Welcome to Kathmandu Forestry College(KAFCOL)

Kathmandu Forestry College (KAFCOL) is a vibrant and growing academic institution (a public company) located in Koteshwor, Kathmandu. The College has been running B.Sc. Forestry program in affiliation with Tribhuvan University, Nepal since its establishment in 2005, and Diploma in Forestry program in affiliation with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Government of Nepal, since 2009. Since 2012, KAFCOL has been collaborating with University of Salzburg, Austria to jointly run a M.Sc. Program in Geographical Information Science and Systems (UNIGIS MSc). We have started a new M.Sc. Program in Natural Resources Management and Rural Development (MSc in NRM-RD) from 2015 in affiliation with the Tribhuvan University. The college has also been undertaking research and outreach projects related to biodiversity, forestry, and natural resources management. The College was jointly established by the Nepal Agroforestry Foundation (a national NGO working for promotion of agroforestry) and a group of forestry and natural resource management professionals.

Vision

KAFCOL's vision is to become a Centre of Excellence in Education and Research related to Forestry and Natural Resources Management.

Mission

The mission of KAFCOL is to produce qualified and competent human resource, become resourceful and spread its network through education, research, training, and outreach in multi and trans-disciplinary fields (focusing on Forestry and Natural Resources Management) for addressing the ever increasing challenges of sustainable development in Nepal and beyond.

Values

  • No discrimination based on belief, religion, caste-ethnicity, nationality and gender
  • Respect to inclusiveness and plurality of views and socio-cultural diversity in the pursuit of quality education
  • Value and promote merit and competence while respecting inclusion and diversity
  • Responsive to changes (global and local)
  • Social responsibility to environmental issues
  • Apolitical knowledge center
  • People first-students, faculty, staff, promoters, and the community at large

Objectives

  • Produce competent human resources in forestry, natural resources management, GI Science and other relevant field through high quality education and research.
  • Engage and promote interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and outreach to generate new knowledge, skill, technology and practices hand-in-hand with teaching.
  • Establish networks and collaboration with relevant institutions to improve academic excellence, policy feedback and visibility.
  • Develop and strengthen institutional capacity

Other services

KAFCOL organizes occasional seminars and talk programs by national and international experts who have excelled in their respective fields relevant to the College.

We also offer training and consultancy services on a wide range of subjects, such as:

  • Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Land use and land cover changes
  • Participatory Action Research and Social Transformation
  • GIS, GPS and remote sensing applications to forestry, natural resources management, and other fields
  • NTFPs Enterprise and Value Chain Development
  • Livelihood Improvement and Local Capacity Building
  • Access and Benefit Sharing from Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge
  • Livelihood Enhancement through Agroforestry Promotion
  • Participatory Non-Timber Forest Resource Assessment Climate Change Impacts and its Mitigation Gender and Social Inclusion
  • Preparation of Community Forestry Operational Plans for Addressing Second and Third Generation Issues
  • Alternative Energy and Bio-diesel Production