Saarc forest mgmt meet kicks off

- POST REPORT, Pokhara
Saarc forest mgmt meet kicks off

Nov 27, 2014-

A two-day meeting between experts regarding the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) for the management of forest area within the Saarc region has commenced here on Thursday.

The participants of the meeting organised by the Saarc Forestry Centre, Bhutan and the Tribhuwan University Institute of Forestry (TUIoF) here in Pokhara include forest experts associated with government agencies of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

However, there are no representatives from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The meeting was inaugurated by Ramesh Shakya, director at the Department of Forest Research and Survey of the Government of Nepal.

The meeting intends, primarily, to share experience regarding the use, effectiveness and future prospects of the GIS technology among the participants.

“The meeting will provide insight into the forest management tactics used by each member country, thereby helping learn how to make it more effective.

The meeting will also discuss about the condition of human resources regarding forest management within the Saarc region,” said Binod Prasad Hejyu, assistant lecturer at the Forestry Campus, Pokhara and coordinator of the programme.

A participant at the meeting, Dr Sangay Wangchuk, director of Saarc Forestry Centre, Bhutan said that the meet will play a pivotal role in promotion and inter-country coordination in the management of forests.

Likewise, Chiranjibi Prasad Upadhyaya, dean of TUIoF said that forest management process using the GIS system could be incorporated in the course. According to Upadhyaya, incorporation of the subject in the course would help facilitate effective field execution of the system.

Meanwhile, experts from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu and lecturers from the TUIoF will be presenting technical working papers during the two-day meet. 

Published: 28-11-2014 09:17

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