Population and environment issues in Nepal and the need for community development policy.Introduction
It is widely recognised that environment, economy and social well-being are inextricably in·ex·tri·ca·ble
a. So intricate or entangled as to make escape impossible: an inextricable maze; an inextricable web of deceit.
b. linked (Ness and Golay 1997; UNCED UNCED United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, June 1992) 1992). In Nepal, the livelihood of the rapidly growing population and the national economy mainly rely on forests and agriculture [United Nations Development Programme Nepal (UNDP/Nepal)] 1997; Central Bureau of Statistics/Nepal (CBS/Nepal) 1995). Concomitant concomitant /con·com·i·tant/ (kon-kom´i-tant) accompanying; accessory; joined with another.
concomitant adjective Accompanying, accessory, joined with another with population growth, governmental initiatives for a faster development of infrastructure base such as construction of roads, irrigation irrigation, in agriculture, artificial watering of the land. Although used chiefly in regions with annual rainfall of less than 20 in. (51 cm), it is also used in wetter areas to grow certain crops, e.g., rice. dams, hydroelectric projects, and housing exert pressure on the country's forest and agricultural land (Pant and Acharya For the pen name of D. Murdock, see .
An acharya is an important religious teacher. The word has different meanings in Hinduism and Jainism. In Hinduism
In the Hindu religion, an acharya (आचार्य) is a Divine personality 1988; Soussan et al. 1995) which is increasingly associated with long-term environmental degradation Environmental degradation is the deterioration of the environment through depletion of resources such as air, water and soil; the destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of wildlife. (UNCED 1992).
Progress in preventing long-term degradation requires effective policies (World Bank 1997: 1). The government of Nepal has expressed growing commitment to combating the population and environmental problems in the country. It has established national institutions such as the Ministry of Population and Environment, formulated and revised laws regarding forest resource management and adopted an antinatalist population policy [National Planning Commission Noun 1. planning commission - a commission delegated to propose plans for future activities and developments
commission, committee - a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle (NPC 1. (complexity) NPC - NP-complete.
2. (architecture) NPC - Next Program Counter. ) 1997]. However, despite the government's effort the achievements have so far remained well below expectations (Gonzalez 1990; Subedi 1995). One major reason for this failure is the lack of effective community empowerment policy (World Bank 1997: 1; McNicoll 1975: 1).
The analytical framework given below presents the population and environment relationships in the form of a flow diagram (Diagram 1). It identifies four factors influencing land use change. Population dynamics Population dynamics is the study of marginal and long-term changes in the numbers, individual weights and age composition of individuals in one or several populations, and biological and environmental processes influencing those changes. and economic and infrastructure development activities are major causes of change in land use pattern. The policy of central government and the response of local community groups are also directly associated with the change in the pattern.
The changing land use pattern is in turn associated with environmental degradation. The framework attempts to depict de·pict
tr.v. de·pict·ed, de·pict·ing, de·picts
1. To represent in a picture or sculpture.
2. To represent in words; describe. See Synonyms at represent. linkages between population dynamics, economic and infrastructure development activities and land use, which are influenced by policies and regulations of the Central government and by the activities of local community groups. The resulting intended and unintended ecological consequences, in turn, would affect the land use pattern, population dynamics and central government policy.
The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to describe the changing relationships between population and environment in Nepal in terms of the changing pattern of land use, because land use change is often a precursor precursor /pre·cur·sor/ (pre´kur-ser) something that precedes. In biological processes, a substance from which another, usually more active or mature, substance is formed. In clinical medicine, a sign or symptom that heralds another. to degradation (UNCED 1992). The paper also aims to analyse an·a·lyse
v. Chiefly British
Variant of analyze.
analyse or US -lyze
[-lysing, -lysed] or -lyzing, the changing pattern of land use in terms of population pressure, socio-economic development and government policies and to discuss the environmental consequences of the changing pattern of land use. The paper also draws out the population and environment policy implications of the above analysis and makes some recommendations with regard to community development policy. The paper begins with a comment on available data on land use, then outlines changing patterns of land use, its causes and ecological consequences. It then reviews and comments on the government's population and environmental policies in the past and considers the potential value of a community empowerment policy for achieving ecologically sustainable land use practices.
Date on Land Use
The discussion of changing population and environment relations with regard to land use in Nepal is hampered because detailed and comprehensive data are unavailable (UNCED 1992). The survey of the Land Resource Mapping Project (LRMP LRMP Land and Resource Management Plan (forestry industry)
LRMP Long-Range Maritime Patrol
LRMP Lightweight Reliable Multicast Protocol
LRMP Long Range Maintenance Plan
LRMP Legacy Resource Management Program
LRMP Long-Range Master Plan ) of the Water and Energy Commission which provides data for 1978/79 undertaken by LRMP (1986), still provides the latest land use information (Table 1). However, this survey alone cannot provide all land use information. So, some other sources such as the Statistical Year Book of Nepal 1995 (CBS (Cell Broadcast Service) See cell broadcast. 1995) and the LRMP survey report of the Water Resources and Energy Commission Secretariat Secretariat, 1970–89, thoroughbred race horse. Trained by Lucien Laurin and ridden by Ron Turcotte, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown in 1973.
(foaled 1970) U.S. (WECS WECS Wind Energy Conversion System
WECS Workshop on Education in Computer Security
WECS Wärtsilä Engine Control System
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WECS Web Enabled Collaboration System ) 1964/65 are also utilised. The LRMP reports are based on aerial photographs (producing maps at a scale of 1:50,000). Besides these, other national and international publications related to the topic are also used. Nonetheless, it is important to understand some limitations of the data on land use change in Nepal.
The principal data limitation concerns the extent of forest resources. All land with at least 10 per cent crown cover, excluding private land, comes under the jurisdiction of the Forest Department and is considered `forest land'; land with the same crown cover including private land is considered `forested land' (WECS 1986:7). The extent of forest resources in the country was unknown until the first detailed survey undertaken in 1964/65 based on aerial photographs. Since then, a number of forest surveys have been undertaken. Unfortunately, the resulting databases are often inconsistent and not comparable because of differences in methodologies, coverage (widely varying geographical areas), units of measurement Units of measurement
Values, quantities, or magnitudes in terms of which other such are expressed. Units are grouped into systems, suitable for use in the measurement of physical quantities and in the convenient statement of laws relating physical quantities. and definitions (Soussan et al. 1995).
