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Nepal initiated modern development and conservation processes from 1950, it used to be an exporting country for agriculture merchandise. Over sixty percent of Nepal’s land was under forest cover. The ways development we practiced until now pushed Nepal at the rank of 138th of 169 countries; one of the poorest in the world with poverty level similar to the sub-Saharan African countries of Uganda and Rwanda. Once food surplus Nepal is now food deficit one keeping citizens of 45 districts (of 75 districts) under hunger. Conservation pride Nepal often claims in effect observe diminished forest cover to 28 percent, massive landslides, unprecedented floods and drought, losses of human life and so on.

We believe our past conservation and development actions as completely driven by others. Backstopping institution helped us realizing about it. They helped in prioritizing the issues; funded to some extent; built human resources and led us the way. Now, the time has come to sustain these efforts, because conservation has more irrelevancies on changing political and social dimensions with shifting knowledge, technology and practices with special settings, priorities and consideration. What had happened earlier perhaps has some relevancy as learning phenomenon.

Now, what we need is to determine the process of how would we be proceeding? We need to demonstrate our capacity to view conservation and development as agenda of nationalities. Our experiences – successes as well as failures – are equally important to pay on this process.

Our process of conservation and development actions should be altered, and this must be done through a call of collective commitments, plans, inputs, and actions in harmonizing nature conservation on sustainable basis. Such demonstration should not be a pushed-impact. For this, 101 conservationists, environmental institutions, businessman, industrialists, and others have come up with a consensus for their collective inputs and actions in envisioning an autonomous, non-political, non-profitable and charitable Conservation Development Foundation Nepal (CODEFUND) established in June 6, 2011 and is affiliated with Social Welfare Council which aims to promote conservation development in Nepal [EVERY SINGLE EFFORT EXPEDITES MILLIONS]