Hemant R. Ojha's book 'Reframing Governance : Understanding Deliberative Politics in Nepal's Terai Forestry' has made it to the Kathmandu Post's 'List of Bestselling Books in Kathmandu'. The book analyses Habermas's ideal of deliberative governance from the perspective of Bourdieu's theory of practice taking a case study of forest governance in Nepal Terai.
The potential of the Terai forest resource has been well cited. With a goal of realising that enormous potential, the Government of Nepal has given special attention to Terai forests with a range of policies and different scientific management regimes.
In general, the progress on CF in Terai is much slower than in hills due to the less attention of the government. Due to the policies (concept paper MoFSC, 2002, OFM, 1995) and administrative hurdle (illegal directions and circulations) of Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC), the Rights of Terai people over the forest resources have been deprived.
Against the recommendation made by the 17 members Task Force created by MFSC, the Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Mr. Kiran Gurung has decided to allow handing over the CF to the limited users in Terai and inner Madesh (Kantipur Daily, 6 October). The decision making style is similar of Ex. King Gyanendra.
Natural resources are increasingly contested for their material and symbolic values, and therefore understanding their governance and the resulting equity outcomes remains a key challenge for all concerned.
Until few decades ago, there was popular proverb that 'HARIYO BAN: NEPAL KO DHAN (Green Forest is the property of Nepal)' But, this popular saying has already been diminished. Some wrong policies, some mis-management and some improper activities combined to destroy the forest in the country, however after the implementation of Community Forestry programme, some positive results have been experienced. Once degraded forest has been recovered, the biodiversity deterioration has been reversed and distribution of forest products has been improved after CF programme implementation. Many experts about community based forestry have been produced inside country who has been serving in different countries as the experts too. At present condition, the country has acquired the name and fame for successfully pioneering the community based forestry in the world.