The first aerial photograph survey produced comprehensive information for two of the three broad ecological regions of Nepal Nepal is divided into 14 administrative zones (अञ्चल), which are divided into 75 districts (जिल्ला). The 14 administrative zones are grouped into five development regions (विकास [terai This article is about the regions of India and Nepal. For specific Terai/Tarai region of Nepal, see Madhesh. For the former town in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, see Terai, Ishikawa. (plains) and hills] and provides data by administrative forest divisions including forested areas, timber volumes, and yields. The next comprehensive survey was undertaken in 1972, using satellite imagery Satellite imagery consists of photographs of Earth or other planets made from artificial satellites. History
The first satellite photographs of Earth were made August 14, 1959 by the US satellite Explorer 6. . The figure obtained (5.2 million ha. forest) is only a rough estimate, as the technique used was poor at assessing the smaller blocks of woodlands which are characteristic of many hill areas in Nepal (Soussan et al. 1995:6). The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO FAO,
n See Food and Agriculture Organization. ), UNDP UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNDP Unión Nacional para la Democracia y el Progreso (National Union for Democracy and Progress) and the Integrated Watershed watershed, elevation or divide separating the catchment area, or drainage basin, of one river system or group of river systems from another system or group of systems. The term is also often used synonymously with drainage basin. Management Project made another estimate based on 1975-satellite imagery. Using a definition of forested area based on a 50 per cent crown cover, the total estimated area was 4.1 million hectares (Nelson et al. 1980). However, this definition is not considered appropriate for the natural conditions of the Himalayan region, where forests are far less dense than those of many other parts of the world (Soussan et al. 1995:7).
The second aerial photograph survey was undertaken in 1978/79. This survey presents data for physiographic phys·i·og·ra·phy
See physical geography.
physi·ogra·pher n. zones, and estimates forested land based on at least 10 per cent crown cover, similar to the 1964/65 survey. The land use type of the 1964/65 survey was re-estimated by the Water and Energy Commission using the same definition as the 1978/79 survey, thus allowing comparisons to be made.
Changing Patterns of Land Use
The distribution of forest cover and agricultural land (Tables 1, 2 & 3), which is discussed below, indicates the changing land use pattern in Nepal.
Land Use Condition: Forest cover can be used as the best yardstick to study environmental stress in a nation. Forests are not only the source of such vital resources as timber, fuel wood, fodder fodder
feed for herbivorous animals, usually used to describe dried leafy material such as hay. See also forage.
a root crop grown solely as a source of feed for cattle, possibly sheep. , pastures PASTURES, pastures. The land on which beasts are fed; and by a grant of pastures the land itself passes. 1 Thorn. Co, Litt. 202. and fresh water but also the alternative source of agricultural land expansion. Land productivity is also related to forest resources for the raw materials of compost compost, substance composed mainly of partly decayed organic material that is applied to fertilize the soil and to increase its humus content; it is often used in vegetable farming, home gardens, flower beds, lawns, and greenhouses. manure manure, term used in the United States to refer to excreta of animals, with or without added bedding; also called barnyard manure. In other countries the term often refers to any material used to fertilize the soil. and water for irrigation.
According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the LRMP 1978/79 classification, the land use pattern in Nepal is divided into five physiographic zones. Table 1 shows the relative proportion of land use in each zone. The sum of the total percentages of open forest and well-stocked forest gives the total area covered by forested land. In total, 38.0 per cent of the country's total land is covered by forested land; 18.0 per cent is considered suitable for agriculture, of which 59.4 per cent is irrigated (khet) and the remaining 40.6 per cent is rain-fed (bari). Most of the land in the high Himalayas includes rocks (66.7%), and grazing grazing,
n See irregular feeding.
1. actions of herbivorous animals eating growing pasture or cereal crop.
2. area of pasture or cereal crop to be used as standing feed. See also pasture. and shrubs while most of the land in the terai is irrigated land followed by well-stocked forest.
It is unknown how the proportions of different categories of the land shown in Table 1 may have changed after 1978/79. However, the data from the two land resource mapping projects 1964/65 and 1978/79 permit analysis of the changing pattern of forest cover for two ecological zones (Table 2).
Forest Cover and Deforestation deforestation
Process of clearing forests. Rates of deforestation are particularly high in the tropics, where the poor quality of the soil has led to the practice of routine clear-cutting to make new soil available for agricultural use.
The forest cover in the country is decreasing due to rapid deforestation (UNDP/Nepal 1997). The total forest cover fell to 41.5 per cent in 1978/79 from 44.0 per cent in 1964/65 (Table 2). The forest cover in the hills alone decreased by 3.4 per cent between these periods, whilst in the terai it decreased by more than 24.0 per cent.
Deforestation can be defined as the permanent loss of old growth forests in the nation. Over the past 15 years, the Years, The
the seven decades of Eleanor Pargiter’s life. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 1109]
See : Time terai had a much more rapid rate of deforestation with 2 per cent per annum Per annum
Yearly. compared to the rate of deforestation of 0.2 per cent in the hills. The main causes of deforestation are associated mainly with the expansion of agricultural land and commercial logging (UNDP 1997; UNCED 1992). The destruction of many forests in the terai is the result of commercial logging (UNDP/Nepal 1997: 1). As underscored by UNDP:
It is estimated that about 84,000 ha of land is deforested every year. The annual rate of deforestation in the terai alone is estimated at 3 per cent and the quantity of the growing stock of wood in these forests has fallen from an average of 150 [m.sup.3] per ha. in the mid 1960's to less that 90 [m.sup.3] per ha. now. In the past 30 years, Nepal has lost forest cover at an average annual rate of nearly 2%. If the present trend of deforestation continues unabated, whatever remains of the forests will disappear in less than three decades (UNDP/Nepal 1997:1-2).
Agricultural Land Use
Eighty one per cent of the labour force in Nepal depends on agriculture (UNDP/Nepal 1997: 1; UNCED 1992:29) and is exerting pressure on agricultural land. As shown in Table 3, the total cultivated land area in Nepal increased by about 53 per cent from 1971 to 1991. This expansion in cultivated land over 1971-91 was highest in the hills, followed by the mountains and the terai zone. As mentioned above, the cultivable land area is estimated to be only 18 per cent of total land area of the nation. But the total estimated cultivated land area of nearly 21 per cent (Table 3) already indicates the over use of marginal, steep and forested land.
Using population data from the 1994 medium projections of the United Nations and land data from the 1993 Agrostat database of the FAO, Engelman and LeRoy (1997:45) projected per capita [Latin, By the heads or polls.] A term used in the Descent and Distribution of the estate of one who dies without a will. It means to share and share alike according to the number of individuals. cropland crop·land
Land that is fit or used for growing crops. for 125 countries of the world for the period of 1960/61, 1990 and 2025. The projected data for Nepal show that the per capita arable land In geography, arable land (from Latin arare, to plough) is an agricultural term, meaning land that can be used for growing crops.
