Forest Governance in Nepal: Rationale for Centralised Forest and Wildfire Management

Published date: 
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Iván Győző Somlai, John Karakatsoulis, Wendy Gardner, Ambika P Gautam, Sundar Prasad Sharma, Bharat Adhikari
Numerous inter-related social and institutional factors are causing concern as to effective
responses to the increasing number and severity of forest and wildfires in Nepal, due in
a similar measure to socio-cultural, politico-bureaucratic as well as global climatic issues.
Our binational team of multisectoral field practitioners in bureaucratic as well as natural
resource and fire management compiled and verified background information to more clearly
discern the issues affecting improved fire governance and thereupon has made supportive
recommendations for the belated establishment of a dedicated unit within the Government
of Nepal Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation to coordinate, administer and manage a
comprehensive forest fire management programme.
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