Today less than 30% of Nepal's forests remain and the consequences of this environmental degradation are devastating for local populations.
Why reforest in Nepal?
Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world with many communities depending on the natural environment for food, shelter, and income. Today, less than 30% of its original forests remain due to over-harvesting, forest fires, and agriculture. The effects of this degradation are devastating for the local communities and wildlife.
81% of the population
in Nepal live in rural areas
27 endangered mammal species
call Nepal's forests their home
How we started
In 2015, our reforestation campaign began helping improve local livelihoods and restoring forests in Nepal. In partnership with Chitwan National Park, and through local leadership and Nepalese employees’ support, we planted close to 400,000 seedlings in the first year. Since then, we have grown our work in Nepal to sites spread across geographic landscapes. Our tree plantation sites are located around community forests from the mountainous Nawalparasi District to the lowland alluvial plains in the Terai Region and around the subtropical and tropical rainforests in Chitwan National Park to develop a thriving ecosystem.
- Located in the Western region of Nepal in the Himalayan Mountains
- Challenging terrain with a highly active tectonic region that is unstable in deforested areas
- New trees provide great benefits in anchoring the soil and protecting the communities from environmental disasters
- Located along the Southeastern tip of Nepal, bordering India
- Characterized by flat grasslands and dense forest
- We work with local people and community leaders to restore previously forested land in the region
Chitwan National Park
- Located in South Central Nepal
- The Chitwan Valley is characterized by its tropical and subtropical forests
- Established in 1973, Chitwan, which means "Heart of the Jungle," was the first national park in Nepal
"Only at Eden": female-led projects
Over half of our Nepalese reforestation campaign workforce are women, and for many, it is their first opportunity for consistent employment. Our nursery employee, Nima, was struggling to find work after losing her business due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Her determination led her to connect with our team in Nepal and she is now earning a living wage. All of our reforestation work in Nepal is led by our fearless National Director, Rachhya, who has seen local forests destroyed and is now a big part of the restoration. These women are two examples of many who are overcoming gender inequality in their nation.
At our initial reforestation campaign sites, we are seeing forests reemerging and natural regeneration taking place. We have also expanded to 32 project sites, and we are continuing to explore new regions in critical need of restoration. Through this work, hundreds of women and men are provided with consistent employment, giving them the opportunity for economic self-sufficiency.
12 million+ trees
produced, planted, and protected
empowered with fair wages