Of the earth's 148,000,000 km² (57 million square miles) of land, approximately 31,000,000 km² (12 million square miles) are was 0. 19 hectares in 1960/61. It declined to 0.14 ha in 1990 and to 0. 07 ha in 2025. This decline in per capita arable land in 2025 can be seen more clearly through the lens of the scarcity Scarcity
The basic economic problem which arises from people having unlimited wants while there are and always will be limited resources. Because of scarcity, various economic decisions must be made to allocate resources efficiently. benchmark, which indicates the serious challenge in growing enough foods to improve diets and to reduce malnutrition malnutrition, insufficiency of one or more nutritional elements necessary for health and well-being. Primary malnutrition is caused by the lack of essential foodstuffs—usually vitamins, minerals, or proteins—in the diet. for the growing number of people (Engelman and LeRoy 1997:25).
Causes of Changing Pattern in Forest and Agricultural Land Use
There are a number of factors associated with the changing pattern of land use. The main associated factors are population pressure, and economic and infrastructure development activities.
Population Pressure: The levels of classical variables from social demography demography (dĭmŏg`rəfē), science of human population. Demography represents a fundamental approach to the understanding of human society. such as population size, age distribution, and crude birth and death rates are exceptionally powerful indicators of the extent of population pressure (Ness and Golay 1997:99).
The continuously increasing total density by total and cultivated land area in Nepal is the result of a high crude birth rate at 41.2 births per 1000 population and moderate and a declining crude death rate at 13.3 per 1000 population per year and a high proportion of under 15 population (43 % in 1991) (CBS 1995).
The above factors indicate that the period required for the population to double is becoming progressively shorter. According to Joshi (1992:225), the projected population size of Nepal in 2011 is 32.7 million under a scenario of high fertility (TFR TFR Total fertility rate, see there = 4.5) and low mortality ([e.sup.o] = 70 years) and 27 million under a scenario of low fertility (TFR= 2.5) and high mortality ([e.sup.o]= 63.5 years). Given the pace of socio-economic development and the limited impact of population program efforts in Nepal, the total population will probably continue to grow fast into the twenty-second century (Karki 1993:24).
Poverty: It is still widely assumed that the farmers and the poor are the main agents of deforestation (UNCED 1992). In Nepal more than 45 per cent of the country's population are estimated to be living in abject poverty (UNDP/Nepal 1997). Recently, for the year 1996 it has been reported that 42 per cent of people were below the recommended nutrition-based poverty line while 53 per cent had daily income below US$ 1 per day (UNDP/Nepal 1997; World Bank 1997). These people are assumed to be relying on natural resources for their livelihood and are frequently blamed as the root cause of environmental degradation (NPCS NPCS Northern Potter Children's School
NPCS Narrowband Personal Communication System
NPCS Non-Preemptible Critical Section Algorithm 1991; Karki et al. 1993; UNCED 1992). However:
... there is a mistaken belief that deforestation is largely due to the growing' rural (poor) population and their fuel wood and fodder needs. Actual studies have shown that, whereas poor rural people use twigs and leaves and dung, it is the urban market that prompts contractors, often with the connivance of the guardians of the forest, to fell the trees illegally for a growing and a very profitable urban market. The tribal and rural poor also indulge in selling head-loads of fuel wood to urban markets for earning a few rupees, but the scale of these operations is tiny compared with the massive transport of logs by the contractors from reserved forest areas to urban markets (Chowdhury 1991:46).
The problem in this context is how to manage the natural resources effectively. As argued by Reardon and Vosti (1995), the major concern in the context of sustainable resource management is that relevant sub populations are "investment poor" (in the sense that they lack the ability to make minimum investments in resource improvements) rather than being simply the "welfare poor" (as measured by income, consumption, or nutrition criteria). Communities that are investment poor lack the capital needed for investing in sustainable resource management.
A number of case studies in Nepal show that some poor communities have been able to successfully preserve their forests under certain conditions. For instance, a settlement named Sitalpati in Sankhuwasabha district Sankhuwasabha district, a part of Kosi zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Khandbari as its district headquarters, covers an area of 3,480 km² and has a population (2001) of 159,203. has succeeded in conserving its forests (Soussan et al. 1995:72-73). Similarly, studies carried out in Fabling Panchayat Noun 1. panchayat - a village council in India or southern Pakistan
council - a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council" (council) in Salyan district Salyan district, a part of the Rapti zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Salyan as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,462 km² and has a population of 213,500 according to the 2001 census. (Zurick 1990), Pandrung and Majh Lakuribot Panchayats in Gorkha district Gorkha district, a part of Gandaki zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Gorkha as its district headquarters, covers an area of 3,610 km² and has a population (2001) of 288,134. (Exo 1990),. Ganeshthan and Maina Bisauni Ban in Sindhu Palchok district and Nalako Thulo Ban in Kabhre Palanchok district (Gilmour and Fisher 1991) demonstrate genuine examples of preserved forests through the initiatives of poor local communities.
This preservation has been done through the agreed community rules, which include the share of cash or kind for the payment of forest watchers and equal distribution of the sustainably extracted forest products for all community members. This situation is similar in many places in the rural hills in Nepal. This evidence shows that the frequent tendency to blame the poor for environmental degradation is unfounded and that the poor can care for their environment if they have the kinds of capital needed to invest in resource management. Later I will clarify further the different levels of capital needed.
Economic and Infrastructure Development: Being an agricultural country, Nepal provides employment in this sector to the vast majority (81%) of its labour force, although the proportion of labour force in this sector is declining over time (CBS 1995:215). Due to its poor economic base, Nepal has not been able to transfer much labour from agriculture to non-agricultural sectors. So, economic development that improves the quality of human life (Ness and Golay 1997:17) relies mainly on agriculture in Nepal. In this context, the ever-increasing population pressure has been a problem in enhancing economic development. This is because, on one hand, the nation has not been able to fulfill ful·fill also ful·fil
tr.v. ful·filled, ful·fill·ing, ful·fills also ful·fils
1. To bring into actuality; effect: fulfilled their promises.
2. the basic requirements of infrastructural demands in providing the services and resources needed to enhance economic development (CBS 1995). On the other, the unsustainable management and use of resources in the process of infrastructural development, for example roads, hydroelectricity and housing, as discussed below, exacerbate land degradation The causes of land degradation are mainly anthropogenic and agriculture related. The major causes include:
Construction of Roads: Because of the government's commitment to linking all parts of the nation with road networks, road construction has been a major development activity of the Nepalese government since 1950 (Chalise 1991). Although road construction in Nepal is very important for economic development, unsustainable resources use during construction practices, such as felling more trees than actually needed and poor engineering, have been factors of environmental problems. There are two reasons for poor engineering in road construction (Schaffner 1987). One is the inadequate mixture of cement with sand needed for wall construction from the base of the roads. Another is the alignment of roads on riverbanks where bank cutting of river systems creates conditions more likely to cause land movement. The changing river regime due to the dumping of road cuttings into the river system is another serious problem (Laban 1979 in Chalise et al. 1993). These processes are responsible not only for destroying the forests and fauna fauna
All the species of animals found in a particular region, period, or special environment. Five faunal realms, based on terrestrial animal species, are generally recognized: Holarctic, including Nearactic (North America) and Paleartic (Eurasia and northern Africa); but also for erosion and floods.
