Panchase Protected Forest

 

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO YOUR PROTECTED AREA

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Panchase Protected Forest (PPF) is a national forest, designated as a ‘protected forest’ under Forest Act 1993 of Nepal in 2011, and is managed and controlled by the Government of Nepal. The PPF covers an area of 5,775.73 ha and lies in mid mountain region of Nepal. PPF is rich in biodiversity and has high biodiversity value. Various studies suggested that PPF is the home of 5 species of rhododendron, 107 species of medicinal plants, 8 species of fiber yielding plants, 24 species of natural dye yielding plants, 18 species of floriculture, 56 wild fungi species, 98 ferns (Including tree fern) and 107 species of orchids along with 2 endemic species. Four types of forest are predominant in PPF, they are Upper Mixed Hardwood including Gurans-Rakchan (Rhododendron-Daphniphyllum) forest, Chir Pine (Pinus roxburghii) forest, Katus-Chilaune (Schima-Castanopsis) forest, and Hill Sal (Shorea robusta) forest. Similarly, 29 faunal species are reported in Panchase area. Among them 15 species are mammals. Common leopard (Panthera pardus) is the biggest cat recorded from the area. The Himalayan black bear (Ursus thibetanus) once common was rarely seen in the area. The area is also rich in bird diversity. This area is also a good habitat for Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayansis).

 

Nine species of endemic flora have been recorded from PPF. Similarly, 14 species of flora were identified as locally rare species. There are some scattered population of endangered tree fern (Cyathea spinulosa) in the area. The area is also a good habitat for orchid species. Total of 107 species of orchids have been reported from PPF, out of which two are endemic species and 35 species have high commercial value. So PPF is also known as the capital of orchid in Nepal.

 

Moreover, It a popular destination of internal as well as external tourists. We can observe many temple and monasteries in this area and local people celebrate amazing festivals and cultural traits based on Hinduism and Buddhism. Likewise, it is the catchment area of popular fewa lake of Pokhara which is a renounced tourist destination of Nepal. Recognizing its rich biodiversity, forest resources as well as cultural and spiritual values, Department of Forest, Government of Nepal has prepared a 20 years management plan and started it implementation from 2012.

Organization name Panchase Protected Forest Office
Address Pokhara Metropolitan City-1, Bagar, Gandaki Province, Nepal
Organization website www.dof.gov.np
Contact person’s name Mr. Saligram Parajuli
Contact person’s mailing address Panchase Protected Forest Office, Pokhara, Kaski
Contact person’s email kasdfo@dof.gov.np
Contact person’s telephone Pokhara Metropolitan City-1, Bagar, Gandaki Province, Nepal
Contact person’s fax +977-61520171
Recommendations to IAPA  
The common issues your PA wish to address via the IAPA’s help 1.       Promote conservation education and eco-tourism, enhance public awareness of the PA conservation, and reduce the threats to PAs. Improve the social status and influence of PAs, and increase support to PAs from society.

2.       Develop cooperation and communication mechanisms between the world’s PAs to share advanced conservation management policies and technologies and jointly improve management standards of PAs;