The conference papers of the 12th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons "Governing shared resources: connecting local experience to global challenges" are now availabe online. IASC Conference 2008 will be held at Cheltenham, England from July 14 to July 18, 2008.
In October 2007 governments of Nepal and Finland agreed to expand the water and sanitation sector to cover the cooperation in water and sanitation, environment and forestry sectors. The new cooperation sector was labelled as "natural resources". Subsequently, an identification mission was conducted during 7 – 17 January 2008 in Kathmandu as a first step towards formulating a joint project/programme for forest sector development in Nepal.
Papers of recently concluded conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy are available online. One of the invited papers includes an article on "Citizen Participation in Forest Governance: Insights from Community Forestry in Nepal".
Abstract: The study examines the importance of community forest resources for income and employment in rural areas of Nepal by studying the effect of current forestry policy on forestland use.
In September 2007 issue of Himalayan Research Papers Archive, Krishna Lal Poudel of Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (HICAST) has prioritized 10 NTFPs out of the already prioritized 30 species by Government of Nepal and compiled information on sustainable harvesting, commercial and marketing aspects of these NTFPs.
A new study reports that community forest enterprises are being side-lined in the international forestry arena, putting forests at risk the world over.
The report entitled 'Community-based Forest Enterprises in Tropical Forest Countries: Status and Potential' concludes that the potential for growth of the CFE sector is "huge," but will require government action to provide clear rights to forest resources for community enterprises, fewer burdensome taxes, greater flexibility in the way rules are applied, rapid approval of applications submitted to relevant agencies, and an end to indirect subsidies to large-scale producers.