Sustainable Management of Dhanushadham Protected Forest

Collaborating with various local and national partners, Mithila Wildlife Trust helped the Dhanushadham Forest become named as a Protected Forest on 2069/11/14 B.S.


Future of the Forest


Sustainable Impact Zone Management


Management Recognition


Community Integration


Ongoing Conservation

  1. Future of the Forest

We have made progress, however we have future plans to further restore and develop the DPF.

In continuing to manage the forest, MWT will continue to collaborate with local partners on the following projects:

  • DPF Bio-Diversity Hotspot
  • Dhanush Biological Unit
  • Dhanush Community Garden and Picnic area
  • Creating eco-friendly wildlife corridors in South Nepal
  • Crocodile sanctuary
  • Enclosed wildlife sanctuary
  • DPF volunteer program
  • Park status and recognition

Plans for the DPF Biological Unit are currently underway in our local approval process.

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  1. Sustainable Impact Zone Management

While the ecological footprint of the Dhanushadham Protected Forest (DPF) is relatively small in comparison to other National Parks in Nepal, the impact of the forest is large.

The forest continues to be a safe haven for the wildlife residents of the forest, as well as migratory mammals and birds.

MWT, and our partners, work to manage intersecting ecological zones to minimize the impact to our environment and wildlife.


  1. Management Recognition

The Dhanushadham Protected Forest has achieved national recognition for the conservation work done here.

    • Dhanushadham Protected Forest was declared as an Illegal Tree Felling and Open Grazing Zone on 2070/02/17 B.S.
    • DPF Management Plan was approved by the Government of Nepal on 2070/07/05 B.S.

These two achievements are significant to the conservation movement within Nepal.

  1. Community Integration

It is important the local community understands and appreciates the value of the DPF as it relates to environmental and wildlife conservation.

Prior to the designation as a “Protected Forest”, over 100 community consultations took place, and regular meetings, locally and across the country, continue. This has created a deep respect and appreciation of the conservation efforts of the forest and its wildlife.

The community now works together, in partnership with MWT, the DoF, and the DPF Council, to ensure the sustainability of our conservation efforts.

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  1. Ongoing Conservation

Prior to the conservation efforts of MWT and our partners, the Dhanushadham Forest was disappearing at an unsustainable pace.

Today, we are proud of what we have accomplished to date, however know there is more work yet to be done. Our continuing projects for the DPF include:

  • Tree plantation and facilitated foliage regrowth
  • Snake and turtle sanctuaries
  • Ring road construction and private land contribution management
  • Dhanush Reservoir restoration and boating
  • Wildlife rehabilitation and release
  • Wildlife habitat management
  • Tree nursery
  • Community consultations
  • Environmental education and awareness programmes
  • And more!

Read more about the DPF and how our efforts are already making a big difference (Before and After).

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