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Local control has improved woodlands, cut carbon emissions and created economic benefits
KATHMANDU (AlertNet) - When Reshma Kunda talks about the land surrounding her village, her voice is full of reverence.
“Our mountains and forests are like our gods. They give us grass, wood for fuel, water, medicines and food - everything we need for our lives,” says the farmer who lives in Godavari Kunda village, about 15 km (10 miles) southeast of the Kathmandu valley. “In return, we owe them protection (and must) keep them safe for future generations.”
Other residents of Godavari Kunda agree. They are part of a movement that has seen local communities across Nepal take charge of forest management - conserving and restoring woodland to mitigate the effects of climate change. At the same time, they are receiving sustainable economic benefits.
Today, a quarter of Nepal’s forests are managed by nearly 20,000 community forest user groups (CFUGs), the first of which were established by non-governmental organisations in the 1980s.
This is part one of a two-part series on the limits of human growth and prosperity on planet Earth. Both parts are based on Ramez Naam’s new book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet
Is the world doomed? Are we headed for a dystopian future, where billions of people live in poverty on a wrecked, overcrowded planet? Or an even worse world where climate change has wrecked the planet, crashing human populations?
Or is the future going to be a better place than today, one where all of our problems have been solved, and people live in peace and prosperity?
The world is facing incredibly serious natural resource and environmental challenges, to be sure: Climate change, fresh water depletion, ocean over-fishing, deforestation, air and water pollution, the struggle to feed a planet of billions.
All of these challenges are exacerbated by ever rising demand – over the next 40 years estimates are that demand for fresh water will rise 50%, demand for food will rise 70%, and demand for energy will nearly double – all in the same period that we need to tackle climate change, depletion of rivers and aquifers, and deforestation.
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Each week, Great Lakes Echo features a photo story about a different Area of Concern designated by the U.S. or Canadian governments in the Great Lakes basin. Guess where the area is located, based on the description of the site.