Govt warns of action against obstruction
- chure conservation programme
Jun 21, 2014-
Minister for Forests and Soil Conservation Mahesh Acharya on Saturday warned the government would take action against anyone found obstructing the Chure conservation programme, including the formation of a President Chure Tarai-Madesh Conservation Committte chaired by former Finance Secreatary Rameshwor Khanal.
Addressing a programme on Saturday, Minister Acharya reiterated the urgency to come up with a separate high-powered committee and declare Chure an environment protection zone to check on deforestation and forest degradation activities in the region.
Soon after the committee formation on Monday, the community forest users’ groups (CFUGs) have been staging protest against the decision, accusing that the government has failed to provide meaningful participation of local communities in the Chure conservation.
According to the Federation of Community Forestry Users’ Nepal (Fecofun), an umbrella organisation representing around 14,000 CFUGs from across the country, the decision was made without consulting with the local communities.
They warned the programme’s implementation would threaten the livelihoods of thousands of families living along the Chure region from Ilam in the East to Kanchanpur in the West covering around 12.6 percent of the total area in 37 districts.
But Minister Acharya assured that the government is ready to work and coordinate with the community forestry users without impacting their activities in protecting Chure. “The decision was made to stop illegal exploitation and export of natural resources to bordering areas,” he said.
The newly-formed committee has been given major responsibilities, including the formulation of necessary policies and regulations for Chure conservation and its effective management, identification of vulnerable and highly sensitive areas along Chure and coordinate with authorities’ involvement in infrastructure development to ensure minimal impact on natural resource.
Published: 22-06-2014 09:25