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Nepali Diasporas need different stand on global initiative for upscaling forest resource and ecological restoration

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A big campaign for upscaling forest area and ecological restoration has been initiated internationally. Nepali Diasporas are directly or indirectly inclined to promote the campaign in their home country. Whether the campaign benefits Nepal is a query and quest for people loyal to Nepal. This presentation will use descriptive data from secondary sources and explain the issue. It will demonstrate serious misuses of Nepal' land resource in the name of environmental conservation. Maps will be used to show Nepal's land resources grabbed by international agencies. The presentation will provide compelling evidence of the resources grabbed primarily for protecting economies of developed countries and recreation of western societies. This presentation will challenge the global initiatives for upscaling forest area and ecological restoration that are socially, economically, and environmentally counterproductive in Nepal's context. It will explain that the evolution of mountain farming and economies is founded on forest-farm complementary system due to mountainous geo-ecological condition. Upscaling of forestry and wilderness areas has disintegrated the linkage which harmed on agrobiodiversity and spoiled climate smart farming system. The excessive land resource uses for environmental conservation of global interests have placed many mountain communities, especially indigenous ethnic groups in the position to be physically and socioeconomically suffered and institutionally maltreated for generations unless they are displaced from their homelands. Current phenomena of arable land underutilization and abandonment in high hills is also related decreasing of supply of forest products crucial for farming and other household uses. The presentation will conclude that Nepali Diasporas need a different stand on global initiative for upscaling forest resources and ecological restoration.

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Nepali Diasporas need different stand on global initiative for upscaling forest resource and ecological restoration

A big campaign for upscaling forest area and ecological restoration has been initiated internationally. Nepali Diasporas are directly or indirectly inclined to promote the campaign in their home country. Whether the campaign benefits Nepal is a query and quest for people loyal to Nepal. This presentation will use descriptive data from secondary sources and explain the issue. It will demonstrate serious misuses of Nepal' land resource in the name of environmental conservation. Maps will be used to show Nepal's land resources grabbed by international agencies. The presentation will provide compelling evidence of the resources grabbed primarily for protecting economies of developed countries and recreation of western societies. This presentation will challenge the global initiatives for upscaling forest area and ecological restoration that are socially, economically, and environmentally counterproductive in Nepal's context. It will explain that the evolution of mountain farming and economies is founded on forest-farm complementary system due to mountainous geo-ecological condition. Upscaling of forestry and wilderness areas has disintegrated the linkage which harmed on agrobiodiversity and spoiled climate smart farming system. The excessive land resource uses for environmental conservation of global interests have placed many mountain communities, especially indigenous ethnic groups in the position to be physically and socioeconomically suffered and institutionally maltreated for generations unless they are displaced from their homelands. Current phenomena of arable land underutilization and abandonment in high hills is also related decreasing of supply of forest products crucial for farming and other household uses. The presentation will conclude that Nepali Diasporas need a different stand on global initiative for upscaling forest resources and ecological restoration.