6. Objectives of the Forestry Sector Policy, 2000Editor NLC
6.1 Long-term Objectives
- To meet the people’s basic needs for fuelwood, timber, fodder, and other forestry products on a sustained basis
- To contribute to food production through effective interaction between forestry and farming practices.
- To protect land from degradation by soil erosion, floods, landslides, desertification, and other ecological disturbances.
- To both conserve and use in a sustainable way biological diversity and genetic resources for the maintenance of prevailing ecosystems.
- To contribute to the growth of local and national economies and thereby to improve the quality of life of the people by managing land and forest resources, developing forest-based industries, and by creating opportunities for income-generation and employment.
6.2 Medium-term Objectives
- To promote people’s participation in land and forestry resource development, management, and conservation.
- To improve the legal framework needed to enhance the contribution of individuals, communities, and other organisations to land and forestry resource development, management, and conservation.
- To improve and strengthen the organisational framework and the institutions of the forestry sector so that they can better perform their missions.
6.3 Short term objectives
- To provide increased opportunities to the people for forestry resource management under the community, private and leasehold forestry programs as well as the biodiversity conservation program provided for in the new forestry legislation.
- To manage the natural forests of the Terai and Inner Terai more effectively in order to contribute towards the socio-economic development of the country.
- To continue to strengthen institutions and legislation, including the development of clear operational guidelines for those entrusted with administering forestry sector legislation in line with the program approach in the forestry sector.