In the outermost hills of the Himalayas in Nepal, WWF recently concluded a project that worked closely with local communities to reduce land degradation, forest loss, and climate change vulnerability. The Churia range is a fragile ecosystem critical to recharging ground water, supporting agricultural production, reducing erosion, and stabilizing steep slopes during the monsoon season.
The project implemented innovative agricultural and water management practices in more than 2,000 acres. WWF worked closely with local communities to promote better management of livestock. This reduced overgrazing across nearly 20,000 acres of land, including local forests, and thus reduced associated soil nutrient loss and erosion. WWF also helped promote productive cattle breeds to improve livelihoods and reduce overall livestock numbers. Read More