Youths protect Barandabhar Corridor against fire
Although fire is used as a traditional tool for clearing and managing forest and agricultural land, lately the incidence of deliberate fires has imposed a serious threat to biodiversity and ecosystems. Annually for the three hot months of the summer season the corridor faces devastating loss from forest fire. Realizing the importance of this corridor, in April 2012 the Hariyo Ban Program provided a seven-day intensive training as well as firefighting tools and equipment to twenty-five local youths to contain and control forest fire. After the training, the youths were able to control fire in sixty different places in Barandabhar this summer. While in the past most locals did not report fires, this year they have become alert through awareness campaigns initiated around Tikauli Buffer Zone Community Forest (BZCF). They now report fire occurrences to this trained firefighting group by cellphone. Furthermore, in order to make this initiative functional Tikauli BZCF has established an endowment fund of fifty thousand Nepali rupees. This is used as needed for transportation, communication and patrolling by the firefighting group.
The District Forest Office and the National Park have appreciated the work of the firefighting group and have stressed the importance of replicating this in other vulnerable areas.
For further information:
Hariyo Ban Program, WWF Nepal
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