A Forest for Dr Gurung
Dr Gurung was one of the passengers aboard the ill-fated chopper that crashed in Taplejung on 23 September 2006.
The community forest user group of the Janahit Community Forest held a meeting on 15 October and decided unanimously to call their forest Dr Chandra Gurung Memorial Community Forest. They will also plant 5,000 saplings by December 2006.
Meanwhile, on 11 October 2006, eight user committees of Chitwan National Park Buffer Zone set up a memorial trust for those who perished in the Taplejung crash. They will mark 23 September every year by honouring individual contributions to local biodiversity conservation. The details of the memorial trust, Sanrakshan Bigya Smriti Kosh, are being worked out.
Nepal has made remarkable headway in community forestry. Mobilization of local people for community forestry and natural regeneration programmes are a high priority in WWF-initiated programmes in the Terai Arc Landscape-Nepal. The use of these forests by species like the rhino, elephant and tiger are an indication of the success of community forestry and natural regeneration programmes.
Dr. Gurung advocated community participation in conservation and traveled around the country to encourage people to work together for a living planet.