Community forest in Chitwan becoming a tourist attraction
31st Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
CHITWAN, July 31: Community forests in Chitwan have been conducting various activities and programs to gain income through tourism. The Setidevi Community Forest located in Bharatpur Metropolis Ward No. 16 has changed the living standards of locals. The forest provides locals with resources like wood and grass for livestock while also acting as a tourist attraction, said consumer Sarada Aryal.
Tourists flock to the forest to see the rare one-horned rhino, allowing employment opportunities to locals, often as guides. Before the forest was declared as communal, locals had to purchase necessary wood at high prices, which is not a problem anymore as locals can make use of wood from forest for any occasion.
The forest committee is also constructing a lake in the forest at a cost of Rs. 6.6 million for local tourism promotion. The Treasurer of the Setidevi Community Forest, Shukman Ghale, said that a resort is also set to start operation near the lake which will further help in bringing in more tourists, as well as provide employment opportunities for locals.