Community Forestry (CF) is one of the priority programs. Bilateral donors are also involved in the development of Community Forestry Program. About 35percent of the total development budget is allocated to MFSC is spent on Community Forestry Program. About 60 percent of the total development budget of the CF program is funded through foreign assistance. The major donors are DFID, SDC, Aus AID, USAID, and GTZ.
Handing over of accessible forest areas as Community Forests to the Forest User Groups for management and utilization of forest resources.
About 1.45 million households or 35 percent of the population of Nepal is involved in community forestry management program. To date, 19,361 Community Forestry User Groups (CFUGs) have been formed of which are composed of 1072 women only committee members. A total of 18,13,478 hectares of National forest have been handed over as community forests and 24,61,549 households have benefited.
In the mid-hills of Nepal, community forestry programs have played an important role in improving forest condition by adopting better forest protection and management measures.
Impacts of Community Forests
- Restored degraded forest land
- Resumed greenery
- Increased Bio-diversity
- Increased supply of forest products
- Empowered women, poor and the disadvantaged group
- Promoted income generation and community development activities
- Improved Livelihood