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Untold story of community forest program in Nepal, by Uddhab Pyakurel (ae 13/02/2024)

Turning Nepal's forests into fortune : Nepal is committed to preserving forest coverage, but the focus must be on effective implementation, by Subash Pandey (kp 11/02/2024)

Dhangadhi encouraging public to plant saplings in memory of their loved ones : The sub-metropolis has been encouraging citizens to participate in its tree plantation campaign launched with the aim of greening the city, by Mohan Budhair (kp 08/11/2023)

Federal conditional grants to be invested for promotion of agroforestry (ht 28/10/2023)

Local units are at forefront of forest encroachment : All 88 local units in the Sudurpaschim Province have encroached on forestlands to build offices, schools and other infrastructures, forest officials say, by DR Pant (kp 08/09/2023)

Unutilized one billion rupees stuck in Forest Development Fund, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 18/08/2023)

Forest Politics, Policy, and People, by Sagar Pahari (rep 06/08/2023)

Insufficient supply of timber leading to outflow of millions of rupees in import from foreign countries (rep 16/07/2023)

Gorkha Forest Office distributing 90,000 tree saplings for free (kh 11/07/2023)

As many as 157,000 saplings planted (kh 30/06/2023)

How do we manage community forests? Nepal can reduce rural poverty, balance trade and earn foreign currency through sustainable forest management, by Bijesh Mishra (kp 28/06/2023)

Citizen Monitoring For Forest Management, by Samapika Gautam (rn 12/06/2023)

Community Forestry Shows Sound Results, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 30/05/2023)

Forests in flames : Dealing with the crisis calls for a multi-level approach, starting with ethical and sensible handling of forests (kp 15/05/2023)

Forests and climate change : Discussions on how and if forests will adapt to climate change is practically non-existent in Nepal, by Aditya Acharya (kp 05/03/2023)

Reviving Nepal’s community forestry success story : After restoring forest cover, Nepal should now prioritise harvesting and regeneration of forests to raise living standards, by Hemant Ojha (nt 13/01/2023)

Police recover over 4000 kg red sandalwood in Sindhupalcowk (kh 11/01/2023)

Insights And Qualms Of Conservationists, by Deepak Gyawali (sp 30/12/2022) [book review]

We have but one living planet. Let’s protect it, by Ritu Koshi (ae 26/12/2022)

Dhankuta exports timber worth more than 500 million (kh 24/12/2022)

Wildfire remains key challenge to forest management (kh 23/12/2022)

Kailali is losing its forests rapidly to various projects : Encroachment has increased markedly over the past six years, by DR Pant (kp 17/12/2022)

Prospects Of Agroforestry In Nepal, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 20/09/2022)

Nearly 700 Sal trees dry up suspiciously in Chitwan National Park : Officials admit the park has failed to investigate the issue and manage dried up trees, by Shankar Acharya (kp 01/09/2022)

Buffer zone residents in Kanchanpur accused of deliberately killing Sal trees : Forest officials say locals peel the bark off and harm the roots to kill the trees and are also involved in timber smuggling, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 20/08/2022)

Restoring landscape with bamboo : In contrast to natural forests, bamboo forests have the highest capability for ground water recharging, by Dipti Baral (kp 06/08/2022

Chepang and their Chiuri : The accelerated destruction of native tree species has imperilled local traditions, culture and way of life, by Bhadra Sharma (nt 05/08/2022)

Rhododendron saplings planted in Sarangkot hill (kh 31/07/2022)

Trees are drying up in Dhankuta forests, bewildering locals : Trees, mostly chir pines locally called Khote Salla, growing in around five hectares of forest land have dried up, according to the division forest office in Dhankuta, by Ramesh Chandra Adhikari (kp 11/07/2022)

Taplejung people attracted to private forestry (kh 11/07/2022)

Collaborative forests nurture 350,000 saplings for plantation (kh 01/07/2022)

Teenjure-Milke-Jaljale losing rhododendron forests : Construction of roads, transmission lines and infrastructures, rampant use of forest products and overgrazing are threat to rhododendron conservation, by Chandra Karki (kp 13/06/2022)

Deforestation for development leading to environmental degradation : Trees are being cut down indiscriminately in large numbers in the name of physical infrastructure development or to accommodate the growing number of human settlements, stakeholders say, by Madhav Aryal, Durgalal KC and Birendra KC (kp 11/06/2022)

Forest cover may have increased but agricultural land is shrinking : Farmlands have shrunk by 2.1 percentage points with the expansion of built-up area from 2000 to 2019, latest data suggest, by Pawan Pandey (kp 25/04/2022)

Timber smuggling resumes in Sarlahi : Felling and smuggling of trees go unchecked due to the lack of effective patrolling in the forest areas, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 06/04/2022)

Communities know their forests best : Community forestry has been a global success story for Nepal, none more so than those in the buffer zone of the country’s many national parks, by Mukesh Pokhrel (rec 07/03/2022)

Encroachment, deforestation shrink forest cover : Land mafia and timber smugglers claiming stakes on forest resources has led to the loss of forest area in Kanchanpur and Kailali districts, by DR Pant, Mohan Budhaair and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 29/01/2022)

Sustainable forest management: Way to mitigate climate change effects, by Ghanashyam Khanal (ht 31/12/2021)

Protect forests : Instead of allowing the people to build houses in the forest areas, they can be leased under the leasehold policy (ht 16/12/2021)

Nepal to end deforestation by 2030 (kh 18/11/2021)

Timber smuggling unchecked in Sarlahi : Around 120 cubic feet wood recovered from Janakinagar collaborative forest in Sarlahi over the past few month, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 15/11/2021)

Nepal's capital of trees at the crossroads: Save the botanical heritage, by Lila Nath Sharma and Rahul Karki (ht 03/11/2021)

Permission granted to cut around 7,000 trees for upgrading Mugling-Pokhara road (ht 23/10/2021)

