National Conference on
Forestry Facilitators

“Contribution in Community Forest for Sustainable Forest Management, Good Governance, Restructuring Federal Structure, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation”

Introduction

In Nepal, 19,361 Community Forestry User Groups (CFUGs) are managing 1,813,478 hectares of national forest; more than 2,641,549 households have benefited. Community forestry is successful to establish as a community participatory based forest management in a decade of its development in Nepal. With the participation of the community in the forest, CF has great contribution in the livelihood with equitable resource utilization and developing income generating source. CF is also playing important role in restructuring of the local and central level government in the new Nepal Federal System. CF has contributed in hottest issues of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) building favorable adaptive environment.

The community forestry progress is steady and is one of the successful program in Nepal. Behind the success of the community forestry, many hands such as government and nongovernment organizations, activists, staffs, researcher, stakeholders, rightsholders and users are engaged. The communities themselves are the key for the success of CF. Besides these, forestry facilitators have also played vital role in the community forest facilitating forest users/ communities and government body. Forestry facilitators are involved in every step/process of the community forest with communities/users. They also played as a mediator between community and government/non-government bodies. They served the communities to achieve the benefit that provided the community forest. Therefore, forestry facilitators have great contribution in success of community forestry, sustainable forest management, resource utilization, building good governance, livelihood, restructuring in federalism, DRR and CCA.

Objectives

The main objective of this conference is to explore the contribution of forestry sector and facilitators in Nepal. The specific objectives are:
• To explore the contribution of forestry facilitators and identify their role for the prosperity of community forestry in Nepal.
• To share national and international practices of forestry facilitators.
• To identify role of rightsholder and stakeholder for current forestry issues.
• To mainstream the current issues of forestry sector.

Main themes

I. Sustainable Forest Management (Livelihood and Enterprise Development)
II. Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change (Adaptation, Mitigation)
III. Governance (Policy, federal re-structure and gender social justice)
IV. NRM based Conflict Transformation and Human Resource Development (Human Wildlife Conflict and Forestry Facilitator Skill Test Process)