NEFEJ is a pioneer among the non-governmental organizations promoting the environmental journalism in Nepal. It led its foundation stone on June 1, 1986, and since then it has been providing the forum to debate, study, influence public policy, and raising awareness for conservation and sustainable development.
The asset of the NEFEJ is its members, which include journalists and experts from wide range of areas within environment and conservation. NEFEJ provides different types of membership and the total membership count is one hundred eighteen (118) as of May 2011. It provides “Full Member” to the environmental journalists and the members under this criterion include journalists working in different reputed national newspapers like Kantipur, Annapurna Post, Nagarik, Gorkhapatra, The Kathmandu Post, The Himalayan Times, and The Republica among others. Similarly “Associated Member” category includes natural scientists, social scientists, and bureaucrats who are willing to/able to contribute to address causes of environment and biodiversity conservation. Another type of membership is the “Honorary Member”, which is provided to the distinguished individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in the field of environmental conservation, awareness generation and sustainable development. Some of the honorary members include Rajendra Dahal, Press advisor to the President of Nepal Ram Baran Yadav; Ganesh Shah, former minister of environment; Raghu Pant, principal advisor to former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, and some other notable individuals. Likewise, “Institutional Membership” is provided to the legal entities sharing ideas of NEFEJ.