Nepal’s Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) and WWF Nepal entered into a milestone partnership to guide conservation programming in the context of Nepal’s local level elections and new federal structure. Under the MoU signed between MoFALD and WWF Nepal today, the two organizations will co-develop and implement projects and programmes related to conservation and sustainable development under the existing and future federal governance mechanisms in Nepal.
Nepal will hold its first local elections in 20 years on 14 May 2017 as guided by Nepal’s new constitution. A key impact of this is expected to be in the working mechanisms of conservation and development programs and projects, with most of the environmental issues to be implemented by local government units.
For the past several years, WWF Nepal worked directly with the central government ministries in conservation; this milestone partnership with MoFALD – Nepal’s key ministry that handles federal governance issues – will help open avenues for collaboration with federal units under Nepal’s new political context.
“Through this MoU, the government and WWF Nepal will work together towards mainstreaming the issues of environment and climate change in development activities implemented at the federal and local levels,” stated Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, Secretary of MoFALD.
A key element of the MoU is the capacity building of the newly elected representatives of the 744 local government bodies that will implement environmental programs and projects in the future. This collaboration will also extend towards gaining access to funds from bilateral and multilateral agencies including Green Climate Fund, Global Environment Facility and NAMA Facility for development and environment conservation projects in Nepal.
Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal said, “WWF Nepal’s maiden partnership with the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development is expected to be a stepping stone in building best practices in conservation and development in the backdrop of Nepal’s new federal structure.”
The MoU will be effective from 21 April 2017 till 20 April 2024.