Waiting for Robin Hood

Kathmandu' s public lands policy has actually hastened the decline of Nepali forests. Only a Robin Hood-like strategy that reverts control of woodlands back to the people can bring the trees back on the hillsides.

The areas most devastated by Nepali politics of the past three decades were human rights, social and economic opportunities for the poor majority, and the natural environment. The damage to the natural environment was due to degradation in the other two areas. Despite tiring talk of development, the human right to development was ignored by Panchayat polity. Being economically poor meant also being environmentally distressed.

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