The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Dabur Nepal and Taal Kolla Community Forest User Group signed a tripartite agreement (A public–private–community partnership for conservation and sustainable development) on Thursday.
Pema Gyamtsho, Director General ICIMOD, Harkirat Singh Bedi, Business Head, Dabur (Nepal and Myanmar) signed the Memorandum of Understading (MoU). Basanta Raj Shrestha, Director Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD and Arvind Rana, Head-Medicinal Plant, Dabur Nepal were present on the occasion.
According to a press release issued by Dabur Nepal, the objective of this initiative is to achieve livelihoods and conservation outcomes through increasing forest and economic productivity using a multi-stakeholder partnership in Baitadi district, Nepal.
Given its geographic and climatic conditions, Baitadi District has good potential for cultivation of Timur. Based on this potential, Taal kolla Community Forest User Group (CFUG), Dabur Nepal, and (ICIMOD) are collaborating to plant 25,000 timur seedlings within a five-year period with support from the Baitadi Divisional Forest Office. This public–private–community partnership will promote ecosystem restoration, enhance livelihood options, and foster sustainable development in the area.