Jalthal Forest Conservation Project, Nepal
Jalthal, the only remnant patch of unique tropical moist forest from eastern Nepal is richly biodiverse forest comprising of a wide range of habitat including lakes, rivers, forests and grasslands. It provides habitats to several threatened species like Asiatic Elephant and Indian Pangolin. The forest became degraded due to selective logging, over-grazing and fire in past, and is now being heavily infested with invasive ‘mile a minute’ weed Mikania micrantha, killing and replacing native grasses and tree species. Green Governance Nepal will work with community groups managing the forest to clear 80ha of prime elephant habitat infested with Mikania, carry out enrichment plantation of 20,000 native tree seedlings, and assist communities to produce bio-briquettes from Mikania vines to create a mechanism for continuous removal of invasive weeds. It will also rehabilitate two degraded wetlands areas, protect eroding river banks, conduct community workshops on biodiversity conservation, run a school education programme and trail clean-up programme with students as well as establish a 'Visitor Centre' and other tourism focused infrastructures.