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Ananta Bhandari

The author is a Forest Program Lead at WWF-Nepal

Restoring forest requires local action

Published On: March 21, 2021 10:20 AM NPT By: Ananta Bhandari

Forests are heavily exploited in Nepal’s Terai region with growing fragmentation of the contiguous expanse of forests in the region. Following the eradication of malaria in the 1960s, large scale migration from the hills to the low-lying region of Terai due to its fertile plains and accessibility has resulted in declining forest cover. For instance, deforestation rates stood at 1.3% per annum between 1979 and 1991. Rapid forest loss and fragmentation has consequently forced megafauna; including tigers, to live in isolated patches and led to declining populations.

Undervalued forests

Published On: March 21, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Ananta Bhandari

Despite all the value our forests hold, the economic contribution they provide are not being reflected as they should be