Hydro-electric Projects: Nepal is a country with the second highest hydroelectric power hydroelectric power: see power, electric; water power.
Electricity produced from generators driven by water turbines that convert the energy in falling or fast-flowing water to mechanical energy. potential in the world (CBS 1995). Hydro-electric power could be one of the most important sources of energy to preserve the forest resources replacing the existing overexploitation of forest resources in the country. However, unsustainable uses of forest and land resources Noun 1. land resources - natural resources in the form of arable land
natural resource, natural resources - resources (actual and potential) supplied by nature in the process of power generation Schemes have an adverse impact on the local environment (Soussan et al. 1995). According to Soussan et al.'s research findings, the Trisuli and Devighat Hydro Projects (completed at 1983) had not only a major impact on the forest area but also resulted in loss of much fertile agricultural land. There are many other power schemes similar to Devighat and Trishuli Hydro Projects, which suggests a similar impact on the environment. However, such adverse impacts can be minimized or avoided if rigorous environmental impact assessment (EIA (Electronic Industries Alliance, Arlington, VA, www.eia.org) A membership organization founded in 1924 as the Radio Manufacturing Association. It sets standards for consumer products and electronic components. ) is made even in small-scale projects. Based on the report of the EIA in 1995, a large-scale hydro-electric project, Arun Ill, was not implemented because of its potential adverse impact on environment.
Housing And Settlement: Land use for housing is one of the many human requirements for normal living. Daily human actions necessitate ne·ces·si·tate
tr.v. ne·ces·si·tat·ed, ne·ces·si·tat·ing, ne·ces·si·tates
1. To make necessary or unavoidable.
2. To require or compel. frequent interactions with the environment: Although the land area occupied by housing and settlements is less than 1 per cent of the total land area with 2.8 million dwelling units, unplanned housing and unsustainable use of forest products as well as other resources needed by the rapidly growing population have been serious problems in the country (UNCED 1992:35).
The above discussion shows the status of land use change and its major underlying causes, which are related to the ecological consequences. It is also important to understand that besides human induced factors natural processes are also important for ecological degradation in Nepal.
Natural Processes: By the 1980s, most writers (Eckholm 1976; Caine and Mool 1981; Pandey et al. 1983; Myers 1986) held the view that a rapid growth in the subsistence subsistence,
n the state of being supported or remaining alive with a minimum of essentials. population was the main cause of deforestation, consequently bringing serious problems of soil erosion and flooding in Nepal. However, Smadja (1992:2) in 1992 found that natural factors were also responsible for the ecological degradation such as gully erosion. This finding was based on an inter-disciplinary (agronomists, ethnologists, ecologists, and others) study of Salme slope, located about 20 kilometres south of the Ganesh Himal For other uses, see Ganesha (disambiguation).
Ganesh Himal is a sub-range of the Himalayan mountain range. It is located mostly in north-central Nepal, but some peaks lie on the border with Tibet. in Nuwakot district Nuwakot district, a part of Bagmati zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Bidur as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,121 km² and has a population (2001) of 288,478. . The reason is that the natural factors by themselves play a major role in shaping the land structure. The Himalayas in Nepal are the youngest, loftiest and most rugged mountain Rugged Mountain is the apex of the Haihte Range on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. From it, several glaciers, Nootka Sound, Woss Lake and the Tlupana Range are in view. systems in the world with their sharp relief and the most highly fragile geological system with constant tectonic uplifting Tectonic uplift is a geological process most often caused by plate tectonics which increases elevation. The opposite of uplift is subsidence, which results in a decrease in elevation. Uplift may be orogenic or isostatic. (Soussan et al. 1995). Consequent con·se·quent
a. Following as a natural effect, result, or conclusion: tried to prevent an oil spill and the consequent damage to wildlife.
b. uplifting is causing the down-cutting of river systems, mass wasting, land slides, river bank-cutting, flooding, avalanches; and glacial lake A glacial lake is a lake with origins in a melted glacier.
Glacial lakes can be green in color, the result of ground up minerals (rock flour) supporting a large population of algae. out-bursts are exerting pressure on the environment and vegetation. This finding might be applicable to all Himalayan regions in the country.
Soil Productivity: Despite the continuous expansion of cultivated land area, crop yields are diminishing and the cost of production is increasing. The reason for this is the mismanagement mis·man·age
tr.v. mis·man·aged, mis·man·ag·ing, mis·man·ag·es
To manage badly or carelessly.
mis·manage·ment n. of soil and water resources combined with poor administration of chemical fertilisers (Hamal ha·mal also ham·mal
A porter or bearer in certain Muslim countries.
[Arabic amm 1991; UNCED 1992; UNDP/Nepal 1997). The use of marginal and steep land for agricultural use has accelerated the loss of top soil and water runoff Runoff
The procedure of printing the end-of-day prices for every stock on an exchange onto ticker tape.
If the "tape is late" then it can take a long time to print off all the closing prices. , which, combined with the natural process of erosion causing destructive flooding and siltation, have also contributed to the decline in agricultural productivity Agricultural productivity is measured as the ratio of agricultural inputs to agricultural outputs. While individual products are usually measured by weight, their varying densities make measuring overall agricultural output difficult. (DFAMS DFAMS Defense Fuel Automated Management System
DFAMS Defense Full Automated Management System 1985). One major reason for declining productivity is continuously depleting forest reserves. This created an increasing scarcity of fodder supply and compelled farmers to reduce the amount of compost manure, made from livestock bedding, which is useful for cultivation cultivation, tilling or manipulation of the soil, done primarily to eliminate weeds that compete with crops for water and nutrients. Cultivation may be used in crusted soils to increase soil aeration and infiltration of water; it may also be used to move soil to or (Hamal 1991:71).
