4.5 million Nepalese trees planted by local villagers
Last updated September 13th, 2020
Restoring fragile land and fighting climate change
Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world and rural villagers in Nepal 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. In this way, the problem perpetuates poverty.
Eden Reforestation Projects is working to support poverty alleviation and environmental restoration across the country and has already planted over 4 million trees. Starting in 2015, Eden has been working in 3 distinct regions across the country, including a partnership with Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site in Nepal. By partnering with the National Park system, Eden Projects is helping to protect and create a reforested buffer zone that is vital to protect animal habitat.
So far, reforestation efforts in Nepal have planted 4.5 million trees, creating 45 thousand working days for local villagers.
The Carbon Impact
By planting trees, you can be sure of your carbon impact. Trees capture and permanently store carbon dioxide from the air in their trunks. Capturing CO2 from the air is how they grow; it is nature’s solution to climate change. All we need do is plant the trees and give them room to grow. Reduce My Footprint works to ensure that your trees capture enough CO2 to offset your lifestyle according to your subscription plan.
The Principles of Reforestation
One of the key reasons we have chosen to partner with Eden is because of their holistic approach to reforestation. Eden is the most successful tree planting charity in the world because they work with local communities to plant and protect their forests. This ensures trees are planted and preserved over the long term.
Not only is the reforestation work done well and rigorously, but it also provides local jobs and gains the support of the local community. Using this method Eden has achieved an incredible seedling survival rate of >80%. The survival rate of trees we plant is of course taken into account in your subscription.
Over time the forests themselves become self-sustaining and begin to naturally grow even more trees. The good deed of planting trees ripples out to create even greater impact. Your subscription to Reduce My Footprint considers the further natural forestation as additional to your impact.
How we capture carbon in Nepal
Partner with local communities
Successful reforestation means identifying and partnering with communities that care about and are invested in their forests
Local villagers plant trees
Local people are hired and trained to reforest their communities. Workers are provided with fair salaries and training
Trees capture and store carbon
Trees are then left to grow, protected by the local communities that planted them. Trees capture carbon every year as they grow