Climate Resilient Forest Management System for Nepal

Date 3 Mar 2022 to 4 Mar 2022
Venue Biratnagar, Nepal
Contact Persons
Type Dissemination workshop
Programmes SERVIR-HKH

About the workshop

During the workshop, we will share and validate the products generated by the Climate Resilient Forest Management System (CRFMS) in Province 1 of Nepal.

The CRFMS will generate scientific evidence on climate change vulnerability and provide adaptation options to support forest management and planning processes at the district and provincial levels in Nepal. We have been co-developing the CRFMS for Nepal with the Department of Forests and Soil Conservation (DoFSC) and the Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE) at the federal level, and the Ministry of Forest, Environment and Soil Conservation (MoFESC) in Province 1.


The main objective of the workshop is to generate awareness about the CRFMS and disseminate and validate the products generated by the CRFMS in Province 1.

Target audience

The workshop will bring together district-level forest officials and decision makers from the MoFESC in Province 1.


Forests are important components of the livelihood system for a sizable percentage of the rural population in Nepal. They also offer an important basis for creating as well as safeguarding more climate-resilient communities. Nepal’s forest ecosystems are facing challenges due to observed and predicted impacts of climate change and anthropogenic factors. At present, there is a gap in terms of the availability of accurate information on forest degradation and on the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems. The bridging of this gap could prove crucial in assisting decision makers to make more effective plans for managing forest ecosystems.

The web-based CRFMS could provide the much-needed scientific evidence – observed and predicted impacts of climate change and degradation – to feed into the operational plans of districts in Nepal, which have a section dedicated to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The CRFMS produces a scalable web-based forest fire risk map for the entire country and provides forest fire risk levels for different municipalities and districts within Nepal. This information can be crucial for better preparedness to avoid damage to lives and livelihoods from recurrent forest fires. The CRFMS currently provides quantification for relevant adaptation options, which could be further customized as per the context of Province 1.

Resource persons


Vishwas S. Chitale

Remote Sensing Specialist – Ecosystems, ICIMOD
Sunil Thapa

Sunil Thapa

Remote Sensing and GeoInformation Analyst – SERVIR, ICIMOD
Birendra Bajracharya

Birendra Bajracharya

Chief of Party – SERVIR-HKH/Regional Programme Manager –MENRIS, ICIMOD
Lalu Maya Kadel

Lalu Maya Kadel

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, ICIMOD
Kamala Gurung

Kamala Gurung

Gender and Natural Resource Management Specialist, ICIMOD
Rabindra Maharjan

Rabindra Maharjan

Acting Province Forest Director, MoFESC, Province 1, Government of Nepal
Shankar Adhikari

Shankar Adhikari

Under Secretary, REDD Implementation Centre, MoFE, Government of Nepal


Tentative agenda

  • DAY 1 – THURSDAY, 3 MARCH 2022
    Time Session Resource person/s
    10:00–10:05 Welcome remarks Rabindra Maharjan, MoFESC
    10:05–10:15 Opening remarks Rabindra Maharjan, MoFESC
    Birendra Bajracharya, ICIMOD
    10:15–10:30 Highlights of the collaboration between ICIMOD and MoFESC, Province 1 & objectives of the workshop Rabindra Maharjan, MoFESC
    10:30–10:40 Importance of the CRFMS approach in forest management and planning in Nepal, linkage with forest strategy and Nationally Determined Contributions Shankar Adhikari, REDD Implementation Centre
    10:40–11:00  Self-introduction by participants followed by a group photo All participants
    11:00–11:15 Tea break
    11:15–12:00 Climate Resilient Forest Management System (CRFMS): Approach and outputs Vishwas Chitale, ICIMOD
    12:00–12:10  Q&A
    12:10–12:50 Demonstration of the CFRMS Sunil Thapa, ICIMOD
     12:50–13:00 Q&A
    13:00–13:45 Lunch break
    13:45–15:00 Hands-on exercise and initial assessment Vishwas Chitale, ICIMOD
    Sunil Thapa, ICIMOD
    Lalu M Kandel, ICIMOD
    Rabindra Maharjan, MoFESC
    Shankar Adhikari, REDD IC
    15:00–15:30 Feedback and discussion All participants
    15:30–16:00 Timeline of district-level operations plans for Province 1 MoFESC team
    16:00–16:15 Way forward Rabindra Maharjan, MoFESC
  • DAY 2 – FRIDAY, 4 MARCH 2022
    Time Session Resource person/s
    10:00–10:05 Aim and objectives of Day 2 Rabindra Maharjan, MoFESC
    10:05–10:15 Current status of operational plans of Morang, Udayapur, and Ilam Officials from districts
    10:15–13:15 Group work for district-level operation plan: Validation and customization of district-level data from the CRFMS ICIMOD, MoFESC and district-level team
    13:15–14:00 Lunch break  
    14:00–14:15 Reflections from group work  
    14:15–14:30 Opportunities for integration with operational plans in Province 1 Rabindra Maharjan, MoFESC
    14:30–15:00 Closing session

    Closing remarks

    Vote of thanks

    Birendra Bajracharya, ICIMOD

    Sanjeev Kumar Rai, MoFESC

    Sunil Thapa, ICIMOD