Nowadays, there is an increasing interest in organic and traditional farming techniques as a means of maintaining soil fertility. Engelman and LeRoy (1997:37) have noted that a growing number of farmers in Europe and the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. are experimenting with organic techniques. In developing countries traditional farming techniques may a!so offer lessons in sustainability. The promising strategies for sustainable agriculture sustainable agriculture
A method of agriculture that attempts to ensure the profitability of farms while preserving the environment. in developing countries including Nepal are described as follows:
... some of the most promising strategies for sustainable agriculture are "low-tech" and well tested by experience. These include composting, mixing and rotating crops, and cultivating such "green manure" plants as beans and clover, which add to the soil's carbon and nitrogen content. Trees draw up nutrients from deep in the sub-soil, which can then be transferred to topsoil by way of mulch and compost. Animals convert forage crops into energy and manure. Such strategies can be applied more creatively in the developing world to supplement and minimize the need for expensive and environmentally problematic fertilizers and pesticides (Engelman and LeRoy 1997:37).
Erosion and Flooding: Development programs, although not intended to destroy the natural environment, in practice frequently have this effect (Chalise 1991). Development activities, including those related to infra-structure development, such as road construction, irrigation dams, hydro dams, generators for irrigation and electricity, irrigation channels, power lines, and buildings put direct pressure on the natural environment (Chalise 1991). Increasing deforestation is one of the best examples:
Increasing deforestation has added to soil erosion because of the increased run-off from rainfall. Deforestation also means more frequent floods and droughts downstream causing immense damage to crops, cattle and people. Deforestation can also alter the local hydrological cycle, diminishing water tables for agricultural use. Deforestation in the Himalayas also means that cow dung and crop residues must be used as fuel, thus depriving the soil of nutrients and organic matter that would help to maintain a healthy soil structure and productive land (Chowdhury 1991:44).
The destabilisation Noun 1. destabilisation - the action of destabilizing; making something less stable (especially of a government or country or economy)
destabilization of fragile mountain slopes, caused by earth cuttings, blasting, blocking or hampering of natural drainage flow, and silting of reservoirs and canals consequently causes destructive erosion and flooding and damage to life and property in the nation. For instance, in July, 1993, floods killed over 1,100 people, 25,000 livestock, and destroyed 28,000 houses, 40,000 hectares of farmland, 347 km. of roads, 206 bridges, 26 dams, 405 irrigation channels, and 337 public buildings, and inflicted a total loss of over USS USS
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Implications of Ecological Consequences in Policy Role for Development
Application of effective population and land use policy is important in keeping balance between population and environment. Box 2 summarizes population and environment policies and goals since 1850 and documents how the policies including land use have been changing in response to the ecological consequences.
Box 2: Summary of the Government's Population and Environment Policies in Nepal 1850-1997. Plan and Period Main Features Indigenous (Talukdari -- forest management by local people system) Rana regime, 1850- and by community-paid watcher 1951, before starting plan systems, managed for basic needs period) of timber, fodder and fuel wood and also agriculture land management. First five-year plan -- focused on increasing agricultural (1956-61) production, extracting more revenue from forests, implementing resettlement schemes in the terai. Forest nationalisation -- state took control of forest; (1951-76) `Green forests Nepalese wealth' was the main slogan, restriction to subsistence needs of forested products, reduction of the degradation of forests, loss of indigenous management systems, forests virtually became nobody's property. Second Plan (1963-65) Land -- emphasis on food production, Reform Act, 1964 continuous resettlement scheme in the terai, increased production and productivity through the equitable distribution of agricultural land, discouraged the holding of excessive land in agriculture. Land Survey (LRMP, -- survey of natural resources, forest 1964/65) demarcation, construction of fire lines and forest roads, and promotion of forest-based industries. Third Plan (1965-70) -- realised the need to reduce population growth, population pressure experienced in the hills compared to the terai and mountains, priority in resettlement schemes in the terai, set target to reduce CBR from 39.1 to 38.1 but achieved 43 births per 1000 population at the end of the plan. Fourth Plan (1965-70) -- importance given to curbing population growth, reducing the birth rate, reclamation of forest land and increased agricultural production through the resettlement program, increased revenue from forestry sector. Fifth Plan (1975-80) -- emphasis on reducing birth rate through family planning and maternal child health programs, regulation of external and internal migration, provision of basic facilities for education and health, set target to reduce CBR to 38 per 1000 population but achieved 42.2 births per 1000 at the end of the plan. Green Revolution -- emphasis on irrigation, chemical fertiliser and high yielding varieties of seeds, intensive cultivation and credit subsidy policy. The National Forestry -- restoration of the balance of the Plan, 1976 enacted nature (manage forests, control floods, land slides and soil erosion), economic mobilisation, practice of scientific management, promotion of public cooperation, and initiation of the concept of community forestry. Sixth Plan (1980-85) -- demographic targets set to reduce TFR from 6.3 to 5.8 children per woman, achieved 6.1 children per woman, maintain population growth rate at 2.3 percent per annum but achieved 2.5 percent per annum, improve soci- economic conditions, fulfil unmet demand for family planning, first formulated integrated policy on population and socio-economic development relating to agriculture, forestry, environment and rural development, emphasis on immigration control. Seventh Plan (1985-90) -- set targets to reduce TFR from 6.1 to 4 children per woman. Sources: CBS 1.995; HMG/N 1976; HMG/N 1988: 67-69; Gilmour and King 1989: 77-79.
Nepal started its series of five-year development plans in 1956. Regarding population policy, the first (1956-61) and the second (1962-65) development plans were focussed on population resettlement Re`set´tle`ment
n. 1. Act of settling again, or state of being settled again; as, the resettlement of lees s>.
The resettlement of my discomposed soul.
- Norris. program in the terai (NPCS 1991), aiming to rehabilitate re·ha·bil·i·tate
1. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
2. To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity. the landless land·less
Owning or having no land.
Adj. 1. peasants and to relieve population pressure in some neighboring neigh·bor
1. One who lives near or next to another.
2. A person, place, or thing adjacent to or located near another.
3. A fellow human.
4. Used as a form of familiar address.
v. hill regions (Tuladhar 1989). The eradication eradication
extermination of an infectious agent so that no further cases of the related disease can occur.
virtual eradication of malaria malaria, infectious parasitic disease that can be either acute or chronic and is frequently recurrent. Malaria is common in Africa, Central and South America, the Mediterranean countries, Asia, and many of the Pacific islands. , combined with the provision of land at nominal price Nominal price
Price quotations on futures for a period in which no actual trading took place. with basic facilities such as roads, schools and health posts, induced hundreds of thousands of migrants to move from hills and mountains, as well as from India, to the terai (CBS, 1987).
