KATHMANDU, Feb 8: Former President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has expressed concerns over environmental degradation caused by deforestation.

Deforestation rampant in Kailali

February 3, 2020 08:40 am

DHANGADI, Feb 3: Some 30 trees of 'Saal' species were found cut down in a national forest near Sanupal area a few weeks ago. The locals reported it to the District Forest Office but very little has been done to punish those involved in the illegal act.

More than a fistful

December 21, 2019 09:12 am

The media is currently hot with the Nijgadh debate. The location for a new “green forest” airport, commonly understood as the “second” international or even as “prime” international airport, is in every media, print or visual. Not being able to do much in terms of visible development beyond lip talks, the government seems to be in a desperate mood to push some new high sounding projects for a change. Disappointed several times by mirage like “Melamchi”, people are not likely to believe in verbal commitments any longer. The gulf of distrust has widened so much that common idiom like “a pinch of salt” is no longer appropriate while “more than a fistful” would still not be as symbolic.

Rumor and reality

December 12, 2019 09:50 am

Many people have misconception that deforestation will begin right after the Ministry approves the proposal for airport construction. It does not work that way

A case for Nijgadh airport

December 9, 2019 10:18 am

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to halt the construction work on the proposed Nijgadh airport in Bara district. The court has summoned the writ petitioners and government representatives on December 15 to discuss the issue.

KATHMANDU, Nov 8: After decade-long preparations, Nepal is set to sign a deal next month with World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) unlocking potentials to attract up to US$ 45 million until 2025. The Emissions Reduction Payment Agreement (ERPA) will help the government, communities, and stakeholders to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.

Infographics: Amazon rainforest fires

August 25, 2019 00:05 am

There have been more than 72,800 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region -- an 80% increase compared with the same period last year -- according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

BRASILIA, August 17: Brazil’s backsliding on Amazon conservation under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and a likely Peronist return to power in Argentina could delay or even derail ratification of an EU-Mercosur trade agreement that took two decades to negotiate.

SAO PAULO, Aug 4:  Ricardo Galvao, the sacked head of Brazil’s space research agency, said on Saturday the trend of sharply rising deforestation was undeniable, a day after he was fired following a public spat with President Jair Bolsonaro over data published by the agency.

LONDON, July 16: Most big companies are failing to report the damage their operations are doing to forests despite committing to lighten their footprint under wider efforts to tackle climate change, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Kathmandu, June 23: The government has aimed at developing forest as people's common property. The government has adopted the policy of combating deforestation and human encroachment upon forests, prepared plans and managed budget for utilizing forest as a major basis of pursuing economic prosperity.

Community forests face 65% tax burden

February 13, 2019 08:00 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: The community forestry program in Nepal helped significantly increase Nepal’s forest cover which was steadily declining due to deforestation, encroachment and haphazard cutting down of trees back in the early 1990s.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: The community forestry program in Nepal helped significantly increase Nepal's forest cover which was steadily declining due to deforestation, encroachment and haphazard cutting down of trees back in the early 1990s.

FEB 11: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

February 11, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

DOLAKHA, Jan 10: Kalinchowk of Dolakha district has been facing rampant deforestation and encroachment of public land as a result of tourism boom.

SURKHET, Nov 24: About a month ago, locals of Barahatal Rural Municipality-4 in Surkhet had informed concerned stakeholders about rampant deforestation and timber smuggling in forest areas. Pagma Area Forest Office and Bheri Divisional Forest Office among other offices were informed about the misdeeds. Yet, none of the offices deployed their teams to investigate.

LAHAN, Nov 1: During the last local and provincial elections, one of the promises that almost all political parties and leaders made was prioritizing the conservation of nature and wildlife, especially the Chure range. They stated that the Chure range ecosystem had been badly damaged and vowed to take measures to put an end to activities that were deteriorating the ecosystem further. Deforestation and mining of aggregates, sand and stones from river beds and mountains in the Chure region were put forward as the major factors damaging the range’s ecosystem and politicians had pledged to put an end to such activities.

DHANUSHA, Oct 30: Former President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has said the government at all three levels should take the issue of Chure deforestation seriously since it is a national problem.

TIKAPUR, Oct 10: Collection of aggregates from river and deforestation has not ended even after the government banned it in the Chure region. Locals have been constantly reporting and protest against such activities in the region. Against the government’s directives and local’s protest, local governments are fueling such activities by providing permission.

NEPALGUNJ, Sept 18: Locals allege that there has been massive deforestation in the Kohalpur area due to the nexus between timber smugglers and forest department officials.

Time is running out for the tropics: Extinction of hundreds of species due to deforestation, over-fishing and climate change is 'imminent' unless we act NOW, new research warns.

BAJHANG, July 19: With the rise in smuggling of woods, locals of Kedarsiu Rural Municipality-6, Jasuda have started fearing landslides and displacement.

TIKAPUR, May 30: Some years ago, Prabhunarayan Chaudhari would not dare to walk alone through the dense jungle near Tikapur. Rampant deforestation in the recent years has helped him overcome his fear. “Now I have a new fear in my heart. I fear if the present trees will be around in the next few years,” he said.

MORANG, Dec 29: As the random construction of concrete graves in various locations across the dense forest in the eastern part of the country continues unabated, the forests in Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari districts have remained under the threat of deforestation.