Join a caravan and plant a tree on your birthday (kh 11/10/2021)

Community Forestry: An Effective Avenue to Respond to COVID-19, by Khem Lal Bishwakarma (rep 07/10/2021)

Right trees for right seasons in Kathmandu : Besides beautifying the city, selecting correct species has ecological benefits and reduces road hazard, by Meena Bohara (nt 17/09/2021)

Alternative use of community forests, by Yubaraj Kandel (mar 09/09/2021)

Dakhakwadi residents struggle to keep sandalwood smugglers at bay : More than a dozen sandalwood trees were stolen from the Pyuthan village in the past six months, by Shamsher Bikram GC (kp 31/08/2021)

Deforestation intensified in Rautahat (ht 20/08/2021)

Timber worth millions missing from Kapilvastu community forest, by Manoj Paudel (kp 16/08/2021)

Ten thousand tree saplings planted in Sunsari (kh 23/07/2021)

Drone cameras being used to monitor forest (kh 04/06/2021)

Community forest user groups lambast government for not addressing concerns : They had hoped the government would resolve their outstanding issues of tax and PAN through new budget, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 04/06/2021)

Division Forest Office in Rautahat facing difficulties evicting encroachers from forest area : Forest officials say their attempts to remove the encroachers failed in the past as they are backed by political parties, by Shiva Puri (kp 02/05/2021)

Forest officials in Udayapur raise flag on Chure conservation : Population burst and urbanisation adversely affecting forest cover, conservationists say, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 29/04/2021)

Wildfire at 47 community forests destroy 1200 hectares forest in Myagdi (rep 07/04/2021)

The World Bank provides loans and grant for a sustainable forest management in Nepal (sp 02/04/2021)

Rainfall brings some respite from pollution but threat of more wildfires remains : With the rain, the number of wildfires came down to 59, air quality index to 42 from  a high of 334, and visibility went up to 7,000 metres from 1,000 metres, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 02/04/2021)

Controlling forest fires in Nepal, by Anisha Bidari (ae 01/04/2021)

Bushfires rage in 2,000-hectare forest, smoke blankets Nawalpur (ht 27/03/2021), Rising Wildfire Incidents Call For Effective Response, by Shiv Kumar Kashi and Nayak Paudel (rn 27/03/2021), Wildfire grips Rautahat forest, life hit adversely (ht 28/03/2021), Division Forest Office in Myagdi unable to control wildfires, by Ghanshyam Khadka (kp 29/03/2021)

Restoring forest requires local action, by Ananta Bhandari (rep 21/03/2021)

Forest experts call for an alternative to Scientific Forest Management Work Procedure (ht 12/03/2021)

Nepal must save Nijgad Forest to receive climate funds : Clear-cutting the last native forest in the eastern Tarai violates climate commitments by Nepal and its partners, by Kashish Das Shrestha (kp 12/03/2021)

Bardiya villagers build huts in community forest in hopes of getting land deeds : More than a dozen huts have been set up inside Jaya Kusumba Devi Community Forest in Gulariya after the formation of Land Problems Resolution Commission last March, by Kamal Panthi (kp 24/02/2021)

Timber smugglers attack forest guards (ht 04/02/2021)

Official ban on felling and sales of timber gives rise to smuggling of wood in Kanchanpur, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 28/01/2021)

Wildfire burns 700 hectares of forest cover in Manang, by Aash Gurung  (kp 14/01/2021)

Five bighas of forest land encroached in Bardibas, Mahottari : The encroahers are working in collusion with the forest officials, forest consumer committee, and Bardibas Municipality, local residents say, by Sunita Baral (kp 26/12/2020)

Research centre coming up at the birthplace of community forest movement : The centre in Thokarpa is expected to establish itself as an important assembly point for researchers to learn from the past and work on ways to manage forest resources sustainably., by Anish Tiwari (kp 18/11/2020)

Around 150,000 cubic feet timber rotting in community forests : The logs were left in the forests as the federal government decided to ban the  logging, collection and sale of timber nationwide, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 07/11/2020)

वनको वैज्ञानिक व्यवस्थापन : अध्यक्षलाई पत्र, by Suman Bhattarai (nag 21/10/2020)

Musahar people and police clash over forest logging, by Santoh Singh (kp 11/09/2020)

Smugglers in Dadeldhura haphazardly fell trees on pretext of constructing road : Smugglers, in collusion with forest officials and local political leaders, have been smuggling timber from the Aalital area for a long time, locals say, by D.R. Pant (kp 06/09/2020)

Forest fires down across  country this year, says study, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 02/09/2020)

Timber collection ban discourages user groups from continuing conservation : Due to restrictions, community forest users are in trouble and they have lost their valuable source of income, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/08/2020)

Ban on timber trade since May has left logs worth millions decaying: The ban has led to a shortage of timber in Sudurpaschim Province while consumers are forced to pay exorbitant prices, by Mohan Budhaair (kp 17/08/2020)

Encroachment of forest land rife in Kailali (ht 06/08/2020)

Three panels probing irregularities in forest management (ht 24/07/2020)

COVID-19 and Family Private Forestry, by Bijaya Raj Paudyal (kh 18/07/2020)

Post-COVID-19 Employment In Forestry Sector, by Hari Prasad Pandey and Ganesh Paudel (rn 19/06/2020)

As new fiscal year draws near, government’s plan to plant 50million tree saplings in 2019-20 is nowhere near its target: Government officials are confident about meeting the plantation target but they are not willing to bet on the survival of the plants, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 06/06/2020) [As always, empty words from the Oli government!]

