The 7.9 earthquake in Nepal, on Saturday, April 25, 2015, has devastated millions of people in the Kathmandu Valley, both in the capital city and in rural villages in over 30 districts surrounding Kathmandu. The UN has estimated that millions are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, and the ongoing impact of this disaster is likely to be much worse in the coming days, particularly with continued after-shocks and ongoing risks of avalanches and landslides. We need your support to reach these people; please support our RI Nepal Earthquake Response Fund.
Over a third of Nepal's population is involved in community forestry or depends on the forests for their livelihoods. Despite its ecological abundance, Nepal's forest communities are also some of the poorest, with many living below the national poverty line of US$59 per year. Deforestation is contributing to reduced agricultural productivity. The recent 10-year war between the government and the Maoists has further exacerbated the poverty situation for these forest communities.
Relief International, through EnterpriseWorks/Vita, has had programs in Nepal since the late 1970s. We founded a local NGO, Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB), to implement programs for improved agricultural productivity and focus on the poorest and recently war-torn districts of Nepal, including the Northwest districts. Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) have played a pivotal role in rural livelihoods in many parts of Nepal for decades. A wide range of stakeholders and institutions concerned with biodiversity conservation, rural development and poverty reduction are paying increased attention to this sub-sector.
Nepal - Current Programs
Nepal Earthquake Response
The 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, on Saturday, April 25, 2015, has devastated millions of people in the Kathmandu Valley, both in the capital city and in rural villages in over 30 districts surrounding Kathmandu. The UN has estimated that millions are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. We need your support to reach these people. Learn More...
Nepal: Payment for Ecosystem Services
To conserve valuable ecosystem services (water, soil, biodiversity, and forest products needed by communities for food, fodder, fuel medicine and income generation) in order to reduce poverty and empower communities in rural Nepal. Learn More...