Where We Work
Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. 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 the greatest risk of experiencing these effects. Without financial resources or the knowledge to manage vulnerable resources sustainably, they often further degrade their lands to survive. In this way, the problem perpetuates their poverty.
Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden) is working to support poverty alleviation and environmental restoration across the country and has already planted more than 7 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 helps protect and create a reforested buffer zone vital to protecting animal habitat.
- Located in the Western region of Nepal
- Challenging terrain that is unstable in deforested areas
- New trees provide great benefits in anchoring the soil and protecting the villages from environmental disasters
- Located along the Southeastern tip of Nepal, bordering India
- Characterized by flat grasslands and dense forest
- Eden is working 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