Nestled between two global powerhouses, India and China, Nepal may appear small and unassuming, but the country's allure lies not in its size, but in the remarkable diversity of its flora and fauna. Despite occupying only 0.1% of the Earth's total land area, Nepal is home to more than 3% of the world's known flora and over 1% of its fauna. The country's rich and diverse ecosystem, along with the majestic mountains, untamed rivers, unique wildlife, and dense forest contribute to Nepal's unparalleled natural beauty making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
The Lonely Planet ranks Nepal 8th in the top 10 destinations to visit in 2023. The country offers diverse attractions, from towering mountains to lush tropical national parks and wildlife reserves with vibrant ecosystem, and a spiritual ambience that appeals to a wide range of visitors.
Nonetheless, Nepal is grappling with its own environmental issues. As per a 2019 report released by the Ministry of Health and Population, the country is confronting two major environmental challenges i.e. problems arising from the pressure on natural resources, air and water, and problems resulting from climate change. Globally, Nepal ranks 109th in terms of carbon footprint, attributed to the burning of fossil fuels. Although, this may not appear critical at first glance, the concerning aspect lies in the fact that Nepal has experienced the most rapid growth in per capita emissions in South Asia. Data from the statistics published by Our World in Data reveals that Nepal's per capita CO2 emission are approximately 0.47 tonnes.
In response to the increasing concerns regarding CO2 emissions, the Nepalese government has taken significant steps to reduce the country's carbon footprint, with particular focus on preserving and developing forest areas with several government-initiated programs. Community Forestry Programs has proven crucial in effectively managing forest and conserving biodiversity.
Dharma Adventures, in its continued and modest efforts to reduce the carbon footprint and combat the escalating problem of deforestation recently organized a tree-plantation program. The initiative involved planting tree saplings while emphasizing the significance of individual contribution towards environmental conservation. We hope our small contribution is valuable in preserving Nepal’s unique natural beauty.