Forest Minister to discourage imported timber in Nepal

Minister for Forest and Environment Pradip Yadav has committed to making country self-reliant in the timber and wood products while working to enhance production of timber through the sustainable management of the forests.

At a programme organised by the Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN) on “Good-Governance and Prosperity, Enterprise and Entrepreneur in Community Forest” on the occasion of the Community Forestry Day on Tuesday, Minister Yadav said import of foreign timber would be discouraged in Nepal. He said that the activities carried out by the community forests have contributed to conservation of watershed areas, wild animals’ habitat, bio-diversity while controlling soil-erosion.

Minister Yadav also shared that livelihood of poor and underprivileged community has uplifted due to community forest while adding that other communities have been brought in the mainstream of the society. He opined that the demands and necessities of forest produces for the traditional users of forest including Madhesi, Dalits, indigenous nationalities and Muslims should be fulfilled with the priorities adding that currently they are deprived of forest areas due to many reasons. Minister Yadav also underscored the need for further efforts to meet the demand for timber, firewood and other forest products to the users in Tarai Madhes area.

On the occasion, Minister Yadav termed Nepal’s community forestry programme as a model in the world while pledging to implement it in a centralized, autonomous and effective manner.

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