Community forest users’ groups decry continuation of heavy taxes: The budget exempted the 15 percent tax levied by the federal government, but the taxes by local and provincial governments remain unchanged, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 04/06/2020)

A community forest in Palpa smuggling timber during lockdown: Three persons, including chairman of the forest consumers’ committee, have been arrested for investigation, by Madhab Aryal (kp 02/06/2020)

Timber smuggling rampant in Bara (ht 24/05/2020)

Over Four Thousand Trees To Be Chopped For Nijgadh International Airport Approach Road (rn 11/05/2020), Proposal to cut down trees for NIA to be tabled before Cabinet (ht 11/05/2020)

Illegal Tree Felling And Timber Smuggling Rife During Lockdown In Sarlahi (rn 27/04/2020)

Forest office in Udayapur bans entry to forest areas to keep a check on illegal activities during the lockdown: The office took the decision in the wake of increased incidents of bushfires, trees felling, smuggling of woods and hunting of wild animals across the country, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 18/04/2020)

Wood smuggling, wildlife poaching cases up (ht 17/04/2020)

Wildfire, poaching and tree felling go unchecked in forests of Morang and Mahottari: Forest officials claim that the poachers sparked wildfires to trap the wildlife, by Binod Bhandari and Sunita Baral (kp 13/04/2020), Lockdown a boon for timber smugglers, by Laxman Ghimire (rep 13/04/2020)

Around 200 Khayar trees cut down in Tripurasundari, Dhading: Smugglers have cut down trees taking advantage of nationwide lockdown, locals say, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 12/04/2020)

Timber smugglers are entering Nawalparasi forest taking advantage of lockdown: As many as 65 trees were felled in the past few days in Nawalparasi (East), forest officials say, by Narayan Sharma (kp 05/04/2020)

Bamboo becomes source of income for locals of Tikapur, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 21/03/2020)

Fire lines formed to protect community forest in Rautahat: Sundar Prasad Sharma, under-secretary at the Department of Forest and Soil Conservation, said that the country since 2005 has been losing some 200,000 hectares of forest area annually, by Shiva Puri (kp 08/03/2020)

Locals start returning encroached forest land in Bardiya: Many farmers in the rural municipality have converted the forest land into agricultural fields, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 29/02/2020)

Locals prevent Gorkha Municipality from dumping garbage in Hattigauda: The municipality has been using the forest area in Hattigauda as a dumping site without proper disposal system, which has led to waste pollution in the forest, say locals. by Hariram Upreti (kp 26/02/2020)

Construction of industrial area in Dudejhari forest could be disastrous for wild animals: Conservationists fear that construction of the industrial area in Dudejhari forest in Kailali district will destroy the natural biodiversity corridor used by the wildlife, by Mohan Budhaair (kp 23/02/2020)

Illegal logging worries Kanchanpur locals: Forest officials suspect smugglers are exporting timber from Bramhadev to India using the Kalla Masetti route, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 22/02/2020)

Community forest in Godawari Municipality being encroached upon, by Pushparaj Joshi (rep 21/02/2020)

Depleting rhododendron forests raise alarm: Ministry of Forests and Environment launches five-year action plan to conserve rhododendron species, by Chandra Karki (kp 19/02/2020)

Community forests in Bardiya encroached upon by squatters, local consumers: According to the Forest Act 1993, it is illegal to build infrastructures on forestland. But encroachers have been building structures in Bardiya’s forests for years now, by Kamal Pantzhi (kp 16/02/2020)

How many trees needed to make way for Nijgadh? Ministry orders fresh count to settle issue: The Environment and Social Impact Assessment report only provided an estimate, new survey will provide exact number, officials say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 07/02/2020)

Dadheldhura locals complain of “haphazard deforestation”: The District Forest Office has taken no action to control deforestation, say locals, by D.R. Pant (kp 05/02/2020)

Scientific forest management in a community forest helps locals of Shitaganga Municipality become self-employed: 270 individuals of 32 families in Bhangala have found employment in the community forest, by Birendra KC (kp 04/02/2020)

Tree felling drive courts controversy in Parbat: Kushma Municipality had decided to cut down trees, arguing that jungles had increased risks of wildlife in the settlement areas, by Agandhr Tiwari (kp 03/02/2020)

Deforestation rampant in Kailali, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 03/02/2020)

Thousands of hectares of char kose jungle land have been encroached upon in Morang over decades: In Laxmimarga alone, about 600 houses have been built on unauthorised land, according to local town management committee, by Binod Bhandari (kp 02/02/2020)

Haphazard construction of infrastructure in community forests affects ecosystem in Jhapa: Community forest committees seem to be focusing more on earning by adding artificial beauty without paying attention to the environmental aspects, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 30/01/2020)

Project developers need to plant in areas with limited forest cover while compensating felling of trees for projects: All kinds of developers need to plant 10 saplings trees against cutting down of a tree at project sites as government strives to extend forest cover at local levels with zero forest area, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/01/2020)

Construction of martyrs’ park in Surkhet resumes after disputes: Local residents are dissatisfied with the decision to build a park in the forest, by Jyoti Katuwal (kp 16/01/2020)

Members of community forest group obstruct felling trees in Butwal-Narayangadh road expansion project citing ownership issue: The federal Ministry of Forest and Environment had granted permission to cut down 46, 294 trees along the section to make it a four-lane street in November last year, by Narayan Sharma (kp 08/01/2020)

SC continues interim order halting felling of trees in Nijgadh (ht 23/12/2019)

We have too many pines and it’s not a good thing: Pine trees might have helped repopulate the country’s barren mid-hills but they could also have led to springs drying up and reduced vegetational diversity, by Tsering Ngodup Lama (kp 21/12/2019), An unwise decision to plant pine tress is parching the land: The Nepal-Australia Forestry Project did achieve its objective of increasing Nepal’s green cover, but jeopardised the people's livelihood (kp 23/12/2019)

Community forest users launch protests in Udayapur against taxes: Protesters demand the government change its policy on the forests conserved by consumers, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 17/12/2019)

27,000 trees cut during fast track construction (ht 17/12/2019)

