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Forest resource mobilization for sustainable livelihood: a community approach to local governance in Nepal Sateesh Kumar Ojha and Dwarika Upreti

  • Page:128-138
  • 2017-11-03

Social debates in forest resource management demands understanding of the complexsocio-economic needs of socio-culturally and linguistically diverse community in Nepal today. Academicians and practitioners have been addressing the theories of managing forest resources and community participation with the aim of sustainable livelihood. The main purpose of the paper is to present community forest management and local governance strategies for livelihood empowerment based on community forest user group model. Global evidence and research findings have shown that all the community forests are at risk, and vulnerable environment in hills, rural areas and in plain regions and livelihood has been felt in risk. The attitude of people was found more positive towards the behavior of changing livelihood pattern in weak physical environment. Innovative ways of promoting local governance along with the natural resource management for securing and enhancing livelihood has been felt effective. Integrated Natural Resource Management provided new paradigms for development approaches in rural setting.


Keywords: sustainable livelihood, community forest, non-timber forest products, cooperative
management

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