Green Foundation Nepal in collaboration with different partners like Global alliance of Community Forestry (GACF), Multi stakeholder Forestry Programme (MSFP), Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Federation of Community Forestry Users (FECOFUN) organized a national level Multi Stakeholder Dialogue And Interaction Workshop On Role of Forest Certification in Nepal for Sustainable Forest Management, Enterprise Development and Improvement of Livelihood on 17th Feb, 2013 with the following objectives
Building the common understanding on Role of Forest Certification on Sustainable Management of Forest, Forest Enterprise Development and Livelihood improvements
Share the views and finding on scoping study of PEFC group certification in Nepal and get participants suggestions and views
Explore the different forest certification schemes
Different stakeholders agreed with the point that for the sustainable forest management there is high necessity of forest certification. The most important factors like forest governance and transparency will be improved if Nepal could adopt forest certification. Community forest users have shown their willingness regarding forest certification but stakeholders commented that governmental sectors are not taking any effort to establish forest certification system in Nepal. Though, Nepal has already initiated forest certification from 2003 but the process is running very slowly due to its high cost and not having national systems on it. Thus, dialogue was wrapped up by initiating the process of forming national committee which will include all the stakeholders from, governmental, non-governmental, private and academic institutions.