The government realized the need to reduce population growth during the third development plan (1965-70) and antinatalist population policies emphasizing family planning family planning
Use of measures designed to regulate the number and spacing of children within a family, largely to curb population growth and ensure each family’s access to limited resources. have been adopted since then (Box 2). In each five-year development plan, government set demographic targets (Box 2). However, the achievements were well below the expectations (NPC 1997).
As mentioned in Box 2, Nepal has revised forest and agricultural policies Agricultural policy describes a set of laws relating to domestic agriculture and imports of foreign agricultural products. Governments usually implement agricultural policies with the goal of achieving a specific outcome in the domestic agricultural product markets. with its series of five-year development plans. Increasing agricultural production and extracting maximum revenue from the forests have remained constant policy aims in all development plans. In order to increase agricultural production per unit land area, a `green revolution' policy was introduced during the fifth development plan period (1975-80). However, it could not be sustained for the long run because of poor application of agricultural technology.
The forest policy also changed after the overthrow of the Rana regime in 1951, when a new government who brought in a new Nepal Private Forest Nationalisation n. 1. same as nationalization.
Noun 1. nationalisation - the action of forming or becoming a nation
group action - action taken by a group of people
2. Act 1957. This Act brought all forests including those privately owned by communities and by private individuals under the control of the state with the intention of preserving forest resources, and by controlling their use by the local people in order to maximise national revenue (Mahat et al. 1986). However, because of two major flaws the forest resources were increasingly destroyed in later days (Soussan et al. 1995). Firstly, the forest ceased to be community wealth and secondly, government machinery failed to provide adequate management. The destruction of forests was the result of the expansion of agricultural land, unsustainable domestic consumption of forest products and commercial logging (Soussan et al. 1995).
During the fifth development plan (1975-80), the National Forestry Plan 1976 was enacted in order to restore forests and to control massive erosion and floods. The Community Forestry program was recognised for the first time following the 1978 promulgation PROMULGATION. The order given to cause a law to be executed, and to make it public it differs from publication. (q.v.) 1 Bl. Com. 45; Stat. 6 H. VI., c. 4.
2. of the Panchayat Protected Forest A protected forest is a specific term to denote forests with some amount of legal, and / or constitutional protection in certain countries, besides being a generic term to denote forests where the habitat and resident species are legally accorded protection. Acts (Community and Private Forestry Division 1997; Dahal 1994:19). By this Act, each Panchayat could be given official control over the local resources in order to manage and protect local degraded de·grad·ed
1. Reduced in rank, dignity, or esteem.
2. Having been corrupted or depraved.
3. Having been reduced in quality or value. forests under a scientific forest management plan prepared by the Forest Division Office (Community and Private Forestry Division 1997). However, the result was disappointing.
One major reason for the disappointing results was the impractical nature of the Panchayat protected forest rules, which failed to create an environment for the full participation of all users. Neither did they provide a clear procedure for the transfer of authority for protection, management and utilisation of forests to the users. The handover certificates of Panchayat protected forest were issued to the Panchayat. In effect the management authority was transferred from the District Forest Officer (DFO) to the Pradhan Pancha (chairperson of the Panchayat) while the status of custodial element remained the same. The forest remained as Government Forest in another name (Community and Private Forestry Division 1997:16)
Although the concern about natural resources, especially of forests, was highlighted in all five-years development plans, the environmental issue is a relatively recent concern of development planners and policy makers in Nepal (NPCS 1991:46). Land use and environmental management policies were formulated for the first time in the sixth five year plan (1980-85). This plan included population control measures to alleviate population pressure on the environment, especially on forest and agricultural land. Emphasis was also given to public awareness on environmental issues such as erosion and flooding resulting from deforestation and over-use of steep and barren bar·ren
1. Not producing offspring.
2. Incapable of producing offspring.
barren adjective Gynecology Infertile, sterile, fruitless, inconceivable land in order to gain community participation to preserve the environment. The seventh five year plan (1985-90) went one step further to envisage en·vis·age
tr.v. en·vis·aged, en·vis·ag·ing, en·vis·ag·es
1. To conceive an image or a picture of, especially as a future possibility: envisaged a world at peace.
2. the involvement of non-governmental agencies in environmental protection. Thus forest policies have been the main aspect of the government's overall environmental protection policies.
New legislation, the Government Forest Act 1992, came as the most recent legislation from the new established democratic government during eighth development plan (1992-97). Its main aim was to hand over all accessible hill forests to the local communities for protection, use and management through forest user groups (FUGs). However, there are some ambiguous laws in this Government Forest Act, 1992 by which local communities cannot be assured that the forests have been handed over to them for protection, use and management (Dahal 1994:119).
Clause 26, Sub-clause 2, Amendment in Management mentioned that "if any amendment in the original management plan of community forest has deleterious deleterious adj. harmful. effects on the environment, the District Forest Officer, after receiving the amendment, will notify the users within 30 days not to amend the original plan and it is the duty of the users to follow his instructions". There are two gaps in the law: first, the clause does not specify the conditions that can bring about deleterious effects on the environment and second, the District Forest Officer plays a major role in making the final decision (Dahal 1994).
Another clause, Clause 68, mentioned that "whatever may be stated in the Act elsewhere, in any national priority project, if there is no alternative except to use the forest, provided it does not affect the environment, the Government can give permission to such a project to use a part of the CF, Contract Forest, and Religious Forest." These laws clearly show that there is still strong government control over the forests, and a decisive role for real protectors For the 1970s television series made by Gerry Anderson, see The Protectors
Protectors was a team of fictional superheroes that starred in the eponymous title published by Malibu Comics. for effective management is lacking.
