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Consultative meeting on Compensation policy for human-wildlife conflict and crop damages

Consultative meeting on Compensation policy for human-wildlife conflict and crop damages

Today, the Natural Resources and Environment Committee conducted a consultative meeting with key representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MoENR) and the Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock (MoAL) to better understand the Compensation Policy addressing human-wildlife conflict (HWC) and crop damages resulting from natural calamities.

The MoENR officials shared insights into the HWC compensation policy, which is enshrined in both the Forest and Nature Conservation Act of 2023 and Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Regulation 2023. Additionally, the officials informed the Members that they are actively exploring the redesign of the HWC Insurance Scheme (Pilot), supported by UNDP BioFIN.

The MoAL emphasized the susceptibility of agriculture to various natural hazards, including landslides, soil erosion, floods, lake outbursts, incessant rainfall, and other calamities resulting in crop damages.

Furthermore, the MoAL outlined the existing compensation policy for crop damages and revealed ongoing efforts to develop crop and livestock insurance schemes in collaboration with insurance companies and other donors.

The consultative meeting concluded with an interactive question and answer session to seek clarification on pertinent issues.

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