Project title: Exploring Partnership Approach and Modality in Management of Public Land in Terai Districts of Nepal (PPL)
Name of client: Multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme
Duration: March 2014 – April 2015
Area Coverage: Terai Districts-Nawalparasi, and Rupandehi
Summary of the Project: The large scale of country’s land is still in underused, barren, pasture land (range land) and misused in the name of public usage. Though the government has not deserved any actual data of public land, various studies claim that much of its availability is centralized in the Terai region (Jamarkattel and Baral, 2008; Kunwar et al., 2008; Acharya, 2008; Deuja, 2007). The experiences from some western Terai districts demonstrate that effective management of these kinds of underutilized public land provides an important asset for communities, not only to generate forest resources and supplement forest products, but more importantly, also to reduce vulnerability and generate livelihood opportunities for the landless and the land poor (Kunwar et al., 2008). Public land management has the potentiality to contribute in realizing generation of income/livelihoods opportunities in the southern VDCs of Terai districts (Jamarkattel & Baral, 2008).
Thus, the major purpose of this project is to explore, understand, and pilot the partnership approach and modality in public land management to enhance the livelihood options of poor, disadvantaged and marginalized people through the collaborative initiation and engagement of Community Forest Users Group (CFUG), Public Land Management Group (PLMG) and Village Development Committee (VDC) for the rationale use of public land in (Nawalparasi and Rupandehi districts), Terai region of Nepal.