Panel to visit Chure districts

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 16, 2014-

The sub committee formed for Chure conservation under the Environment Protection Committee (EPC) of the Parliament has decided to visit various districts to study environmental aspect along with social and economic status of people living in the region.

The sub-committee, during a meeting with representatives of community forest users’ groups and around 20 different stakeholders from the region on Thursday, also decided to know the status of the protocol of officials appointed to the Rastrapati Chure-Tarai Madhesh Conservation Development Committee. The five-member committee led by former Finance Secretary Rameshwor Khanal was formed in June this year to oversee conservation and development of the Chure region that spreads across 33 districts in thecountry.

EPC Chairperson Janak Raj Chaudhary said the government did not conduct adequate consultations with local communities and other stakeholders on the management of Chure and failed to define the role of local communities in protecting the region. “For sustainable management and conservation of the fragile region, it is very important to work towards improving the livelihood people dependent on its resources,” he said.

Similarly, Ghanshyam Pandey, former chairperson of the Federation of Community Forestry Users’ Nepal, said around five million people live in the region and among them, three million do not have land ownership documents. “The government should consider the diversity of people living in the region and their rights over the natural resources. Any form of action curtailing the rights of locals is unacceptable,” he said.

Published: 17-10-2014 09:14

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