A community forest in Bardiya attracts tourists: Every day, an average of 50 to 100 tourists arrive in the forest to catch glimpses of rhinos and tigers, by Kamal Panthi (kp 15/12/2019)

SC stays centre’s decision to bring Province 2 forest under its domain; National forest projects under provincial govt: Petitioner, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/12/2019)

Provincial government spends huge budget on tree plantation programmes but fails to bear fruit: The provincial government has plans to distribute and plant tree saplings in 12 districts of the province, except in Jhapa and Panchthar, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 10/12/2019)

Scientific forest management plan launched in Bhojpur (ht 05/12/2019)

Excessive resin extraction in Kailali forests is killing trees: According to directives, only 3kgs of resin can be extracted from mature trees but contractors are extracting more than the stated amount and that too from young trees (kp 28/11/2019)

Butaha residents initiate afforestation drive to control erosion: To expand forest cover, some locals have even donated their land to plant trees, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 28/11/2019)

E-rickshaw drivers caught smuggling firewood in Chandrapur: The number of e-rickshaws has risen dramatically, pushing its drivers to look for new income sources, by Shiva Puri (kp 27/11/2019)

Province 2 takes centre to court over Forest Act (ht 19/11/2019)

Sainamaina Municipality in Rupandehi starts patrolling forests to control illegal activities: To control smuggling of forest products and wildlife parts, the unit has imposed a ban on people entering the forests, by Amrita Anmol (kp 14/11/2019)

Forest ministry allows cutting 46,294 trees to expand Butwal-Narayangadh section: The expansion work was on hold over the issue of cutting trees, by Narayan Sharma (kp 14/11/2019)

Saplings planted in front of Nepal Army headquarters and City Office wither: Botanists say city is planting saplings on as if they are planting trees in forests that don’t need much care, by Anup Ojha (kp 13/11/2019)

FECOFUN concerned over some provisions in new Forest Act (ht 10/11/2019)

Laligurans locals object to infrastructure constructed in forests without permission: According to FECOFUN, authorities cannot construct infrastructure in forestlands owned by communities, by Chandra Karki (kp 07/11/2019)

Forest user groups distribute cooking gas cylinders, stoves to prevent logging: Forest committees have spent around Rs 500,000 to distribute gas cylinders and stoves to 100 families. The amount was managed with the income of the community forests, by Biplab Maharjan (kp 23/10/2019)

Chure deforestation goes unabated amid lack of monitoring, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 22/10/2019)

Felling trees for ‘scientific management of forest’ alarms locals, by Anil Bhandari (rep 21/10/2019)

Tree issue puts Butwal-Narayangadh road expansion on hold: A fresh assessment before project’s launch showed the number of trees to be cut at 50,352, up from 9,027, by Ghanshyam Gautam (kp 17/10/2019)

Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal protesting against government’s tax policy: The Kavre chapter of FECOFUN submitted a memorandum to federal Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada a few weeks ago to reconsider the government’s tax policy on community forests nationwide, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 06/10/2019)

Deforestation unchecked in Kalinchok area of Dolakha: Authorities concerned have failed to take any strong measures to control deforestation in various community forests, locals say, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 15/09/2019)

Tree-mendous: Community management and outmigration have helped Nepal double its forest area in 25 years, by Peter Gill (nt 13/09/2019)

Government amends forest clearance guideline: Now project developers need to plant 10 trees for cutting one (ht 08/09/2019)

Chairman, secretary of Paldevi Community Forest held on charge of illegal logging and timber smuggling: Around 100 green Saal trees amounting to 3,000 cubic feet were cut down in Paldevi Community Forest one and a half months ago, by Narayan Sharma (kp 06/09/2019)

7,500 trees felled for forest management (ht 01/09/2019)

Raksirang Rural Municipality in Makwanpur works towards conserving chiuri trees: Conservation of chiuri forests stands to benefit the environment as well as the Chepang community, by Pratap Bista (kp 26/08/2019)

Forest encroachment in the name of flood victims, by Arjun Oli (rep 25/08/2019)

New forest bill addresses community forest user groups’ concerns: House panel; Sub-divisional forest offices to be established in all the local levels, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 18/08/2019), New bill stipulates special provisions for national forest conservation (ht 21/08/2019)

Tree plantation drive launched to recover encroached forestland: Rs 2.7 million was spent to plant 22,000 trees sapling, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 15/08/2019)s (kp 15/08/2019)

Around 100 Saal trees cut down in Nawalparasi: Ward chairman and community forest representatives at large over collusion allegations, by Narayan Sharma (kp 13/08/2019)

Forest officials start tree plantation on encroached forestland: Houses and huts built in the area were demolished to plant saplings, by Sunita Baral (kp 29/07/2019)

The cost of peace in post-conflict countries: forest cover, by Dilrukshi Handunnetti (nt 19/07/2019)

Community forest users despair over heavy taxation: Locals involved in forest conservation say communities will stop looking  after forests if all three levels of government impose taxes on them, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/07/2019)

Govt decision to impose 90% tax on community forests draws flak (rep 09/07/2019)

New Forest Bill: Opportunity for transformation, by Lok Man Sapkota and Shambhu Prasad Dhangal (ht 08/07/2019)

Underground water table drops due to deforestation, by Ghanashyam Gautam, Manoj Paudel and Nabin Paudel (kp 05/07/2019)

Kailali district losing swathes of forest cover to encroachment: Flood-displaced families are settling illegally in the Chure forest area, according to officials, by Mohan Mudhaair (kp 04/07/2019)

Forest Bill is faulty and it raises questions over ownership: Experts; The bill is a reflection of how the country’s bureaucracy still functions from the centralised mindset, they say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 01/07/2019)

Government’s ambitious tree plantation drive kicks off: Minister for Forest and Environment aims to plant at least 40 millions trees by next year, but experts say focus should be on saving the saplings, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 30/06/2019)

