Nepalese Forest Minister declares Swayambhu Forest a sacred forest
FSMC established Swayambhu Environmental Park as one of the World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu valley in 1993. FSMC is the body of 26 sister organisations working in this World Heritage Site for cultural and religious restoration and its aesthetic value. One of these sister organisations is the Centre for Nepal Environmental and Educational Development (CENEED). CENEED is doing its best to conserve the indigenous plants of Nepal and proliferating native plants for greenery.
A protected species Podocarpus neriifolia, which is also listed in the CITES Appendix II in Nepal, was planted by the PhD awarded members of Tribhuvan University in another function in April, 2010. Dr Shibata Syozo of Kyoto University paid a short visit to the garden and wished to support the program of CENEED in Nepal.