The government policies and programs discussed above suggest clear gaps (Subedi 1995). So, despite the favourable expectations, unintended negative consequences have been experienced over the years (Box 1). Hayes's observations in the following paragraph reflect the true reality in this context:
Box 1: Goals of Development Activities and Their Unintended Environmental Consequences in Nepal Development Goals Activities Deforestation Conversion of forested land for industries and for development activities Expansion of To increase total arable and food production including steep, marginal and forested land Intensification of To increase food cultivation using production and modern technical reduce pressure on input natural resources Infrastructure To facilitate development (e.g. infrastructural roads, hydro- needs, such as electricity, and transportation, settlements communication and settlements Development Unintended Environmental Consequences Activities Deforestation 1. Massive soil erosion and excess 2. Affects hydrological cycle (Gilmour activities 1991:22; Chowdhury 1991) 3. Pushing people to move from hills and mountains to the terai and urban areas (K.C. 1992) Expansion of 1. Massive soil erosion and soil loss (Pant and arable and acharya, 1988:178; Joshi, 1981; UNDP/Nepal including steep, 1997). marginal and 2. Loss of 30 per cent revenue per year by forested land flooding (UNCED 1992:53). 3. High sedimentation in river beds in the terai rising at the scale of 16 to 30 mm annually and possibilities of river widening over a vast tract of fertile crop land (IUCN/HMG 1983 in UNCED 1992). Intensification of Often land degradation and loss of land cultivation using productivity (DFAMS 1991) modern technical input Infrastructure Mass soil wastage, erosion, change in river development (e.g. regime and loss of lives and properties roads, hydro- (UNCED 1992; Joshi 1981) electricity, and settlements Successful development policies depend on a realistic appreciation of the relations between policy and community. Large-scale development projects promoted by political leaders as in the national interest but which in fact do not meaningfully relate to the development efforts and aspirations of most of the population rarely produce appreciable social benefits and sometimes prove economically or politically disastrous (Hayes 1992:196).
The past and current policies on population and environment issues in Nepal are not satisfactory. It needs to be realized that natural, physical or produced and human capital (excluding social capital) can have only a partial effect on development processes (World Bank 1997). World Bank underscores that:
It is now become recognized that these three types of capital determine only partially the process of economic growth because they overlook the way in which the economic actors interact and organize themselves to generate growth and development. The missing link is social capital (World Bank 1997:77).
In this respect, the working policies in Nepal are not adequate for dealing with the current population and environmental issues. Thus, understanding the value of social capital, the link, which is still missing in the process of development in Nepal, is important.
The term `social capital' has found its way into economic analysis only recently (World Bank 1997). In the sociological and anthropological literature social capital generally refers to the set of norms, networks, and organizations through which people gain access to power and resources, and through which decision making and policy formulation occurs (World Bank 1997:78; Coleman 1993:9-10). So, social capital is capital that is embodied em·bod·y
tr.v. em·bod·ied, em·bod·y·ing, em·bod·ies
1. To give a bodily form to; incarnate.
2. To represent in bodily or material form: in social organization. It is a resource in the same sense as other forms of capital. It can be drawn on to yield security and well-being. For example, in a family system, social capital takes the form of a network of obligations. In local community group social capital facilitates coordination and cooperation for the mutual benefit of the members of the groups (Putnam 1993, World Bank 1997:78). In this sense, community empowerment is the important aspect for the better mobilization mobilization
Organization of a nation's armed forces for active military service in time of war or other national emergency. It includes recruiting and training, building military bases and training camps, and procuring and distributing weapons, ammunition, uniforms, of social capital.
A social organisation Noun 1. social organisation - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family" in the form of cohesive cohesive,
n the capability to cohere or stick together to form a mass. association maximises the utility of the group and creates trustworthiness trustworthiness Ethics A principle in which a person both deserves the trust of others and does not violate that trust that occurs in horizontal and vertical associations. The creation of trust and reciprocity reciprocity
In international trade, the granting of mutual concessions on tariffs, quotas, or other commercial restrictions. Reciprocity implies that these concessions are neither intended nor expected to be generalized to other countries with which the contracting parties is more likely in horizontal groups, especially based on kinship kinship, relationship by blood (consanguinity) or marriage (affinity) between persons; also, in anthropology and sociology, a system of rules, based on such relationships, governing descent, inheritance, marriage, extramarital sexual relations, and sometimes or other dense networks (for example, based on gender, ethnicity ethnicity Vox populi Racial status–ie, African American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic or caste caste [Port., casta=basket], ranked groups based on heredity within rigid systems of social stratification, especially those that constitute Hindu India. Some scholars, in fact, deny that true caste systems are found outside India. ) (World Bank 1997:80). However, in Nepalese context, the increasing rates of seasonal and long-term migration of the members in the communities tend to weaken the social capital. In this regard, World Bank underscores:
One implication of a trust-based functioning of networks and associations is that it is helped by stability of membership and damaged by mobility. A development path characterized by massive rural to urban migration thus runs the risks of eroding social capital. Rural associations may be thinned out by departing members and lose critical density. Urban areas may not readily provide a suitable environment for recreating these associations. However, in some .cases migrants have formed urban groups (often along ethnic lines by common region of origin) to share information about available jobs and to channel this information back to their place of origin to help prospective migrants. Like migration, involuntary resettlement due to dams or other development projects can damage social capital (World Bank 1997:80-81).
Nepal, as all other developing countries today, espouses the major aim of promoting development, which can sustain and enhance the people's quality of life. National policies should be able to translate levels of wealth into the highest possible levels of human welfare. Development without conservation of resources Conservation of resources
Management of the human use of natural resources to provide the maximum benefit to current generations while maintaining capacity to meet the needs of future generations. robs future generations welfare but conservation without development equally robs the current generations welfare (Ness and Golay 1997:18). Development cannot be sustained by simply transforming the natural capital into physical capital.
Social capital cannot be mobilised if the local communities are not empowered (World Bank 1997). The most encompassing view of community empowerment is that the local community should be granted the social and political environment that enables norms to develop and to shape social structure in the interest of the community (World Bank 1997:78). This view also includes the more formalized for·mal·ize
tr.v. for·mal·ized, for·mal·iz·ing, for·mal·iz·es
1. To give a definite form or shape to.
a. To make formal.
b. institutional relationships and structures, such as government, political regime, and rule of law, the court system and civil and political liberties (World Bank 1997:78).
Specification of community empowerment in Nepalese perspective is an important aspect. However, it is also important to keep in mind that Nepalese communities are generally divided into several sub-communities along caste/ethnic and class lines with different norms in mountains, hills and terai. Those communities are also active in domains of customary laws and justice, principally based on caste, ethnicity and religion. Those customary laws among the diverse caste, ethnic and religious groups often evolved independently (UNDP 1998:12). In this context, specification of a particular community empowerment policy covering all diverse communities is a complex phenomenon in Nepal.
Countries, regions and communities with similar endowments of natural, physical and human capital have achieved different levels of economic performance (World Bank 1997:77). It has been found that if government policies provide an enabling environment, characterized char·ac·ter·ize
tr.v. character·ized, character·iz·ing, character·iz·es
1. To describe the qualities or peculiarities of: characterized the warden as ruthless.
2. by institutional arrangements and organizational designs that enhance efficiency, exchange of information and cooperation between government and local communities, security and well-being have been achieved (World Bank 1993).
