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Salvaging Nepal’s Silviculture

By Dr Hemant R Ojha   Nepal is the second richest country in South Asia in terms of proportionate area of forest. However, till date forests have grossly underserved the society.  The popular narrative of ‘Hario ban, Nepal ko dhan’ has proved wrong.   Last year, a study supported by the Finish government showed that […]

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The problem of not cutting trees

By Dr Hemant R Ojha Having worked in Nepal’s forestry sector as a researcher for over two decades, I find it very frustrating that both people and the government in the country keep growing trees in forestlands without sensibly harvesting mature trees. One can see overgrown trees everywhere – from the low-lying Terai through to […]

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Looming Water Crisis!

Nepal is one of the poorest and fastest urbanizing countries in South Asia. The rapidly urbanizing cities of Himalayas are facing acute water scarcity. An urban fresh water crisis is looming in our cities, where large water infrastructures are costly to develop, maintain and sustain.  By Dr. Chandra Lal Pandey Can we create water-secure cities […]

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My water, your water

Good laws need to be made to avert possible conflicts between the states over water By – CHANDRA LAL PANDEY, As Nepal is finalizing the boundaries of the proposed federal states, we need to be thoughtful and smart to avoid the kind of water-related disputes that have been taking place in our neighboring countries Nov […]

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How the UK and India can lead the development of ecologically smart cities

 Authors :Bhaskar Vira  and Eszter Kovacs  November 8, 2016 – British Prime Minister Theresa May is visiting India on her first significant overseas visit outside the EU – and there is real interest in how it could be a harbinger of Britain’s post-Brexit future. Analysts are cautious about any major breakthroughs or significant trade deals, […]

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High and dry

Cities in the foothills of the snowy Himalaya ironically suffer from water shortages – Hemant Ojha Oct 21, 2016- While attending a conference on the environment and development in Kenya several years ago, the Kenyan organiser introduced me by saying, “We have a participant from the Asiatic Humid Climate Zone with plenty of water all around.” […]

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Local bodies in limbo

The big parties have been overriding expert panels and deciding issues on their own – KAMAL DEVKOTA, DIL KHATRI Oct 18, 2016- On September 25, with less than a month remaining for the Local Body Restructuring Commission (LBRC) to submit its first report, the three largest political parties agreed to take the existing Ilaka boundaries […]

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The Himalayan Challenge

Tackling the complexities of the risks in the Himalayas requires a critical, adaptive and interactive governance approach Albert Einstein said that the mindset responsible for creating a problem cannot find solutions to it. Similarly, we cannot use the same mindset to solve problems we are facing in the Himalayas, where society and environment are experiencing […]

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Crisis in local democracy: A tale of Kathmandu and Dhulikhel

Kathmandu is probably a centre of excellence on one aspect (if not on others) – forming and changing the government. To my knowledge, there is hardly any other city in the world which has witnessed the new Millennium with the kind of transformation Kathmandu has undergone: the demolition of two hundred year old Monarchy, the ending of […]

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Doubtful Prognosis

The FRA project should have verified its findings with publicly available data Hemant R Ojha and Uttam Babu Shrestha Mar 18, 2016- Recently the news about the increase in Nepal’s forest cover circulated widely, as did the scepticism about the report that stated it. According to the Forest Resource Assessment (FRA) report, supported by Finland […]

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Gujarat in the making

Moksheda Thapa Recently, Prime Minister KP Oli left for Bhuj in the Indian state of Gujarat to catch up on the reconstruction following the devastating earthquake that hit the area in 2001. There, he could have seen that the post-quake reconstruction is not only about making things as they were before but also a phase […]

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Looking at Chure

Hemant Ojha and Jagannath Adhikari  Mar 3, 2016- The degradation of the Chure region has become a critical environmental challenge in Nepal, with downstream consequences across the Tarai and even in parts of North India. Land degradation is a widespread problem in the Tarai due to the rapid expansion of riverbeds and siltation of farmland, […]

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Women at work

Basundhara Bhattarai Mar 1, 2016- A couple of months ago, I watched a speech of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who expressed dissatisfaction over the highly imbalanced representation of women in government services. “We cannot manoeuvre the rule of bureaucracy to increase the number of women in senior posts overnight. Although I am very supportive […]

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Accountability Disaster

Accountability disaster In a country ruled by unaccountable politics, much of earthquake damage is not the result of a natural force. Hemant Raj Ojha  and Krishna K. Shrestha Nine months ago when two massive earthquakes struck Nepal causing 9,000 deaths, the infighting that had been going on for seven years among this new republic’s politicians […]

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Contested Chure

By Hemant Ojha and Sindhu Prasad Dhungana During former President Ram Baran Yadav’s tenure, a special President Chure Programme was launched in 2010/11. This was followed by a full-fledged Chure Tarai Madhes Conservation Directive issued by the government in 2014. These efforts have undoubtedly demonstrated the state’s response to a major environmental concern, but at […]

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बायोचार एक विकल्प

ङमिन्द्र दाहाल देशमा आपूर्ति व्यवस्थामा आएको अवरोधसँगै ऊर्जा संकट सबैभन्दा अग्रपंक्तिमा देखापरेको छ । विगतमा परनिर्भरतालाई प्राथमिकतामा राख्दा देशले अहिलेको भयावह अवस्था भोग्नुपरेको हो भन्नेमा कसैको विमति नरहन सक्छ । सतहमा देखिएको संकटको पहिलो स्थान ऊर्जाले लिए पनि आगामी दिन खाद्य सुरक्षाका कारण झनै ठूलो संकट पैदा हुनेछ । त्यतिखेर तताउने इन्धनभन्दा पकाउने वस्तुको अभावमा झनै समस्या झेल्नुपर्नेछ । […]

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Beyond the trees

By Hemant Ojha, Jagannath Adhikari The year 2015 was terrible for Nepal. First, there was an earthquake; and before people had a chance to recover from the shock, there was an unofficial blockade by India which cut off the supply of essential goods. Every crisis is a source of inspiration too, and the two consecutive […]

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Face the Future

By Dr Hemant R Ojha and Krishna K. Shrestha The movement led by the Madhesis in the Tarai has crossed 100 days, and more than 50 people have already been killed in the protests. Yet, there is no amicable solution in sight. An increasing number of people are, for right reasons, deeply disappointed with the […]

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Time to rethink community based approach to resource management

By Dr Hemant R Ojha The evolution of cross-scale regime Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region have developed strategies for community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) to achieve the twin goals of environmental conservation and better livelihoods. But underlying these policies is a wrong assumption that CBNRM is purely a local practice – such that it […]

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