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 Approach to Reforestation
One of the key reasons we have chosen to partner with Eden is because of their holistic approach to reforestation. Their approach follows four key steps.
- Identify and partner with local villages that are committed to restoring their forests
- Hire and train local villagers to plant new trees
- Villagers carry out reforestation work
- Villages protect their new forest because they have a vested interest (in addition to legal protections provided by local and national governments)
This approach means that 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 a seedling survival rate of >80%.
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.