Broom Grass: Rehabilitation of Forests Degraded by Shifting Cultivation/Slash and Burn Agriculture
Broom Grass: Rehabilitation of Forests Degraded by Shifting Cultivation/Slash-and-Burn Agriculture
Degradation of forest through slash-and-burn agriculture by poor families with no alternative is common in parts of Nepal. This practice disrupts biological corridors and causes soil erosion and landslides. Planting broom grass was the answer to rehabilitating degraded forests, restoring ecological connectivity and improving the livelihoods of local communities in Tanahun district, Nepal. Decrease in soil erosion, increase in vegetation, cleaner water flowing to Trishuli River, regeneration of tree species, and re-connection of north-south corridor between Chitwan National Park and Annapurna Conservation area are changes that are visible within the last 3-4 years brought about by the ‘Rehabilitation of Areas Degraded by Shifting Cultivation and Slash and Burn Agriculture.’ The project is implemented by the District Forest Office (Tanahun) with support from the Hariyo Ban Program funded by USAID.