Community forest users negligent of wildfire to be denied incentives

File: A forest in Rautahat, southern Nepal
File: A forest in Rautahat, southern Nepal

Kanchanpur, April 3

Shuklaphanta Municipality has planned to stop incentives to the community forest users who have failed to enforce the forest fire control plan.

The ward no 8 office of the municipality decided this effect. The office informed that such a decision was taken to make community forest users committees accountable for minimising wildfires by implementing the work plan on fire control.

“It will be devastative if the forest fire is ignored in the dry season,” ward chair Bahadur Singh Mahara said, “Ignorance of office bearers of community forest has a huge cost on wildlife. Even the trees worth millions of rupees perish in no time with forest fire.”

The Chure region and national forest in its vicinity suffer a huge loss of biodiversity every year due to the fire.

The Ward chair informed that the user committees of Sundevi community forest, Bhagawati community forest, Baijanath community forest, Kalika community forest, Pragati community forest and Baijanath religious forest were made alert for forest fire. They are also asked to prepare a forest fire control plan and implement it effectively.

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