Ratuwamai Afforestation Project calls on local units to stop forest encroachment, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 19/06/2019)

Community-managed forests reduce deforestation and poverty: Study, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 06/06/2019)

Taking back forests from community users is curtailing their rights, activists say: The new forest bill retains the controversial provision that can retract community  forest from user groups, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 28/05/2019)

Forest officials demolish illegal structures built on encroached forestland in Kapilvastu, by Manoj Paudel (kp 26/05/2019)

Wildfires affect 40 percent of Kailali’s forest cover in 10 days, by Mohan Budhaair (kp 21/05/2019)

Chure forest in Sindhuli encroached, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp 19/05/2019)

Thriving tourism in Namuna community forest benefits many local residents, by Nabin Poudel (kp 19/05/2019)

Hundreds of sal trees cut down in Chure area in the past month alone, by Madhav Aryal (kp 16/05/2019)

New bill calls for armed forest guards (ht 11/05/2019)

1,309.4 hectares of forest land encroached in Sunsari, by Amar Khadka (rep 11/05/2019)

Dadeldhura, once covered with forests, is gradually losing trees: Today, 35 percent of the Mahabharat range and 40 percent of the Chure belt have either been denuded or encroached upon in the district, by Pant (kp 10/05/2019)

Wildfires are biggest threat to tens of thousands hectares of forest cover: Some 200,000 hectares of forest area lost annually since 2005, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 30/04/2019)

Timber worth Rs 20 million being extracted from a village in Rukum, by Lokendra Khanal (rep 20/04/2019)

Timber logs worth millions seized from Chure region in the past 45 days, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 07/04/2019)

Government to plant 50m trees next fiscal year:‘Year of Plantation’ will focus on maintaing forest coverage and  sustainable management , by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/03/2019)

Law amended to ease acquisition of forest land, by Bibek Subedi (kp 12/03/2019)

Timber smuggling rife in forests of Chure Range, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 07/03/2019)

Community forests face 65% tax burden (rep 13/02/2019)

Govt initiates community-based project to conserve forests in eastern Nepal, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep 31/01/2019)

Timber smuggling rampant (ht 22/01/2019)

Tourism boom abets deforestation and encroachment in Kalinchowk, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 10/01/2019)

Who now owns Nepal’s forests? Forest area has nearly doubled in the past 40 years, raising new questions about who should manage it under Nepal’s new federal structure, by Sonia Awale (nt 04/01/2019)

Conservationists hail success of Parsa-Chitwan bio-corridor, by Shankar Acharya (kp 05/12/2018)

Kailali: Encroachers usurp over 1,400 sq km forest land, by Arjun Shah(kp 18/11/2018)

Nearly 2,000 ha of forest area encroached in Banke district (kp 29/10/2018)

Trees yet to be planted to replenish those felled (kp 28/10/2018)

Forests being encroached (ht 28/10/2018)

Nijgadh-Kathmandu Expressway: Mismanagement leaves felled trees in limbo; The logs have started decaying after it was hit  by the incessant rain  during the monsoon, by Laxmi Sah (kp 28/10/2018)

Illegal settlers grab 3,709 hectares of Forest Ministry land in Makwanpur, by Pratap Bista (kp 24/10/2018)

More than 26,000 trees felled in Udayapur over three years (ht 12/10/2018)

Nexus between officials, smugglers abetting deforestation, by Arjun Oli (rep 18/09/2018)

763,480 trees to be cut for Nijgadh airport (ht 16/09/2018), Reforestation criteria not ready yet (rep 17/09/2018)

Salleri forest ‘dying’ due to excessive resin collection, by Pushkar Bhandari (rep 15/08/2018)

Through the forest: It is now time to review and reimagine the role of forests in sustainable development, by Hemant R. Ojha (kp 13/08/2018)

Future of forests in federalism: We should follow ‘devolve but don’t dissolve’ principle while formulating community forestry policies in federal Nepal, by Ganesh Paudel and Prabin Bhusal (rep 11/08/2018)

Tree of Life: Push for growth at the expense of the environment is nothing but extreme short-sightedness, by Deepak Thapa (kp 09/08/2018)

Locals obstruct forest clearance for Upper Karnali Hydropower Project, by Govinda KC (rep 08/08/2018)

Encroachment of forest continues unabated, by Amar Khadka (rep 01/08/2018)

Illegal logging on the rise in Kailali, by Mohan Budhair (kp 27/07/2018)

Municipality aims to be free of banned pesticides, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 21/07/2018)

Forgetting forests: Our policies have failed to appreciate the fact that forests are renewable resources and they can be restored after mature trees are harvested, by Govinda Paudel (rep 19/07/2018)

Forest sub-divisions more powerful than local governments (ht 19/07/2018)

Interim order to stop chopping trees (rep 18/07/2018) [related to Pokhara]

Forest encroachment goes unabated in Ilam, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 17/07/2018)

Failing the forests: We must save trees, by Girish Pant (ht 12/07/2018)

Economics of climate change: We need to study how collective action in community-managed forests impacts measures of forest quality, by Jayash Paudel (rep 08/07/2018)

Forest land continues to shrink 'for resettlement': Flood and landslide victims who have been living in the land of community forests lament that the government does not think of permanent solution for them, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 30/06/2018)

CNP authorities helpless as forest gets encroached (ht 05/06/2018)

Study: 46,000ha of forest cover stripped between 2001 and 2016 (kp 04/06/2018)

Wildfires burn more than 500ha of forestland in Salyan (kp 24/052018)

Trees worth Rs 10m ‘illegally cut down’ in Morang forest, by Dev Narayan Sah (kp 16/05/2018)

Forests for prosperity: It is ironic that Nepal has to import timber when nearly half the area has forest cover, by Yubakdhoj GC (kp 29/04/2018)

Scientific Forest Management begins in Dolakha, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 22/04/2018)

