Delimit forest boundary: DoF

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 16, 2016-

The Department of Forests (DoF) has directed local authorities to carry out demarcation of the forest areas in their districts and come up with a proper action plan to control forest encroachment. 

Concerned with the DoF’s failure to implement its directive issued last year to conduct demarcation of forestland and control encroachment, the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had reminded the DoF last month to complete the assigned task without further delay. 

On April 8, 2015, the CIAA had issued a directive to the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation to come up with a detailed report on the existing status of forestland in all 75 districts. The ministry and its line agencies were also asked to come up with stringent measures to recover the encroached forestland, and prepare a work plan to control encroachment within three months, along with a periodic report in every six months. 

However, the district forest offices and line agencies have yet to furnish the information. 

“We have already asked our district authorities to prepare the required report and submit it to the department at the earliest. The districts will conduct demarcation of forestland in their respective districts and submit a action plan to control encroachment” said Resham Dangi, director general at the DoF.  

 

Two loggers arrested

PALPA: Villagers from Baldhengadhi in Palpa apprehended two men for cutting down Sal trees in the area on Sunday night. The duo—Dharma Bahadur Karki and Sobha Khamcha— was later handed over to the local forest office for legal action. Prem Chaudhary, assistant forest officer, said Karki and Khamcha could be associated with a timber smuggling racket. Illegal logging has increased in the area in recent times. The forest authorities suspect that some people in a nearby squatter settlement are helping the smugglers. Chaudhary said some local politicians could also be involved. Baldhengadhi locals say the forest authorities are not putting in enough effort to stop illegal logging in the area. (PR)

Published: 16-03-2016 07:31

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