Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme Workshop held in city

KATHMANDU: A National Completion Workshop of the Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MSFP) successfully concluded, in Kathmandu on Thursday.

The workshop is a joint initiative of the Government of Nepal and three government partners: the governments of Finland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

At the programme attended by stakeholders of the sector and national as well as international experts, achievements of the agricultural sector in Nepal over 20 years along with the future goals were discussed.

Focuses were made on the inclusive policy process, private sector investment for job creation, livelihood improvement of women and disadvantaged groups and climate change adaptation and sustainable forest management, according to a statement jointly issued by the embassies of Finland and Switzerland and Britain's the Department for International Development (DFID) Nepal.

A landmark policy framework, Forest Sector Strategy, which was approved by the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) in 2015, had also featured in the workshop as the document had discussed development strategies for the next 10 years, according to the statement.

The 10-year MSFP had come into operation four years ago in January 2012 with a budget of Rs 4.45 billion for the initial 4-year phase, which has been deemed successful.

The initial phase of the programme will end by mid-July 2016.