1,500 ha forestland encroached in Jajarkot, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 22/04/2018)

Forest fires at BNP at big risk of going out of control (rep 20/04/2018)

Municipal office refuses to hand over seized timbers’ (kp 17/04/2018)

Ranger accused of colluding with smugglers (ht 16/04/2018)

Forest destroyed in road expansion drive (ht 06/04/2018)

Trees being felled rampantly in community forests (kp 29/03/2018)

Fire destroys thousands of hectares of forest, by Maheshwor Chamling Rai (rep 26/03/2018)

Wildfire destroys a dozen community forests in Dhankuta (ht 25/03/2018)

Bhangala prospers on forest wealth, by Birendra KC (kp 23/03/2018)

993ha forestland encroached in Siraha (kp 22/03/2018)

Missing forests: Proper collaboration and coordination among relevant stakeholders are a must to preserve forests and promote tree plantation, by Shankar Adhikari (rep 22/03/2018)

Forests for life: Forest restoration is more than about just planting trees, it entails restoring a whole landscape, by Ananta Ram Bhandari (kp 21/03/2018)

Forests in Morang being managed scientifically (ht 17/03/2018)

Protecting community forest from smugglers a new challenge in Nepalgunj, by Arjun Oli (rep 05/03/2018)

Illegal settlers occupy more than 25,000ha forest land in Kailali, by DR Panta (kp 13/02/2018)

Spy cams vital in park security plan: Park authority says the spy cams  have bolstered their firewall against poachers and loggers with six timber smugglers caught in the past eight months, by Shankar Acharya (kp 29/01/2018)

Politicians flout rules to build road: Under the direction of political leaders, 471 trees have been felled so far to  link Dhansar Bridge with Jungle-shaiya, by Pawan Yadav (kp 28/01/2018)

203 hectare forest land encroached upon in Jhapa: 90 hectare land has been encroached upon by organisations (ht 28/01/2018)

New nat’l forest policy to empower local govts to combat climate change (kp 22/01/2018)

6,000ha of forest encroached upon (kp 12/01/2018)

Forest encroachment rampant along Hulaki highway, by Tekendra Basyal (rep 18/12/2017)

Draft national forest policy draws flak (ht 22/11/2017)

New policy to ensure at least 10pc forest cover, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 13/11/2017)

Nepal gearing up to draft agroforestry policy: If adopted, it will be second country in the world to have such framework (kp 05/11/2017)

Ease rules relating to use of family forest products: AFFON (ht 05/10/2017)

Forests fuelling progress: Community forestry could significantly  contribute to the achievement of SDGs, by Aditya Acharya (kp 12/09/2017)

Tree plantation drive in Dhangadi (ht 06/08/2017)

IBN tells Forest Ministry to grant forest clearance (kp 03/08/2017), IBN decides to provide forest land on lease, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 03/08/2017) [???]

98 pc target met on forest conservation: Kathmandu DFO had set the target of tree plantation in 0.5 hectares of land (ht 28/07/2017) [??]

Vast swathes of forest encroached upon by ‘landless’, by DR Panta (kp 26/07/2017)

2.4m trees need to be cut down for Nijgadh airport, by Sangam Prasain (kp 25/07/2017)

Former forest encroachers now conservationists, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 18/07/2017)

Forest resource conservation stressed (kp 16/07/2017)

2,200 trees planted in Changunarayan forest (ht 16/07/2017)

23,000 saplings planted under Army’s Go Green Campaign (kp 13/07/2017)

Transfer of forest management rights protested (ht 09/07/2017)

Acquiring forest a stumbling block for Upper Karnali, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 06/07/2017), Forest clearance issue to be taken to Cabinet, by Bibek Subedi (kp 07/07/2017)

Government eases procedure for use of forest land (kp 03/06/2017), Maps of forested areas prepared (ht 03/06/2017)

Rampant deforestation threatens community forests in Kailali, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 31/05/2017)

Efforts being made to promote urban forestry (ht 22/05/2017)

Forest management: Trees marching uphill, by Krishna Babu Shrestha (ht 22/05/2017)

New guidelines on forest land clearance issued, by Bibek Subedi (kp 18/05/2017)

Community forests: Villagers hit as govt fails to renew licence, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 03/05/2017)

2,700 ha of forestland grabbed in Rautahat (kp 28/04/2017)

Forest staff linked in timber smuggling case (kp 14/04/2017)

5,000 ha of forest land encroached upon in Nawalparasi, by Narayan Sharma and Pratap Bista (kp 11/04/2017)

Only 67 groups of trained firefighters for 19,000 community forests in Nepal (ht 22/03/2017)

Nepal’s REDD+ readiness: There’s hope for a positive shift in our forestry sector funding from a grant-based to a performance-based approach, by Ananta Bhandari (kp 21/03/2017)

Harvested to extinction: Villagers become migrant workers after emptying forest of herbs, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 10/03/2017)

Forest owners demand hassle-free supply of products (rep 09/03/2017)

Govt transfers over 14k ha of nat’l forest to CFUGs, by Samipa Khanal (kp 06/03/2017)

Trees or electricity? Hydropower development is being slowed down by irrelevant environmental policies, by Hari Krishna Uprety (kp 01/03/2017) [??]

