Nepal Reforestation Project
Site
Jodhipur (Shared Designated)
Reforestation Natural Forest 494,63 ha

Situated along the Babai River in western Nepal's Bardiya District, the Jodhipur planting site comprises 495 hectares of tropical forest. The Babai River is an important wildlife corridor connecting the forest-dominated Bardiya National Park to the lowland plains of the Terai ecological zone. The national park is home to spectacular wildlife, including wild elephants (Elephas maximus), greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), and Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris). The landscape surrounding the national park is a patchwork of agricultural fields with scattered natural forest fragments. Residents rely on the remaining forested areas for household needs such as fuelwood, livestock fodder, and medicinal and edible plants. Deforestation of this area has led to a host of environmental issues, including increased risk of flooding as well as socio-economic impacts to local communities due to topsoil erosion, low agricultural productivity, and in some cases, complete farm failure.

The nearby municipalities of Baganaha, Baniyabhar, and Dhodhari have a combined population of 31,622, including many indigenous Tharu people who have faced discrimination and economic hardship. Indigenous rights and community participation in natural resources management is central to the success of Nepal's robust community forestry program, which combats forest degradation while improving the livelihoods of rural communities.

Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden) began its reforestation efforts in Nepal in 2014 with our sponsors' help and active participation from local community forestry groups. Eden will restore and protect 601 hectares of riverine forest at the Jodhipur planting site by planting over 1.5 million trees.