Successful Transformation; Bardiya Published date: May 30, 2015
Forest boundary conflict between shreebasant CFUG and Balganga CFUG that has been source of affliction for the locals of Rajapur Municipality wards 6 and 9, Bardiya district since 2001 has been transformed through natural resource based conflict transformation process that was implemented in the lead of NRCTC-N from May, 2014. The joint meeting to pass the common alternatives in transforming this conflict has been organized on May 30, 2015 amid a huge crowd of 450 participants. The program was attended by representatives from government and non-government agencies, political parties, journalists, local stakeholders etc. The program was chaired by spider team member Gopinath Paudel; Chief Guest was District Administration Officer and Chief of Administration of Rajapur Municipality Mahendra Janga Shahi; main guests in the program were representatives from District Forest Office, District land reform office, FECOFUN etc. spider team member Laute Tharu gave a welcome speech and NRP Ballu Chaudhary talked about the objectives of the program. The program was inaugurated by reciting the banner from the Chief Guest, followed by the singing of National anthem by a group of children. Cultural performances were shown by community people to celebrate happiness of agreement. This joint meeting passed the following agreement transforming this decade long conflict. In the program, the conflict facilitators of NRCTC-N were also felicitated for their remarkable effort in transforming this conflict.
The agreed points are as following:
- Both Shreebasanta and Balganga CFUG agree with the community forest boundary delineated on Jestha 12, 2072 in presence of both CFUG members, Technicians from Rajapur Municipality and Rajapur Ilaka forest office.
- Until the stream (Budhikulo) is released, the boundary of both CFUGs will be as mentioned in point no. 1. After the release of Budhikulo, the land to the west of current boundary will belong to Balganga CFUG and the land to the east will belong to Shreebasanta CFUG.
- When the stream will be released, its breadth will be 35 km. The stream will be released to the east of the current boundary leaving 2.5 km, after such release Balganga CFUG will have to leave the land to its north east that land will belong to Shreebasant CFUG.
- Pillars will be set up at the boundary of CFUG; all the expense will be covered by collecting required sums from all the users of both CFUGs.
- After this agreement, the conservation and management of forest resource will be done by both CFUGs in their own manner.
- Due to this community forest, on one hand the private lands of Basant village is being eroded, the erosion will soon affect the settlement areas of the village while on the other hand the Rajpuruwa village is in the risk of denudation if the river is discharged through the old outlet hence both CFUGs agree that the protection of village from erosion and denudation is a high priority issue than conservation of forest. In case for the protection of villages against erosion and denudation, if the community forest areas need to be cleared, both CFUG agree to coordinate with District Forest Office and other government agencies.
- The water will be released from the source at the north end of boundary of both community forests straight to the south end and embankments will be built on both sides. The private lands on both sides will be identified and the remaining land will be converted to community forest. If financial resource is needed for this work, then a finance search committee will be constituted, such committee will have inclusive representation from concerned stakeholders as following:
- One representative each from Ilaka forest office, Rajapur Municipality Office, Karnali River Control Office, Rajapur Ilaka Administration Office
- Three representatives from Political parties
- Two representatives each from both conflicting parties
- Both parties agree to implement all the above mentioned points.