Collaboration between DoR and DoF and participation of local community is a must in order to fill the existing gap in the promotion of urban forestry in major cities of Nepal. The conflicting issues on different sections and articles of Local Self Governance Act 1999 and Forest Act 1993 require immediate review and amendments. Similarly, practicing regular greenery management options, like looping (pruning/cutting top and lateral branches), thinning and plummeting of trees at appropriate rotation age (axing down old, decaying, and diseased trees), is important.
The government has announced 2014-2023 as the forest decade to promote afforestation in public and private land with the theme ‘One house one tree; one village one forest, and one town several parks.’ While the government should implement policies to make this plan work out, public should participate proactively to really make Nepal greener.
Diwakar is an undergraduate student of Forestry at the Agriculture and Forestry University in Hetauda.