Nepal is still struggling with the effects of a devastating earthquake that hit the country in April 2015. Reconstruction of the infrastructure, especially in remote areas, is progressing extremely slowly, as building materials are scarce or difficult to transport to the remote villages in need. As a result, people are using wood from nearby forests to build their homes. That's a problem because those forests should be protected.
To balance the different needs, the nongovernmental organization ICIMOD is working to show people in the villages how to use their forests without clearing them. The strategy includes careful selection of tree species allowed to be chopped down, allowing others get to continue growing. Residents decide together whether a tree will be cut down or not, and who is allowed to use the forest. The goal of these efforts is to also benefit from the United Nation's REDD+ program, which rewards those who successfully preserve the forest.
A film by Sascha Quaiser