Khayar tree logging rife in Khotang VDC (kp 24/02/2017)

First national workshop on forest conservation begins (ht 20/02/2017)

Move over, men: Women should be included in decision-making roles in the management of forests, by Basundhara Bhattarai (kp 19/02/2017)

40 per cent forest ranger posts to get solar-powered lights (ht 19/02/2017)

Encroachment takes toll on forests in the West Political parties accused of protecting illegal settlers from eviction, by Amrita Anamol (kp 18/02/2017)

National silviculture workshop in the offing (ht 17/02/2017)

Pine trees vanishing from Doti forests: Smuggling rife in the district, say villagers, by Mohan Shahi (kp 29/01/2017)

Tree felling rampant in Saptari (kp 29/01/2017)

Unregular resin extraction: Jajarkot pine forests under threat, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 24/01/2017)

Govt lacks policies to promote urban forestry (kp 23/01/2017)

Timber smuggling rife at Nepal-India border in Banke (kp 14/01/2017)

Forest land registered in individuals’ names illegally in Rautahat (ht 03/01/2017)

Deforestation up in Kavre in the name of quake victims, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 01/01/2017)

311 cu ft timber seized, 2 held for investigation (kp 29/12/2016)

Dhading forest authority ‘unaware’ of illegal logging, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 24/12/2016)

6,200 ha forestland encroached upon, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 20/12/2016)

50pc timber products in market imported (ht 14/12/2016)

Saal timber smuggling rampant in Rautahat (ht 09/12/2016)

DG appointments violate group based promotion system in forestry (ht 29/11/2016)

Forest encroachment on the rise in Rautahat, by Madan Thakur (rep 19/11/2016)

DFO campaign to control timber smuggling, by Manoj Poudel (kp 16/11/2016)

Forest minister issues 29-point directive (ht 20/10/2016)

Committee set up to regulate timber import (kp 18/10/2016)

Go local: If we want to manage the landless-induced forest conflicts, we need to involve and incentivize landless communities, by Prabin Bhusal (rep 03/10/2016)

Rampant timber smuggling going unchecked, by Upendra Yadav (rep 26/09/2016)

NEA Dhading chief detained at forest office (kp 22/09/2016)

27,000 ha forest land encroached upon (kp 17/09/2016)

Neglected woodlands: Family forests have made a significant contribution to forest and nature conservation, by Jog Raj Giri and Barsha Parajuli (kp 13/09/2016)

556 hectares of forest land encroached in Salyan (kp 11/09/2016)

Illegal saw mills selling timber openly (ht 09/09/2016)

Scientific forest management: For resource utilisation, by Diwakar Sapkota (ht 08/09/2016)

Help them grow: The theory of ‘Himalayan Environmental Degradation’ that was popular duing 1970s had predicted that Nepal would lose all its forests by 2000, by Ganesh Paudel and Reeti Acharya (rep 08/09/2016)

Taskforce to collect data on forest encroachment (kp 31/08/2016)

Ease timber supply for reconstruction, says Bhandari (ht 29/08/2016)

HPV immunisation for 26,000 girls (ht 26/08/2016)

Growing interest in private forestry, by Manoj Paudel (kp 26/08/2016)

Conflict in the place of origin of community forestry (ht 26/08/2016)

Govt to celebrate four decades of conservation (kp 09/08/2016)

New DFO taking quick initiatives to combat deforestation (ht 08/08/2016)

DFO, five staffers face music for felling trees (ht 04/08/2016)

Over 80 per cent of timber imported from foreign countries (ht 20/06/2016)

Forest users make a pitch for sustainability (kp 01/06/2016)

Large volume of seized timbers rotting away, by Shiva Puri (kp 27/05/2016)

Mahendranagar grapples with rampant encroachment (kp 15/05/2016)

Fanned up flames: Nepal may be a global leader in community forestry but it has a long way to go to fight forest fires, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp 13/05/2016)

Forest staffers helping boulder smugglers (ht 12/05/2016)

Agro-forestry in Nepal Multiple benefits, by Diwakar Sapkota (kp 12/05/2016)

Dispute affects implementation of forest management programme (ht 06/05/2016)

Consumers are the ones guilty of setting jungles ablaze (ht 06/05/2016)

Forest office seeks help to evict illegal settlers, by Madhav Aryal (ht 05/05/2016)

100,000 ha forest burnt in Far West (kp 03/05/2016)

Deep roots: Though Chir pine was planted with a noble objective, little did people know about its fatal consequences, by Anustha Shrestha (kp 01/05/2016)

Fire destroys 300 ha forest in Bhaktapur (kp 27/04/2016)

Post-quake rebuilding: Local forest bodies told to supply timber (kp 27/04/2016)

Forest encroachment rampant, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 10/04/2016)

Forest authorities concerned by government’s logging decision: Forest authorities in the quake-affected districts say allowing community forest users’ groups to collect timber could lead to forest resources misuse (kp 06/04/2016)

Doti, Dadeldhura losing their pine forests to resin extraction, by DR Panta and Mohan Shahi (kp 05/03/2016)

Ministry told to simplify forest land acquisition, by Bibak Subedi (kp 04/04/2016)

Forest officials charged with timber smuggling, by Laxmi Sah (kp 03/04/2016)

Scientific forestry: Sustainable forest management in community forests is bearing its first fruits, by Pragati Shahi (kp 03/04/2016)

Forest rules for development projects may be eased, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 02/04/2016)

First wood day kicks off: Stakeholders champion for more awareness on the importance of sustainable forest management (kp 22/03/2016)

Women in the woods: Nepal has a long way to go with regard to achieving gender equality goals in forestry, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp 21/03/2016)

Doubtful prognosis: The FRA project should have verified its findings with publicly available data, by Uttam B. Shrestha and Hemant R. Ojha (kp 18/03/2016)

Over 470 forests up in flames in last one week: On an average 59 forest fires occur every day, by Arjun Poudel (rep 17/03/2016), Over 500 forest fires have broken out this year: Taplejung authorities struggling with wildfire that started last week (kp 19/03/2016)

SAARC mini summit: Nepal seeks to spread community forestry programme across SAsia, by Anil Giri and Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 16/03/2016), Nepal proposes to gift its community forest programme to SAARC countires, by Lekhanath Pandey and Bharat Koirala (ht 16/03/2016), Matter of satisfaction (ht 17/03/2016)

Conservation measures: Delimit forest boundary: DoF (kp 16/03/2016)

Encroachment rife in Jajarkot: 500 huts built in forest land, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 13/03/2016)

