Community forestry and community development in Nepal

Binod Devkota, Richard Thwaites, Digby Race

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the value of Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs) as key local institutions for community development in rural Nepal. The implementation of community forestry (CF) is a valuable development process for building the economic opportunities as well as the natural, social and human capital within a community and creating positive change. In general terms, CF provides livelihood opportunities for members of CFUGs by enhancing their personal capacity, supporting income generation and providing funds to support a range of community-oriented activities. Our analysis of three case studies indicates that CF can lead to community development via increasing knowledge and skills, increasing participation in decision-making processes and strengthening social networks. While CFUGs are useful institutions for managing community development and forest governance, achieving equity in committee membership, decision-making and capacity building remain challenging. More equitable distribution of CFUG funds and selection of high-priority projects may not occur until poorer members of village communities are more actively engaged in decision-making processes and development opportunities of CFUGs. Thus, careful consideration of the composition and dynamics of CFUGs are needed if CF is to make a stronger contribution to community development in rural Nepal.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Forestry in Nepal
Subtitle of host publicationAdapting to a Changing World
EditorsRichard Thwaites, Robert Fisher, Mohan Poudel
Place of PublicationOxon, UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter5
Pages82-107
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781315445168
ISBN (Print)9781138214620
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Devkota, B., Thwaites, R., & Race, D. (2018). Community forestry and community development in Nepal. In R. Thwaites, R. Fisher, & M. Poudel (Eds.), Community Forestry in Nepal: Adapting to a Changing World (pp. 82-107). Oxon, UK: Taylor & Francis.
Devkota, Binod ; Thwaites, Richard ; Race, Digby. / Community forestry and community development in Nepal. Community Forestry in Nepal: Adapting to a Changing World. editor / Richard Thwaites ; Robert Fisher ; Mohan Poudel. Oxon, UK : Taylor & Francis, 2018. pp. 82-107
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Devkota, B, Thwaites, R & Race, D 2018, Community forestry and community development in Nepal. in R Thwaites, R Fisher & M Poudel (eds), Community Forestry in Nepal: Adapting to a Changing World. Taylor & Francis, Oxon, UK, pp. 82-107.

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Community Forestry in Nepal: Adapting to a Changing World. ed. / Richard Thwaites; Robert Fisher; Mohan Poudel. Oxon, UK : Taylor & Francis, 2018. p. 82-107.

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Devkota B, Thwaites R, Race D. Community forestry and community development in Nepal. In Thwaites R, Fisher R, Poudel M, editors, Community Forestry in Nepal: Adapting to a Changing World. Oxon, UK: Taylor & Francis. 2018. p. 82-107