Since 2009, Awely has been carrying out actions that reduce human pressure on the forests and grasslands of the Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Nepal, to help protect the Bengal tiger.
In the context of a community-based conservation programme, and in partnership with the organisation National Trust for Nature Conservation, Awely and its Green caps develop strategies that provide alternatives to exploiting the natural resources of the Bengal tiger’s habitat. They also contribute to raising awareness about the importance of protecting forestry resources and these felines. These actions are all underpinned by the principles of sustainable development.
Many micro-projects have been established to help families living on the edge of the forest. These include a perennial grass nursery, distribution of seeds for cow feed, vegetable farming and sewing workshops, and the funding of biogas installations. These projects run in addition to education campaigns and a free health camp put in place each year.
Here are some examples of how your donations can be used for the conservation of the Bengal tiger in Nepal:
- construction of one Energy Saving Stove (reducing use of wood collected from the tiger habitat, for fuel)
- training and materials for one mushroom farmer to earn a sustainable income (and to reduce the use of forest resources)
- organisation of a street drama performance to create awareness of the importance of tiger conservation
- use of a biogas reactor and attached toilet for one family, meaning they are no longer dependant on wood for fuel
- plantation and growing of 1000 tree saplings on community land
- painting of a school wall with a tiger conservation message