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KLCDI regional stakeholder consultation meeting was held on July 23rd

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Posted on 29-Jul

Regional stakeholder consultation workshop of Kangchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KLCDI) was held on July 23rd, 2015 in Ilam. The objectives of the workshop was to share the progress of KLCDI and discuss the deliverables set for Pre-Implementation Phase 2015. The four deliverables were: (i) Deliverable 1: Support implementation of the Management Plan of Mai Pokhari Ramsar Site, Ilam, Nepal (2012), (ii) Deliverable 2: Develop baseline socio-economic data for promotion of niche KL products using value-chain approach, (iii) Deliverable 3: Baseline ecological information document on biological corridor and connectivity in and around Singhalila Range, Nepal, and (iv) Deliverable 4: Baseline document on human-elephant conflict, Nepal.

The workshop was attended by the major stakeholders of the KL Nepal namely the District Forest Officers, warden, chiefs of different public offices and NGOs. The chief guest of the programme was Mr. Prakash Nath Pyakurel, Regional Director of Eastern Regional Forest Directorate, Biratnagar. The special guest was Mr. Bishnu Kumar Karki, Chief District Officer, Ilam. Other guests were Local Development Officer Mr. Madan Koirala and DSP Mr. Prakash Ranabhat. Representatives from Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) and the KL Nepal expert team led by Prof. Dr. Ram P. Chaudhary also participated the workshop.

The workshop was held in two sessions; one was formal session chaired by the chief guest where Prof. Chaudhary recalled the feasibility assessment report, conservation and development strategy and implementation plan of KLCDI Nepal. The second session was more informal where point-wise discussion was conducted on each deliverable.

After the closing of the workshop the team visited Mai Pokhari Ramsar site. The informal interaction meeting was held to discuss the issues in Mai Pokhari. The team also visited Bahundangi area of Jhapa where the interaction meeting was held with the community to discuss the issues related to Human-Elephant conflict in Jhapa. 

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