With the loss of over 70% of the nations forest cover, Nepal desperately needs new trees planted and protected to help the animals and people that depend so much on the local environment. Trees planted here also capture and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world where rural villagers directly depend on their natural environment for food, shelter, and income. When the local environment is damaged or destroyed, the poor are the first to feel the negative effects. Forced to live on marginal lands, they are at greatest risk. Without financial resources or the knowledge to manage vulnerable resources in a sustainable way, they often further degrade their lands in order to survive. By continuing to destroy nature to survive, the problem perpetuates their poverty and damages the homes and food supplies of the local wildlife.
With our partner, Eden Reforestation Projects, we work to support poverty alleviation and environmental restoration in three distinct areas across the country:
A mountainous region of Nepal, Nawalparasi is filled with challenging terrain that is increasingly unstable in deforested areas. As new trees are planted and their roots grow into the ground they naturally anchor the soil and help protect these remote villages from landslides and rock falls.
Vast, flat grasslands and dense forests dominate Nepals easternmost district, Jhapa. By working with local villagers and community leaders, Eden Reforestation Projects helps restore previously forested land in the region. With fresh trees these previously barren lands are attracting wildlife back to the local area to find food, water and shelter. Recently this has included elephants leaving fresh tracks and fresh dung around the freshly planted trees.
Chitwan National Park
Established in 1973, Chitwan - meaning “heart of the jungle” - was the first national park in Nepal. Set in The Chitwan Valley and characterised by its tropical and subtropical forests, the national park is home to diverse and rare wildlife including bengal tigers, clouded leopards and Asian rock pythons (that can grow up to 20 feet!). Preserving and replanting these woods are essential for the survival of these animals.