Social Development Specialist, Shankar Pokharel along with Office Manager, Padam Bayak attended a meeting on behalf of RAP3 MHLR with Divisional Forest Officer with DFO Assistant and Ranger on 24th-25th February 2019 at Simikot. The terms and conditions regarding trees to be felled that falls in MHLR road corridor was discussed in the meeting. DFO, Humla came to an agreement after the discussions and is positive that forest clearance required for the construction of Mugu Humla Link Road will be carried out . Following the cabinet decision of the Government of Nepal, a formal agreement was signed between the DFO, Humla and RAP3 MHLR. As per the agreement on Humla/Chankheli side, 13,767 trees are to be cut down and plantation to be done at a ratio of 25 new trees for every 1 tree felled within MHLR road corridor in Humla section.
Mr. Toya Nath Poudel signed the agreement on behalf of Division Forest Office (DFO) and Mr. Shankar Pokharel signed on behalf of RAP3 MHLR while Mr. Lok Jung Shahi and Mr. Padam Bayak also signed the agreement as witness from DFO and MHLR respectively.
Furthermore, DFO, Humla has announced to have a short visit to project site and assign their staff at forest clearing area before allowing permission for the collection of timber and firewood.