National Planning Commission has launched “Nature Conservation National Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development (2015-2030)”, which contributes the integration of conservation and development efforts. The framework is prepared with technical support from IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Vice-chairman of the National Planning Commission Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada released the framework. Addressing the launching ceremony, he stressed on implementation of the strategic framework to proceed with development activities and nature conservation. “We must ensure nature responsiveness for sustainable development and we cannot separate nature from development,” he said.
Yam Malla, country representative of IUCN Nepal, informed that the framework is developed through extensive consultations throughout the nation, representing all ecological zones. “A series of interaction with experts, government and non-government agencies and civil society has made to ensure the representation of all sectors and areas from the local to the central level before giving a final shape to the framework,” he said.
The framework intends to promote the nature responsive development and thereby contribute on achieving sustainable development goals. The framework serves as an umbrella strategic framework to guide sectoral agencies on nature-responsive development along with improving accountability on nature conservation. The framework has five strategic pillars: 1) Mainstream nature conservation in development efforts, 2) Harmonize sectoral policies and strategies, 3) Strengthen coordination among sectoral bodies, 4) Valuing and accounting ecosystem goods and services on investment decision, and 5) Improving accountability on conservation.
The Government of Nepal will implement the framework through short-term implementation plan (1-3 years), mid-term implementation plan (4-8 years) and long-term implementation plan (9-15 years) during the period of 2015-2030. Different Coordination committees have will also formed in the central, district and community level to ensure implementation of the framework in an effective manner.