Dhanushadham Protected Forest is being declared as Illicit Felling and Grazing Free Zone on 30th May , 2016 by the respected Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation.
The interaction and awareness programmes, a strong co-operation from local community, a great leadership of Sh. Shankar Narayan Jha , AFO, Department of Forest, Dhanusha and a continuous and tireless support of Mithila Wildlife Trust made it possible for the forest to achieve it. It is necessary to mention here that total financial expenses for this achievement is Rs.1,500/- (Rupees One Thousand and Five Hundred Only), that too from external sources not the Government/NGO/INGO’s Budget.
Together, Dhanushadham Protected Forest Council (DPF Council) and Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT) started conservation awareness programmes in July-2013. Over 100 interaction and awareness programmes were organized jointly in all the wards of Dhanushadham Municipality, Dhanusha.
The forest is surrounded by 8,627 household and total of 45,008 population. With this announcement, DPF has become the first forest in the nation to be both Illicit Felling and Grazing Free forest at a time, without temporary or permanent boundary or any type of fencing.
The announcement was made by chief guest Shree Uday Chandra Thakur (Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation). Programme was chaired by Sh. Jagdish Yadav, President, DPF Council and special guests were Dr. Annapurna Lal Das, Member Secretary, President Chure Tarai Madhesh Sanrakshan Vikash Samiti, Sh. Gaurishankar Timla (DG, Department of Forest), Sh. Jivachh Sah (Personal Secretary, President of Nepal), Sh. Yadubansh Jha (Ex-Minister, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation), Sh. Ram Kumar Sharma (President, Greater Janakpur Area Development Council), Sh. Braj Kishor Yadav (Ex-DG, Department of Forest), Dr. Akhileshwar Lal Karna (RD, Central Forest Directorate), Sh. Dilip Kumar Chapagai, CDO, Dhanusha), Sh. Suresh Vikram Sah (SSP, Janakpur), Sh. Santosh Mani Nepal (Chief, WWF Nepal), Sh. Raj Kishor Sah (Nimit LDO, Dhanusha), Sh. Raj Kishor Yadav (President, Videh Mithila Tourism Development Board), Sh. Dev Narayan Mandal (Chairman, Mithila Wildlife Trust).
Presence of DFCC members, Media Personals, Nepal Army, APF, line agencies, DFO, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Siraha, Sarlahi, Sindhuli and Chitwan, around 400 local buddies made the programme a historical event for the nation.
It was an inexpressible moment to receive Certificate of Appreciation by the respected Secretary, MoFSC. Both Sh. Dev Narayan Mandal (Chairman, MWT) personally and also MWT officially was awarded along with several supporters of the forest.
Thanks to the residence of Dhanushadham municipality, APF and Nepal Police to support us achieve this goal. We hope that this achievement will support us a lot in development of DPF as a Biological Unit in near future.
Special thanks to Suresh Sharma sir (AFO, DoF, Dhanusha), all DoF, Dhanusha staff and DPF Council Members. This historical achievement was impossible without your unconditional and continuous support.
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