A community forest in Lubhu of Lalitpur District, central Nepal, which is spread over 5.45 hectares, has no single tree in the forest instead local use the forest to graze their cattle. Similarly, more than 500 trees (worth NRS 3 million) were uprooted recklessly by the office bearers of community forest users’ groups from the 3 community forests in Dovan of Palpa District, west Nepal, for the expansion of electricity transmission lines from the Jhumsakhola Hydro Project-III. The office bearers have been arrested by the District Forest Office for their delinquency.
18, 20 April
The Himalayan Times, The Kathmandu Post