Voice Of The People
Mar 18, 2016-
COMMUNITY FORESTRY READY TO FLOURISH
After 1990, the legal basis to hand over identified areas of forests as community forest was created by implementing the Forest Act 1993. People were given ownership and opportunity to manage, utilise and protect forests themselves. Moreover, community forestry in some places has been helping in infrastructure development like building bridges, schools and learning centres. Picnic spots, recreational places and parks are the evolving concepts that are being adopted in community forests to generate revenues. In Nepal, 25 percent of forest is under community forestry through which about 32 percent of the population has been benefitting, although 60 percent of total forest is reported as suitable for handover as community forest. Enthusiastic participation of women, marginalised and backward communities in decision-making and management of community forest had made this model successful in the socio-economic upliftment of Nepali communities. Community forestry has been drawing global attention for carbon sequestration and carbon trade, which is beneficial for Nepal and is a means to mitigate climate change induced effects.
Community forestry, after its success in forest conservation, needs to be practised in other nations too (‘Nepal seeks to spread community forestry programme across Sasia’, March 16,Page 1), particularly in South Asia where we share identical geography, forest species management strategies, economy and settlement in forest vicinity. But Nepal’s community forestry is affected by a dwindling budget, political intervention and corruption, all of which have made it far less effective.
Tilak Neupane, Hetauda
THE FATE OF BILLIONAIRES
Not all countries love their dollar billionaires (‘Iran billionaire sentenced to death’, March 7, Page 5) (‘Mallya slapped with money laundering case’, March 8, Money II). At the end of the day, in many democratic and non-democratic countries, it seems that how and what means, conduits and routes were applied to make the billions matter most to their regulators.
Iran’s Babak Zanjani faces the death penalty for making himself a billionaire by allegedly withholding billions of state oil revenues channelled through his companies during the sanction years.
Mallya, who in the past repeatedly and famously proclaimed that he made his billions outside India, faces seditious charge of money laundering and a possible foreign exchange violation accusation from India’s powerful Enforcement Directorate. Apart from the prospect of losing all of $75 million payout from the transaction of his spirit company to his creditors for arrears of $1.4 billion, the poster boy of the good times seems to be fully entrenched in various charges and conspiracies including forex violation. The way things are going, it could well be that ‘some’ one put the money in his account to make him a billionaire for business and political exigencies or to evade taxes. At least, this seems to be true in Babak’s case, although that ‘some’ one seems to be himself. But he could not have done this, that is withheld state money, without the collaboration of his ‘well wishers’.
The text printed in the Kathmandu Post (Photo caption, March 8, Page 2) was incorrect. The details ran as: Chief of Army Staff Gaurav SJB Rana, who actually is the ex-Chief of Army Staff, while the photo was of present Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri. It is a very big error for a reputed news daily. The other grievance with the paper is that every second day on page no. 10, ‘RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT’ comes with very unclear and unreadable text, which strains the readers’ eyes. Why does the Post not give importance to such details?
Ajeshpal Singh, Birgunj
Published: 18-03-2016 08:23