Nepal Reforestation Project
Over 480 hectares of mangrove planted within city limits (2021) and countless empowered women
Nepal is a diverse nation with magnificent snow-capped mountains to the north, hot tropical plains to the south, dramatic and varied landscapes, and spectacular wildlife. Chitwan National Park alone hosts more than 700 species of wildlife, including leopards and the elusive Bengal tiger. It is also home to various cultures united by their close relationship with nature that have remained insulated from much of the socioeconomic development enjoyed in urban regions. Yet, they are subject to more significant environmental hazards, perpetuating high levels of inequality.
Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden) began its Nepal Reforestation Project in 2014 to help improve local livelihoods and restore forests in areas of critical importance. The planting sites are located around Community Forests from the mountainous Nawalpur District to the lowland alluvial plains in the Terai Region and around Chitwan National Park to develop a buffer zone around this national biodiversity treasure.
Women’s empowerment is a core principle and goal for Eden in Nepal. In a country where gender inequality is pervasive, Eden has cultivated a project where the local leadership team is composed entirely of women. Planting and nursery management teams also have a women majority.
2,017 sq km with 41% covered with forest, and harbors the richest biodiversity in Nepal
27°46’14.03”N, 84° 5’33.87”E
The Churia Hills are a working landscape composed of tropical and subtropical forests interspersed with traditional terraced agriculture