‘No assist in formulating chure Act’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 5, 2015-

Community users’ group and members from Chure region have opted out from the process of formulating Chure integrated management Act citing government’s indifference towards their concerns.

The government and Chure Conservation Joint Struggle Committee had reached an agreement to include community representatives to ensure that the rights of the local communities dependent on Chure for their livelihoods is adequately addressed while considering Chure conservation.

“However, the authorities breached the agreement and encouraged political interference and selected representatives who are not related with Chure region or its conservation activities,” said Bharati Pathak, coordinator of the joint struggle committee. This is against our demand of a fair and independent team, including community representative from the Chure region to prepare the integrated management act for the region, she said, adding, “So, we have decided to disengage ourselves from it.”

In June last year, the government declared Chure extending from Mechi in the East to Mahakali in the West and covering 33 districts as ecological conservation area.


Published: 06-08-2015 08:14

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