Bhairab Risal, Kathmandu, Senior Journalist
Affiliated with NEFEJ and Radio Sagarmatha, he was active in lobbying and campaigning conservation issues by conducting numerous interaction programs with members of Parliament, policy makers, local leaders and big industrialists. He also initiated the campaign to promote indigenous tree species plantation in the government premises.
Mr. Navaraj Baral, District Forest Officer, Kailali
Mr. Bhanu Ram Chaudhari, Member of Community Forest User Group, Kailali
They were both very active in working against forest encroachment. Mr. Baral coordinated with all political parties, government administrators, the police and other agencies to remove about 5,000 encroachers from 2,000 hectare area of the government forest, including the Basanta Corridor. Mr. Chaudhary played an important role in mobilizing the community to support District Forest Office by facing encroachers on frontline; he also restored the scattered forests and planned activities to prevent future encroachments.
Himalayan Community Forest User Group (HCFUG), Solukhumbu
HCFUG, Consisting of a majority of women members and 57 households did an outstanding work in forest resource conservation at the grassroots level, sustainable development, gender development, cultural conservation, controlled illegal timber trade since 1998 and led to the declaration of Sagarmatha National Park’s Buffer Zone in Chaurikhara VDC and all settlements within the park on 3 Jan 2002.
Narti Rangepost Community Forest User Group Coordination Committee (CFUG,) Dang
CFUG was active in restoring greenery in the Churia hills and the coordination Committee was successful in forming 24 CFUGs with a total area of 8,822 hectares benefiting about 46,318 people.
Chhomrong Village, Kaski
The Village once used to be a cluster of cattle-sheds but in 2002 it was transformed into a clean, green and healthy place which is also a popular trekking destination. It also decided to make Annapurna Base Camp a ‘no glass and mineral water zone.’
The Explore Nepal, Kathmandu
The organization continued to operate adventure holiday trips, uplifting the general standard of Nepali communities and providing opportunities directly to the locals for their welfare and social schemes.
Royal Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve (now Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve) and Chandi Dal Gulma, Kanchanpur
They jointly managed to overcome the challenge of resettlement relocation in this reserve area.