Assessment of the land use land cover change in the forest corridor of Lamahi bottleneck area of Terai Arc Landscape Nepal Major Project Report Submitted by Degree of Master of Science in Natural Resource Management

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Assessment of the land use land cover change in the forest corridor of Lamahi bottleneck area of Terai Arc Landscape Nepal Major Project Report Submitted by Degree of Master of Science in Natural Resource Management
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    Assessment of the land use land cover change in the forest corridor of Lamahi bottleneck area of Terai Arc Landscape Nepal Major Project Report Submitted by Ram Bichari Thakur For the partial fulfilment of the    Degree of Master of Science in Natural Resource Management Submitted to Department of Natural Resources TERI University New Delhi May 2012  i Declaration  ii Certificate This is to certify that Mr. Ram Bichari Thakur has carried out his major project in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science in  Natural Resource Management on the topic “ Assessment of the land use land cover change pattern in the forest corridor of Lamahi bottleneck area of Terai Arc Landscape Nepal" ” during January 2011 to May 2011. The project was carried out in Dang District under the close supervision of the Mid-Western Regional Forest Directorate, Birendranagar, Surkhet, Nepal". The report embodies the srcinal work of the candidate to the  best of our knowledge. Date: May, 2012 Signature: Mr Bishwa Nath Oli (External Supervisor) Regional Forest Director Mid-western Regional Forest Directorate, Birendranagar, Surkhet,  Nepal Signature: Dr P.K. Joshi (Internal Supervisor) Professor & Head Department of Natural Resources TERI University, New Delhi, India Dr P K Joshi Professor & Head Department of Natural Resources TERI University  New Delhi  iii Acknowledgement First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere and profound gratitude to Dr P.K. Joshi, Prof. and Head of Department of Natural Resources, TERI University, New Delhi and Mr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Regional Forest Director of Mid-western Regional Forest Directorate, Surkhet, Nepal for continuous guidance, help, encouragement, guidance and practical suggestions extended to complete this project. I would like to express my sincere gratitude and deep respect to Dr Joachim Schmerbeck, Assistant Professor of TERI University, New Delhi for his valuable inputs and suggestions to accomplish this report despite his busy schedules. My sincere gratitude and deep respect goes to Mr Mike Wheelhouse, chairman of Sindicatum Climate Change Foundation, United Kingdom for providing scholarship to accomplish M.Sc. Natural Resource Management in TERI University, New Delhi. A very special appreciation goes to Ms Richa Sharma and Mr Bhartendu Pandey for providing valuable insight during the preparation of this report. I am particularly indebted to Dr Bakhim , Dr C.K. Singh, Ms Richa Mahatta, Mr Anirudha Ghosh for providing useful guidance for the preparation of land use land cover map. Sincere thanks goes to my field assistants Mr Min Bahadur Mahatara, student of B.Sc. Forestry, Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus, Pokhara. I am also grateful to all interviewees and others from the study areas for their support in providing information for this study. A deep appreciation is extended to my wife Mrs. Nirmala Phulara Thakur for her inspiration, patience, understanding and constructive comments shown during field study as well as report preparation. Last but not the least, I wish to thank all others who directly or indirectly assisted me towards the completion of this study. Ram Bichari Thakur M.Sc. Natural Resource Management TERI University, New Delhi  iv List of Acronyms and Abbreviations AOI Area of Interest D Dominance 1-D Simpson index D.B.H. Diameter at Breast Height D.F. Degree of Freedom DFO District Forest Office DNPWC Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation DoF Department of Forests D.R.C. Diameter at Root Collar ELC European Landscape Convention ETM +  Enhanced Thematic Mapper GIS Geographic Information System GoN Government of Nepal GPS Global Positioning System H Shannon diversity index ha. Hectare ht. Height HMG His Majesty's Government ICIMOD International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
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