KATHMANDU: A workshop on conservation of natural resources and agro products was organised in the capital today by the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MFSC) and JICA- Nepal.
The workshop mainly focused on using a Japanese model called Satoyama for integrated development of natural resource management in the land arc level with community participation.
Representatives from stakeholders working in the natural resource sector and government organisations were present at the programme.
“The Japanese model will help increase production by modernising Nepal’s agro system and natural resource management,” said National Planning Commission (NPC) Secretary Yubaraj Bhusal during the inaugural session.
New Strategies will be formulated to provide technical cooperation in Nepal by analysing the exchange of knowledge, skills and experience between Japan and Nepal, he added. He further committed to prioritising the Satoyama model in the 13th plan.
Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation Joint Secretary Biswonath Oli said the programme was organised to inform about the use of Satoyama model.
Japanese Ambassador to Nepal, Kunio Takahasi said the model is important in rural agro-production along with natural resource conservation in Nepal.
JICA-Nepal Chief Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki said Nepal has enough resources and potential for the Satoyama model, which is a system in which resources are managed in view of the society and environment in an integrated way in the land arc level.
Japan has been expanding the model as an international partnership with 163 member organisations. Of them, Nepal has four members — Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Amrit Science Campus, Kathmandu Forestry College and Wild Life Watch Group.
The Steering Committee meeting will be held next April, and representatives from 25 countries will formulate new strategies.