Social Science Baha

Forest, Fire and Farming: Some Observations in Guthichaur Area of Jumla District, North-western Nepal

Bharat B Shrestha

Deforestation and land use change are among the much debated environmental issues of the Nepal Himalaya. Forest degradation, deforestation and the subsequent expansion of agriculture land have been dominant phenomena in Guthichaur area of Jumla district in north-western Nepal. Population increase, inefficient use of forest resources (timber and firewood) and lack of new opportunities appear to the drivers of land use change from forest to farmland.

Keywords: Forest fire, deforestation, land use change, Jumla, Nepal.