Forest Resources Assessment (Nepal)
FRA Nepal project is a bilateral co-operation between Governments of Nepal and Finland to a conduct forest resource assessment over the entire country. Key objectives of FRA Nepal project are 1) strengthening institutional capacity building, 2) maintaining forestry sector information systems and 3) collecting data of all forest based resources and data sharing among forestry organisations. National level baseline data collection is carried out by using remote sensing technology and ground based sampling. The FRA Nepal Project is implemented under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MFSC). The Department of Forest Research and Survey (DFRS) is the executing organisation.
The objective of the project is to strengthen the forestry sector in order for it to play its corresponding role in the Nepalese economy and society. The specific objectives are: to improve the provision of adequate and reliable forestry data and its processing for national forest policy development and international reporting. This project aims to collect national level baseline information required for REDD+ and to institutionalise the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system. The four key components of the project are: a forest resource assessment, forest cover mapping, open source forest information system and project management.