The best practices of Nepal’s community forestry management have been discussed at the chief secretarial-level meeting of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.
The meeting recognized the community forestry management programmes implemented in Nepal for their contribution to the protection of greenery, capacity building of the rural people and reduction of poverty. Talking to RSS upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport after attending the meeting, Chief Secretary Leelamani Poudyal Tuesday, said good practices adopted in the world for administrative reform, successful community forest programmes in Nepal, rehabilitation programmes launched in Sri Lanka for post-conflict management, and public service with the help of information were the agendas of discussions.
The meeting was held in Bangladesh from April 24 to 29 and he returned home Tuesday. The second meeting of SAARC Chief Secretaries took place after a long gap. The first meeting was held in New Delhi, India in 2009.
The meeting agreed to meet regularly. The third meeting will be held in Pakistan in 2015 and the fourth will be in Nepal in 2016, according to Chief Secretary Poudyal. A 12-minute video of Bagmati cleaning campaign was also screened in the meeting and it was praised by the meeting attendants, it is learnt.