Stories Tagged 'Forest encroachment'
Illegal settlements are being built in the Chure forest area by flood-displaced families, officials say.
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The project originally occupied 2,753 hectares of land to the north of the East-West Highway from the Ratuwa river to Kankai river.
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Hundred bighas of forest lands at Jhunga in Dudhauli Municipality and Chandanpur in Kamalamai Municipality in Sindhuli district have been encroached upon for building private properties.
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Up until a decade ago, Dadeldhura was almost all lush forest. Over 75 percent of the district was under a cover of the massive Mahabharat forest, which spread for 66 kilometres from Mahakali in the west to the Tele highlands along the Doti border in the east. The Chure forest spread from Mahakali to Kailali. But today, massive deforestation and encroachment by human settlements have destroyed nearly a half of the forests.
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Forest encroachment and increased demand of forest areas for other purposes would present major risks during the transitional management of forestry sector when the country adopts a federal structure of governance.
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