Resources Himalaya Foundation and Environmental Graduates in Himalaya successfully organized Guff-Gaff program on September 21, 2022.The guest speaker for this session was ir.PashupatiNathKoirala, technical forestry specialist, Forests for Prosperity Project, REDD Implementation Centre, Ministry of Forests and Environment. He presented on the topic “Urban Greenery and Practices for Improvement in Nepal: Learning Experience”.
The session started with ir.Koirala explaining the concept of urban forest and stating the trend of developing countries where people prefer cities/urban areas than rural areas.In addition, he pointed out that 70% of the population is estimated to be migrating to the urban areas by 2050, which is a constraint for urban greenery. Similarly, ir.Koiralahighlighted the importance of species selection for urban plantation giving example of Bar and Peepal plantation as wrong choice of species in the cities of Nepal. Weakness in the species selection is the major challenge that the urban planning of Nepal is facing.He mentioned that priority should be given to local species and the purpose of the plantation. He further talked about the praiseworthy plantation done in Garden of Dreams, ring road of the Kathmandu Valley and in other cities like Hetauda, Butuwal and Itahari.ir.Koiralapointed out that the key for urban greenery maintenance is open space management including horizontal and vertical greenery practices. He mentioned that urban greenery can be advanced by the involvement of the diverse stakeholders who can overcome the gaps faced in urban plantation. He concluded the session by highlighting that the measures like incentive programs, regulatory rules, voluntary mobilization and a long-term plan and implementation modality are needed to improve the status of urban plantation. The talk was followed by discussion session and ended with closing remarks from EGH coordinator.