Government of Nepal endorse Sacred Himalayan Landscape Interim Implementation Plan
In order to translate the SHL Broad Strategy’s vision and goals into action, MoFSC decided to develop Sacred Himalayan Landscape Interim Implementation Plan (SHL-IIP). The SHL-IIP/N (2010-2014) will be implemented in 18 SHL districts of Eastern and Central Development Region’s of Nepal. Several key international and national development and conservation partners will be involved while implementing this plan.
The Chief Guest of the event Honourable Minister, Deepak Bohara launched the recently approved SHL II Plan of Nepal by unpacking the wrapped copy of it amidst the special ceremony.
Speaking at the launching program, Honourable Minister of Forest and Soil Conservation, Deepak Bohora said, at a time when most of the Government's conservation efforts are concentrated around the lower belt of Nepal, I am extremely happy to see some focus drawn towards mountain landscape conservation through this plan. Thus I am hopeful that this implementation plan would help in effective management of biodiversity hotspots, high alpine meadow, forest, culturally rich sacred sites and high wetlands of SHL.
SHL-IIP consists of three major parts: Logical Framework, Partnership Plan and Business Plan. Implementation and monitoring mechanisms are also included as important components in SHL-IIP.
Six important thematic areas such as Biodiversity and Habitat Management, Fresh Water Resources, Sustainable Livelihoods, Cultural Heritage Protection, Climate Change and Enabling Environment are captured in the logical framework. Outputs and activity level indicators together with four-year interim targets are reflected in the log frame.
This is an elaboration of the SHL strategic plan (2006-2016) for effective partnership and implementation, expressed Mr Yubaraj Bhusal Secretary, MoFSC. Even though SHL has uniquely rich and sacred cultural sites and is a home to charismatic species like snow leopard, musk deer and red panda and high value Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), impacts of climate change in this area is very adverse. I believe this plan will reiterate the commitment of Ministry to achieve landscape conservation goals and livelihoods of the poor and marginalized people living in this landscape, Mr Bhusal added.
This plan has been developed through a wide consultative process by involving key stakeholders from the grass root to central level. A core team was formed in the MoFSC to develop and expedite the preparation of SHL-IIP. The core team consisted of representatives from several key international and national development and conservation partners like WWF Nepal, ICIMOD, IUCN, TMI, SNV, and UNDP and was led by the Chief of Planning and Human Resource Division of MoFSC.
Chief of Planning and Human Resource division of Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Dr. Annapurna Nand Das, said Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation is very committed to coordinate with the other government ministries, departments and other conservation organizations to achieve the goals envisaged by the plan
Roshan Sherchan, SHL Manager, WWF Nepal presented some key achievements such as Kanchanjunga Conservation Area successfully managed by local institution and piloting of climate change adaptation works in 8 sites across SHL. Mr. Sherchan also highlighted an opportunities this landscape offers for existing and prospective institutions/ organisations.