Forest Ministry selects 6 NGOs to implement multi-million dollar forestry program in 23 districts

The Ministry of Forest and Conservation has selected 6 NGOs to implement the controversial multi-million dollar  Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Program (MSFP) in 23 districts in the country. The program was delayed for a year after a single NGO was selected to implement the US$ 150 million project.

Last year, Rupantaran Nepal was selected as the sole executing agency for the program. The decision was drawn into controversy as forest users’ groups in the country expressed concerns over lack of transparency while selecting the organization. The NGO was reported to have been formed by former employees of the donor agencies. The project is funded by the Finnish government, the Department of International Development (DFID) of the UK and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The ministry has now selected  the Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), the Environment, Culture, Agriculture, Research and Development Society Nepal (ECARDS-Nepal), the Resource Identification and Management Society Nepal (RIMS-Nepal), the Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), Rupantaran Nepal and the Integrated Development Society Nepal (IDS Nepal) as the implementing agencies for the project. The program is expected to benefit 1.7 million people in the country.

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