Better achievement of social well-being is possible in the full participation and partnership of both women and men. Although decision making in Nepal is primarily dominated by men, women spent most of their time related to family well-being. HMG/IUCN in this context underscores that:
The time spend by women in field work, animal husbandry, food processing and fuelwood, fodder and water collection is nearly double that of men - 4.9 compared to 2.6 hours per clay. When income earning activities and domestic work are added, the average workday for women is 10.8 hours and for men 7.5 hours. Much of women's daily activity centers on the basic resources - wood, water, land, fodder, crops and livestock, the production of food, shelter, energy and clothing and, ultimately, the concern for human health and family well-being (HMG/IUCN 1988:9-10).
It is found that if women in the local communities are empowered in decision making, they can eliminate many disorders in the local communities. It is not only effective to conserve natural resources such as forest but also effective in birth control practices. For example, organized women's groups in Bajura district Bajura district, a part of Seti zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Martadi as its district headquarters, covers an area of 2,188 km² and has a population (2001) of 108,781. of Western Nepal have been able to conserve forest (UNDP 1998:8) while Sisters' Savings and Credit Cooperative Society cooperative society
a commercial enterprise owned and run by customers or workers, in which the profits are shared among the members in Amarapuri VDC VDC Volts Direct Current
VDC Venture Development Corporation
VDC Vehicle Dynamic Control
VDC Village Development Committee (Nepal)
VDC Virtual Data Center
VdC Verband der Cigarettenindustrie in Nawalparasi district Nawalparasi district, a part of Lumbini zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Parasi, Nepal as its district headquarters, covers an area of 2,162 km² and has a population (2001) of 562,870. with a membership of 60 women show another excellent example of this kind:
The group has eliminated gambling in the community and continues to mount an increasingly successful campaign against drinking, a predominantly male indulgence. Immunization of children ... and birth control after two children have been other successful activities of the group (UNDP 1998:8).
The above instances show how women's participation in organized fashion is effective in solving the problems related to resource conservation, birth control practices as well as other local social problems.
Similarly, some locally formulated forest user-groups in rural Nepali communities where female members are also involved have already proven that local community groups are more effective at enforcing common agreements and cooperative actions when the local distribution of forest products is more equal and the benefits are shared more equally. This then provides a local case of how efficiency and equality go together. Better sharing provides an incentive for better coordination in managing local public goods, which increases productivity for everyone (World Bank 1997:81).
Ness and Golay (1997:19) suggested three major benefits to be derived from broad-based popular participation of local community groups. Firstly, more knowledge and information about local needs and resources will be put into the planning and implementing process. Secondly, adaptation to local conditions will be better; and thirdly, more effort will be mobilized by local people and groups committed to the achievement of the plans. It can be argued from the above discussion that government alone cannot act for successful development without the broad participation of local communities for which community empowerment is a basic necessity.
Though the notion `population growth as the cause of environmental degradation' is common, environmental outcomes in fact, depend on people's ways of life and the organization of their economies which, in turn, mainly depend on the effectiveness of government policies. The failure to increase food production despite the expansion of agricultural land, to preserve forest resources and to reduce population growth, despite the government's efforts in Nepal, imply the ineffectiveness of government policies. Based on the above analysis, this study concludes that not only population pressure but also ineffective population and environmental policies and inefficient development activities are the major reasons for environmental degradation. In addition, natural factors, which are mostly out of human control, also often contribute in degrading TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING. To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public.
2. As a man's character is of great importance to him, and it is his interest to retain the good opinion of all mankind, when he is a witness, he cannot be compelled to disclose the environment.
It is also recognized that government direct interventions cannot be helpful in protecting the environment. Similarly, natural, physical and human capital without social capital cannot have full effect in the development processes. So, recognition of social capital is very important. The mobilization of social capital is not possible without community empowerment. Community empowerment could be the basis for better population and environmental policies.
Table 1: Distribution of Land Use and Land Condition by Physiographic Zones, Nepal 1978/79 Land condition Terai Siwalik * Middle Mountain Open forest 2.2 8.6 18.1 Grazing and shrub 4.4 6.7 35.8 Well stocked forest 25.8 68.1 22.3 Rain-fed agricultural land 6.1 5.3 15.1 Irrigated agricultural land 50.4 7.4 7.3 Others (Gravel, rocks etc.) 11.1 3.9 1.4 Total Percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 Total area ('000 ha) 2122.0 1879.0 4350.3 Land condition High High Total Mountain Himalaya Open forest 14.7 2.1 10.3 Grazing and shrub 29.7 28.5 24.7 Well stocked forest 40.4 2.3 27.7 Rain-fed agricultural land 5.5 1.4 7.3 Irrigated agricultural land 1.4 -- 10.7 Others (Gravel, rocks etc.) 8.3 66.7 19.3 Total Percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 Total area ('000 ha) 2900.2 3497.0 14748.5 * Siwalik is the area ranging in altitude between 300-1600 meters. Source: Land Resource Mapping Project, 1986. Table 2: Distribution of Forest Area in Nepal, 1964-79 Forest area Ecological (percent of total area Percent Annual percent zones of 147181 sq.km) change change 1964/65 1978/79 Hills 38.6 37.3 -3.4 -0.2 Terai 5.3 4.0 -24.4 -2.0 Total 43.9 41.5 -5.9 -0.4 Source: Land Resource Mapping Project, 1986 Table 3: Distribution of Total Area and Proportion of Land Cultivated by Ecological Zones, Nepal 1971-91 Proportion of land area cultivated Ecological zones Total Land (1) 1971 (2) 1981 (1) 1991 (3) Mountain 51817 1.9 2.4 3.1 Hills 61345 9.9 15.5 22.8 Terai 34019 38.0 41.0 44.0 Total Percent 13.6 16.7 20.7 Total area ('000 ha) 147181 19960 24637 30520 Source: (1) CBS, 1987: (2) Dhital, 1975: (3) HMG/ADB/FINIDA, 1988 Table 4: Population Density (persons per sq. km) in Ecological Zones, Nepal, 1971-1991 Ecological Zones density in total land area Total Year Mountains Hills Terai 1971 22 99 128 79 1981 25 117 193 102 1991 28 137 253 125 density in cultivated land area 1971 700 690 330 490 1981 800 820 500 640 1991 880 960 660 780 Sources: CBS 1987: 15; CBS 1995: 135
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Morally, socially, or legally obligated to another; beholden.
[Middle English endetted, from Old French endette, past participle of endetter, to oblige to Professor Geoffery McNicoll and Dr. Terence Hull of the Graduate Program in Demography, Australian National University for their many useful comments and suggestions. I am grateful to Marian May for editing and Jacob R. S. Malungo and Yohannes Kinfu Ashagree for their comments and encouragement.
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