Seeing both forest and trees: Gains in community forestry have come in handy during post-earthquake reconstruction, by Om Astha Rai (nt 11/03/2016)

AFFON urges government to help in private forestry development (kp 08/03/2016)

Over dozen trees felled illegally in Banke National Park in a month, by Damodar Bhandari (ht 05/03/2016)

Community forests thriving in Banke, Dang and Bardiya (kp 03/03/2016)

350 ha forest land grabbed in Bardiya, by Kamal Panthi (kp 23/02/2016)

Healthy greens: Forest use in Nepal is directly linked with food and energy needs of rural residents, particularly the poor, by Jayash Paudel (rep 22/02/2016)

Tree felling in Sunsari rampant, by Bedraj Paudel (kp 21/02/2016)

Shifting donor priorities: International commitment to community forestry in Nepal has sadly fizzled out, by Ghanshyam Pandey (kp 17/02/2016)

Unabated encroachment of land in Chitwan area puts forest at risk (ht 11/02/2016)

Logs worth millions stranded in forests (ht 09/02/2016)

Smuggling of timber rampant in Rautahat (ht 07/02/2016)

Reconstruction delay endangers forests, by Arjun Poudel (rep 06/02/2016)

Forest encroached in Jhapa: Forest officers say various religious groups have con-structed temples and mon-asteries on forestland without permission (kp 27/01/2016)

Timber smuggling rampant during Tarai protest, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 19/01/2016)

Pristine pine forests in Jajarkot dying out (ht 14/01/2016)

Beyond the trees: Forests for human security should be the theme in all practices of forest governance, by Hemant Ojha and Jagannath Adhikari (kp 10/01/2016)

Fuel shortage takes toll on forests: Deforestation on rise both in Hills and the Tarai as families, businesses rely heavily on firewood, by Bedraj Paudel, Bharat Jarghamagar and Chandra Karki (kp 09/01/2016)

Timber smuggling goes unchecked, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 08/01/2016)

Call to promote private forestry for prosperity: Though the Forest Act 1993 mentions private forestry promotion, there has not been adequate legal policies and programmes (kp 07/01/2016)

Forest encroachment rampant in Jajarkot (ht 31/12/2015)

Community forests in Parbat allow locals to collect firewood, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp 27/11/2015)

Smuggling of timber on rise (kp 19/11/2015), Smuggling of timber goes unchecked in Parsa, by Shankar Acharya (kp 22/11/2015)

Firewood demand on rise (kp 18/10/2015)

Green shield: Protecting Nepal’s forests is equally, if not more, in India’s interest too, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp 16/10/2015)

Timber smuggling on the rise in Rautahat district (ht 16/10/2015)

Good governance, equity sharing key to forest management: Report (kp 15/10/2015)

FECOFUN calls for access to firewood (kp 09/10/2015)

Ensure proper energy use: Govt (kp 03/10/2015)

Forest encroachment goes unchecked in Bardiya, by Kamal Panthi (kp 25/09/2015)

Illegal logging goes up in protest-hit Tarai districts, by Pragati Shahi (kp 23/09/2015)

Permit regulation lifted on private forest timber trade: The fifth amendment of the Forest Regulation Act 1995 gives private forest owners a free rein to sell timber and non-timber products (kp 22/09/2015)

Timber smuggling on rise in Parsa, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 13/09/2015)

Govt prepares forest mgmt plan for federal setup (kp 04/09/2015)

‘Curbing smuggling of forest products poses challenge’ (ht 24/08/2015)

Dedicated panel to implement forest policy (kp 25/07/2015)

Lost in the jungle: Foreign-funded forestry programmes have led to more trees but marginalised the poor, by Chun Bahadur Gurung (kp 21/07/2015)

Collaborative forest mgmt approach scientific, say users, by Amrita Anmol (kp 19/07/2015)

Chure deforestation causes water crisis in Dadeldhura (ht 07/07/2015)

Forest products smuggling rampant in Chure range (ht 26/06/2015)

Forests face encroachment threat: Experts say natural resource is first victim during political upheavals and natural disasters, by Pragati Shahi (kp 30/05/2015)

Old trees and new saplings: Letting them live, by Sachi Mulmi (kp 24/04/2015)

Timber smuggling up in Udayapur forest (ht 20/04/2015)

Forest lands continue to shrink: Report (kp 19/04/2015)

Felling, smuggling of trees on the rise in Sunsari forest, by Pradip Menyangbo (kp 10/04/2015)

Forests and climate change: Global imperative concern, by Deepika Pandey (ht 08/04/2015)

Timber smuggling rife in Rautahat (ht 19/03/2015)

Resin extraction threatens pine forests in Far West (kp 08/03/2015)

Forest encroachment rampant in Sindhuli (ht 08/03/2015)

Green battalions: Retired army personnel, many of whom leave for work abroad, could instead be encouraged to work in reforestation projects at home, by Weena Pun (kp 07o/03/2015)

Alleged irregularities at 40 community forests (kp 06/03/2015)

Forestry users told to resolve Chure conservation issues through talks (kp 21/02/2015)

Strengthen forest tenure to enhance livelihoods: Experts (ht 14/02/2015)

Timber worth millions rotting away in Bajura (ht 13/02/2015)

Another chance: Department of Forests should demonstrate how ample construction timber can be produced through scientific forest management, by Jagadish Chandra Baral (rep 05/02/2015)

Wildfire rages in community forest (ht 22/01/2015)

DFO for turning community forests into protected forests, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 15/01/2015)

Chitwan forests see turnaround, at a cost, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep 14/01/2015)

Rampant resin extraction threatens pine forests, by Madhav Aryal (kp 10/01/2015)

Scientific Forest Management, by Ganesh Paudel (rn 09/01/2015)

Forest users drip river water from bottle to irrigate plants (kp 03/01/2015)
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