The ProjectNepal is the world’s 25th most species-rich country and has 7,000 species of high-value plants, mainly in the mountains. Funding raised will plant 80,000 native, high-value tree species on about 50 hectares in remote parts of three mountainous districts (Dhading, Gorkha, and Sankhuwasabha) in Nepal. The proposed areas are near high-potential, off-the-beaten-track trekking trails but suffer from deforestation and ecosystem degradation caused by human (mis)use such as hunting, poaching, illegalt timber harvesting and collection of plants, made worse by the 2015 earthquakes and landslides. Local communities and government officials will be deeply involved in project planning, site preparation, tree planting, and site monitoring and management for the long term. The project will:
- establish nurseries to grow high-value planting stock both for project sites and on private land
- create a sustainable community resource and capacity to maintain it.
- provide training and workshops to benefit the communities with new skills and knowledge and a more sustainable approach to natural resource management
- help strengthen the communities' potential to benefit from ecotourism by contributing to a more beautiful, interesting, safer, and more sustainable outdoor experience.