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COMMUNITY INTERACTION PROGRAMME STARTED IN BUFFER ZONE OF DHANUSHADHAM PROTECTED FOREST

AFO Shankar Narayan Jha explaining the programmes of current financial year

AFO Shankar Narayan Jha explaining the programmes of current financial year

Department of Forest, Dhanusha and Mithila Wildlife Trust, Nepal together started Community Interaction Programme in buffer zone of Dhanushadham Protected Forest. The Programme has been started from Dharampur village and will be end at Nausay village.

Participants of Community Interaction Programme

Participants of Community Interaction Programme

The programme is divided in 4 parts as under;

  1. Community share their feedback on the programmes operated in last financial year and their expectation in current financial year.
  2. Dhanushadham Protected Forest Council explains the programmes and budget for current financial year.
  3. Mithila Wildlife Trust explains the status of wild animals of the forest, expectations from community to protect them and methods to minimize human-wildlife conflict in the buffer zone.
  4. All the participants including council members and MWT members roam inside forest for 1 hour to see the changes inside forest after One year of conservation.
Participants of Interaction Programme inside DPF

Participants of Interaction Programme inside DPF

Two programmes have been completed so far. All the valuable feedback and suggestions from community have been noted, so that, we can include them in future.

Commitments of continuous support from local community really encourage us in conservation and development of the forest.

THE CRAZE OF PRIVATE PLANTATION in DHANUSHA, NEPAL

Free Plant Distribution Programme at DPF

Free Plant Distribution Programme at DPF

Around 2,200 people collected sapling for free from DPF Nursery this year. The free plant distribution programme started on 26.07.2014 ended on 18.08.2014, continued for 22 days. Six staff from DoF, Two from DPF Council and Two from Mithila Wildlife Trust was busy in distribution of the sapling and Two Lakh and Fifteen Thousand sapling were distributed during the period.

People Waiting in queue to collect Sapling from DPF Nursery (1)

People Waiting in queue to collect Sapling from DPF Nursery

This is the condition of a single nursery, where DoF, Dhanusha is having more than 10 Nursery including One in District Office. The craze of private plantation in Dhanusha district can be assumed from the situation as no plant remains in any of the nursery. DoF, Dhanusha has planned to expand the programmes in other places of the district.

People Waiting in queue to collect Sapling from DPF Nursery

People Waiting in queue to collect Sapling from DPF Nursery

The changing trend in Dhanushadham municipality is quite positive and should be appreciated as the populations diverted to private plantation were depending on DPF to fulfill their need of firewood and timber products, which is impossible for a small patch of the forest. As per the records, 8,603 households are there in Dhanushadham where only 18,816 Nos. of trees are remaining in the forest. So, it is confirmed that substitute is required instead of depending on the existing forest.

Person collecting Sapling from DPF Nursery

Person collecting Sapling from DPF Nursery

This is the one of the examples, which made to think DoF and MWT to protect this forest. The existence of the forest was in danger, but fortunately the regular interaction and awareness programmes of both DoF and MWT have solved the problems.

Government of Nepal should encourage more private plantation throughout country, so that, the forest can be secured without any conflict with local community. We have experienced that community participation works best for such conservation.

OUTCOME OF CONTINUOUS INTERACTION PROGRAMMES

MWT and DoF has been arranging community interaction programmes in each and every adjoining villages of Dhanushadham Protected Forest since last 3 months.

Interaction Programme in Kisanpur

Interaction Programme in Kisanpur

Interaction Programme in Tejnagar

Interaction Programme in Tejnagar
Interaction Programme in Nausay

Interaction Programme in Nausay

DoF and MWT feels that these programmes have been resulting very well for the protection of the forest. Major agendas of the programmes were:

1. Prohibited zone for carrying arms & instruments in DPF,

2. Grazing in barren area instead of core zone of DPF and to find substitute instead of depending on this diminishing forest,

3. Complete restrictions of illegal tree logging inside DPF,

4. Restrictions in community made fire inside DPF,

5. Land encroachment etc.

Animals grazing outside core zone in DPF

Animals grazing outside core zone in DPF

We are glad to see the positive results of interaction programmes inside DPF.

Illegal tree logging has been completely stopped, grazing has been done outside core zone, depletion in the number of grazing animals, no firing in last 2 and Half month, the greenery inside forest and returning of blue bulls.

Restoration of Greenery in DPF

Restoration of Greenery in DPF

The results of our continuous struggle since the appointment of Mr. Shankar Narayan Jha as Assistant Forest Officer at Dhanushadham Range Forest Office can be seen and felt by any of the person. It is an example of successful awareness programmes.

We have decided to continue such interaction programmes in each and every month in entire Buffer Zone of the forest.

NCELL TO PLANT 48,000 TREE IN DPF

Following the agreement with The Government of Nepal, Ncell (a Telecom company of Nepal) has decided to plant around 48,000 Nos. of new plants in 31 Hectare land inside Dhanushadham Protected Forest.

MWT assisting Ncell team & DoF for survey of plantation area.

MWT assisting Ncell team & DoF for survey of plantation area.

 

MWT assisting Ncell team & DoF for survey of plantation area.

MWT assisting Ncell team & DoF for survey of plantation area.

It is necessary to mention that out of 360 Hectare of forest land, 114 Hectare is barren area. This plantation is a great support to restore the diminishing forest.

MWT Chairman along with Ncell Core team for sighting of Blue Bull in DPF

MWT Chairman along with Ncell Core team for sighting of Blue Bull in DPF

After survey, MWT chairman along with the Ncell Core staff went  for sighting of Blue Bull which is the main attraction of the forest. Ncell staff were quite happy to sight the blue bull which was unexpected for them in this diminishing patch of the forest.

MWT and DoF is thankful to Ncell.

INTERACTION PROGRAMS OF MWT & FD CREATES THE IMPORTANCE OF DPF AND ENVIRONMENT AMONG LOCAL COMMUNITY.

Interaction Program with local communities for the conservation of DPF in all the twelve residential wards of Buffer Zone was started and in last two days we have covered two residential wards of  twelve; Dharampur and Mangalpur. Inaugural Interaction program was held at Dharampur and all the residential were showing an complete positive attitude for the protection and development of DPF and Dhanusham. Function was inaugurated by DPF Forest Ranger Mr. Shankar Narayan Jha with his valuable words. Presided by Mr. Devnarayan Mandal, Chairman-MWT, in the presence of MWT team  Mr Mavish Herp & Head- Wildlife Research, Mrs. Lintumol P.K- Scientific Officer, Mr. Suvin- Biologist, Mr Santhosh and Mukesh- Social mobilisers, guards of FD and villagers. As we are getting a positive result from all the residential wards , DPF was abandon because of lack of awareness and initiation program. Now as MWT and FD initiated all the programs for the protection of DPF, we can hope a better future for this dying youngest Protected Forest of Nepal.

Interaction Program at Dharampur- MWT Chairman explaining the importance of DPF and Environment

Interaction Program at Dharampur- MWT Chairman explaining the importance of DPF and Environment

Interaction Program at Mangalpur.

Interaction Program at Mangalpur.

DPF Forest RangerMr.Shankar Narayan Jah sharing his words with resident for the conservation of DPF.

DPF Forest RangerMr.Shankar Narayan Jah sharing his words with resident for the conservation of DPF.