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Nepal's Community Forest Policy Nominated for International Award - Himalayan Footsteps

Nepal’s community forest policy, which they adopted in 1993, has been nominated for the international “Forest Future Policy Award 2011”. It is awarded by the World Future Council (WFC), an international policy research body. 16 policies have been nominated, three winners will receive the award in September at the UN Headquarters in New York.

“Winners will represent the most inspiring, innovative and influential forest policies … to contribute to the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations,” reads a WFC statement.

In Nepal there are more than 14,000 community forest user groups. They manage around 22 per cent of the forests in Nepal. Different organizations working as Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) have nominated Nepal for the award, among them UN Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).