Green agricultural and environmental activities in Nepal

After the Green-E training was completed in Portugal, the participants of the training conducted training programs to youths back in Nepal. Campaign for Change-Nepal (CCN) realised the people needed some motivation to enter to the green entrepreneurship, their desire to enter into green programs. Since agriculture is the main occupational activity in Nepal and has a huge governmental focus, we decided to motivate the local people in Kathmandu to be involved in the green agricultural and environmental activities.

Bagmati River, the holy river starts from the mountains of the Kathmandu Valley, runs through the Kathmandu and Patan and mixes to the other rivers in the South-East Nepal finally flowing towards the Indian Ocean. Bagmati River and its tributaries are the disposal a site of untreated sewages produced inside the Kathmandu Valley and is highly polluted. The government has launched Save Bagmati Program to improve the condition of the Bagmati River focusing the river water and the corridors of the river. The government handed the river banks to some organisations and the local community associations.

 The area of Subidanagar and Shankamul from the Bagmati flows was handed to the local community and allows them to improve and maintain the corridor area. Campaign for Change-Nepal (CCN), believing that once people are motivated to environmental sustainability and green activities decided to conduct the plantation program inside crowded and polluted Kathmandu. CCN collaborated with the local community of that area to plant the trees alongside the river and maintain the greenery in the riverside. CCN conducted training for the youths focusing the green sustainability of the environment through the trainees of the training program in Portugal. The training team then arranged about 200 plants of different species including several fruits species that were suitable to grow in that area. Along with the local community people, CCN volunteers planted trees in that area. There was a huge local participation and also the students from several colleges also joined the program. The plants were planted and watered daily and in month duration, the invasive grasses growing near the plants were cleared out regularly. The motto of the program was to encourage the youths and the local community to be involved in the green activities. Local people understood the necessity of green environmental activities and the possible entrepreneurship with green focus.

Receiving the success in the first program of the activities of Green E, CCN re-launched the plantation and awareness program in the continuing area of the riverside and arranged 270 plants of different fruit and timber species to continue the go green program in the Bagmati River. Again, there was a huge local participation as we successfully were able to grow several plants and maintain them regularly. The community people finally know that the waste reuse and fruit gardening can help to contribute to the community economy growth, this can develop some entrepreneurship in the green sector.