ForestAction Nepal and Department of Plant Resources (DPR) jointly organized a two-day workshop (24-25 March, 2023) to discuss the future prospects of research on plant resources in Nepal. The workshop was chaired by Dr. Radha Wagle, Director General of DPR and attended by senior officials from Ministry of Forest and Environment, researchers from DPR and faculties from Tribhuvan University. Dr Tirtha Bahadur Shrestha and Professor Emeritus Dr Ram Prasad Chaudhary provided critical input on the plant resource strategy prepared by DPR.
Drawing from the Jalthal biodiversity project Dr. Lila Nath Sharma highlighted research opportunities in plant science and biodiversity in Nepal. Likewise, Dr Uttam Babu Shrestha emphasized on the global and national scenario of research priority to achieve global biodiversity goals and contribution to human well-being. Broader discussion on various aspects of plant research in Nepal highlighted the need for better collaboration among stakeholders and effective communication of research results to wider audiences.