chapter  16
Gender, migration and forest governance: rethinking community forestry policies in Nepal
ByBimbika Sijapati Basnett
Pages 17

While these are important and commendable developments and reect a growing momentum for inclusive change in Nepal, I argue that community forestry policy literature still frames ‘gender’, ‘caste’ and ‘ethnicity’ as static social relations, and women, Dalits (people of low castes) and ethnic minorities as uniformly marginalized. Moreover, individuals and communities in rural areas are still assumed to be spatially bounded, tied to their location of residence; and their relationship to forest products remains unproblematized. The latter is of concern in light of the importance of migration, both historically and in the recent past, for rural livelihoods throughout the country.