservation, with the participation of hundreds of students from three major schools in Bhumlu and Kavre. The rally was demonstrated, seeking to bring recognition of how plastic pollution impacts a natural environment. It was staged to bring attention to environmental issues and prompt action to prevent or address plastic pollution. The plantation program was carried out on the school premises to promote the preservation of trees, maintain a sustainable environment, and promote the greenery around the school premises.
Inter-school speech competitions and inter-school quiz competitions were conducted, in which three higher secondary schools, Bhumlu 4 and 5, participated. The main aim of these competitions was to offer the students the chance to socialize not only with classmates but with different students from other schools and learn through these interactions. Further, this competition also helped the students to observe, share their opinions, choose their words, ease oral communication, and take many actions to motivate them to fight against plastic pollution.
This event was intended to encourage fun learning methods while also enhancing general knowledge on diverse environmental-related themes. Overall, all the participants present there benefited from the diverse themes discussed in this event, making them more environmentally conscious. Two cultural dances and songs were performed by the students to promote social and cultural interaction as well as a sense of community well-being and unity. These dances were accompanied by powerful social messages and narratives. Ecofriendly alternatives like cloth banners, handmade papers, hemp bags, etc. were used throughout the program to encourage the use of green alternatives.


Workshop to identify key gaps and challenges pertinent to forest fire management in Nepal

Forest fire pose threats to the ecosystem and human lives every year in Nepal. The problem is exacerbated with rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and prolonged droughts. Despite efforts from multiple agencies, forest fire remains a threat due mainly to high accumulation of fuel load in the forests and poor forest management practices. This calls for effective forest fire management strategies with a combination of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery measures. In this backdrop, ForestAction Nepal in collaboration with Nepal Forester’s Association (NFA), Global Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS), and Institute for Study and Development Worldwide (IFSD) organized a half day dialogue to identify key gaps and challenges pertinent to forest fire management in Nepal.

Policy dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of forest enterprise

Attaining prosperity from forestry is one of the pressing policy priorities in the forestry sector of Nepal. With the new local government system in place, there are ample opportunities to support community forests and local farmers in promoting forest-based enterprises. However, there are still gaps pertinent to the financial, technical, and policy aspects of FBEs in Nepal.

With an aim to develop a common understanding on the issue and identify ways forward to promote FBEs, ForestAction Nepal in support of the Australian Aid, conducted a local government-level policy dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of forest enterprises in Chautara, Sindhupalchok, on October 1, 2023. Diverse stakeholders from local government (wards, municipalities), the Department of Cottage and Small Industries (Gharelu), technicians, researchers, NGO (Forest Action Nepal), furniture entrepreneurs, Lapsi entrepreneurs, media and outreach, etc. were actively engaged to discuss the opportunities, challenges, and ways out for forest enterprise development.


Study tour of EfD Forest Collaborative participants

Wrapped up a four days’ (20-23 November) study tour of EfD Forest Collaborative participants in Nepal. Participants from Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya visited Nepal to explore community forestry practice in Nepal. The study tour involved a mix of discussions with Nepali policymakers, academics, community forestry advocates and members of forest user groups.  The team led by Prof. Randell Bluffstone from Portland State University, visited community forests in Kavre and met with community forest user groups to discuss ways forests are being managed. They mostly observed how community forests in Nepal operate and had meaningful conversations with the people driving this initiative. Likewise, the participants had insightful discussions with members of FECOFUN, forest officials at the Department of Forests and Soil Conservation as well as the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation, the Dean of the Institute of Forestry, and researchers.