Working with forest and natural resource management

More than 80% of the Nepalese population live in rural areas. The population mainly consists of subsistence farmers who depend on forests to provide fuel wood, animal fodder, supplementary food crops, construction materials, and other products for daily living. Environmental degradation and the inappropriate management of forests and natural resources is therefore a major concern in Nepal and threatens the well-being of rural communities. Nepal is further vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters, where recent records are showing increased numbers of floods, draughts, hail and heavy rain, landslides and crop diseases. Therefore, DFE works to improve the management of forest and natural resources and to promote climate adaptation and mitigation through land-use and forest related initiatives.

To build local capacity for natural resource management DFE supports establishment of private forest associations and advocacy work towards influencing national policy changes for improved family forestry. In corporation with our partners we initiate community forestry user groups and collaborative forest management along fragile watersheds. Cooperation among local communities is important as the uphill deforestation has negative consequences for the downstream communities which face problems with flashfloods, riverbank erosion and siltation on agricultural land. It is therefore important to promote and facilitate collaboration as well as involvement of the relevant government agencies to improve the current forest and land management measures.

To support the communities to adapt to climate change and advance their economic condition, DFE provides technical capacity to improve the local forest management and upgrade the local agroforestry practice on degraded land, fodder- and non-timber forest product production. A key feature of our engagement is to link the communities to markets where their products can be sold to generate income.

Working with Interactive Environmental Education

Access to quality environmental education is a key focus area for DFE in Nepal. While the numbers of children attending school has increased steadily, the quality of education in Nepal still needs to be improved. The government has recognized the importance of environmental education, but the national programs still need to be improved to provide more practical knowledge and skills to the students.

Therefore, DFE works to improve the quality of environmental education in close cooperation with the government. The activities focus on hands-on and interactive methods to teach students about their local environment in the environment and not only from books in the classroom. The students gain practical skills and knowledge that can apply in the future to solve some of the environmental problems Nepal is facing. Our longstanding work has produced practical manuals for teachers, two local curricula with text books, a policy document on how to develop local curricula, and a teacher training package in interactive environmental education. The work is being scaled up across the whole of Nepal, through the promotion of national trainings for teachers to institutionalize interactive environmental education into the official teacher training system. 

30.07.2019 - News

DFE Guide

The guide adds to the discussion about collaboration between NGOs and private sector companies

25.06.2019 - News

Danish Forestry Extension at Folkemødet, 2019

It was useful for DFE to attend Folkemødet (The People's Democratic Festival), 13th - 16th of June 2019

11.06.2019 - News

DFE launches a Guide on Strategic Partnerships

DFE and four other Danish development NGOs have published a Guide to partnerships between NGOs and the private sector