The Government of Nepal endorsed the Environment Friendly Local Governance (EFLG) Framework on October 9 2013. The objective of the EFLG Framework was to mainstream pro-poor, inclusive, and gender responsive environmental, climate change, and disaster risk reduction criteria into local government policies, plans, systems, structures, mechanisms and working procedures. Based on the EFLG Framework, the Ministry of Federal Affair and Local Development (MoFALD) developed Environment Friendly Local Governance Programme (EFLGP) in order to restore the deteriorated environment and safeguard the poor and vulnerable people from the climate change and related risks.
Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) together with Clean Energy Nepal organized this discussion program with the aim to aware and empower the youth from different background on EFLG Framework, its implementation and possible way forward in federal structure on 14th July 2017 at ENPHO Hall, Thapagaon, Baneshwor. Ms. Ramila Bhandari from MoFALD as a resource person initiated her presentation with a brief highlight on “EFLG Framework and its relation to constitution of Nepal, 2015”. Giving the short overview and background about the planning process and formation of EFLG framework, she shared the vision of the EFLG framework as to establish environmental governance and create a sustainable environment-friendly society. She highlighted the importance of the framework from household level to village and municipality levels. She explained the broader objective, expected result and the indicators of the framework in brief. She informed that there were 344 indicators that were used to assess the progress of local bodies towards EFLG status at household, settlement, wards, rural/municipality and public offices. Continuing her presentation she further clarified about the coordination mechanism and implementation strategy of EFLG framework and linked it with the EFLG Programme which was developed by MoFALD based on the EFLG frame work. The EFLG Programme was designed to combat with the impacts of climate change& disaster and conserve the environment aiming to build climate resilient society and restore the deteriorating environment ultimately leading to decrease in poverty, she added. She also shared that EFLGP was implemented in 14 Districts, 54 Municipalities and 60 Village Development Committees under broader Local Governance and Community Development Program (LGCDP) as a pilot project since December 2014. She also presented on the EFLGP planning process, coming fiscal year plans and budget allocation, achievements, challenges, opportunities and ways ahead for the implementation of EFLGP in federal structure. The presentation was followed by discussion program. Various queries like how does EFLGP helps to vulnerable people, why is it implemented in few districts only, role of EFLG in human wildlife conflict management etc were raised by the participants during the discussion program. All such queries were addressed by Ms. Bhandari and suggested the youths to follow the norms of EFLGP and begin from their home and community to make them environment friendly.
Over 40 participants from different academic institutions and organizations attended the program.