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12 Jul, 2022

A national sharing workshop on the revision of the Chure-Terai Madhesh Conservation and Management Master Plan was conducted on 08 July at the NTNC central office. The workshop was jointly organized by the President Chure-Terai Madhesh Conservation Development Board (or the Chure Board) and NTNC.

The workshop was attended by the Hon. Minister for Forests and Environment, Mr. Pradeep Yadav, who was also the event chief guest. Others taking part were Chairman of NTNC Dr. Krishna Prasad Oli, Chairman of the Chure Board Dr. Kiran Poudyal, Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Environment (MOFE) Dr. Pem Narayan Kandel, Member Secretary of NTNC Mr. Sharad Chandra Adhikary, and Member Secretary of the Chure Board Dr. Maheshwor Dhakal, including senior officials and experts from government and outside.

The workshop was organized to bring in perspectives and feedbacks from all national-level stakeholders and experts for the finalization of the master plan revision that NTNC has been tasked to carry out by the Chure Board. The master plan will be finalized after incorporating feedbacks from the national workshop.

Prior to this multiple levels of workshops have already been conducted across the country with various provincial and local stakeholders. The current Chure-Terai Madhesh Conservation and Management Master Plan (BS 2074) is a 20-year plan that is required to be reviewed and revised every five years based on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability by incorporating current issues and priorities. 

Hon. Minister Yadav noted that the revised master plan would be "critical for addressing the increased threats faced in the Chure," which serves as the main watershed for the Terai plains, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions in Nepal.