The day was marked globally with various celebrations. Nepal celebrated the day with the theme “Mountain Biodiversity”.
To mark the occasion, Youth Alliance for Environment (YAE), TGG partner also organized a workshop on “Urban Forestry” in the training center in forestry complex, Babar mahal. Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC), Honorable Minister, Mr. Mahesh Acharya was the Chief Guest at the program.
Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Secretary, Dr. Krishna Chandra Poudel along with Joint Secretary from Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation and Director General from line departments – Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment and more than 50 different intellects from various NGO’s/INGO’s and Civil Societies were present at the program.
Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management, Director General, Mr. Pem Kandel gave the key note presentation on the existing scenario and policy regarding “Importance of Urban Forestry in Nepal“. He identified lack of conceptual clarity and wrong practices adopted by people during constructions as the major issues in Urban Forestry. The floor was then opened for discussion. Several issues were raised such as the river clean-ups not being the ultimate solution, lack of organized greenery in the city, lack of present policies under scrutiny and questionable to support urban forestry.
Furthermore, Honorable Minister emphasized on Ecosystem Conservation and stressed on massive afforestation required in Urban Areas with a slogan and appeal to plant, “One tree in one house, one forest in one VDC and several gardens in one city”. He also invited NGO’s and Civil Societies’ to contribute in this determination and himself committed to take efforts to minimize the existing gap in between government line agencies.
Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Secretary, Dr. Krishna Chandra Poudel mentioned that the lack of coordination between different Departments as one of the key issues. He also mentioned that department of Forestry should take lead in Urban Forestry matter. He also committed to help in any context to interested organizations for improving Urban Greenery.
YAE President, Mr. Sanot Adhikari concluded the program emphasizing that the present debate should be continued in the days to come in order to draw continuous attention of the concerned departments.