Project duration: February 1991 – June 1995.

The USAID/Nepal had  provided a grant assistance of US $ 4.0 million to implement the Forestry Development programme in various districts of Nepal based on the recommendations of Forestry Master Plan Project.

The major components include Institutional capacity building, Strengthening the forestry management sector, Improvement of Forestry Laws, Planning,  Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Institutional and policy issues are a key constraint to increasing the effectiveness and sustainability of field forestry programs in Nepal. Central to success of this program, therefore, is the need to establish effective forestry policy and planning functions at the national level capable of providing the policy/planning support required for implementation of the program at the local level.

The Forestry Development Project proposes to directly address these constraints by strengthening planning capabilities at the panchayat (village), district, regional and national levels designed to identify forestry land to be handed over and then substantially increase the pace of transfer of these lands and management responsibilities.

Forestry Program includes appropriate emphasis on private sector entities associated with the forestry sector. The private sector can and should play a major role in Nepal’s forestry sector. Except for the stove component of A.I.D.’s project, our assistance is targeted at two GON offices.