Save Nepal’s Rainforests

Target: Shankar Bhandari, Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation (Nepal),

The Himalayan country of Nepal is home to one of the world’s most diverse ecologies. Yet, according to Mongabay {http://rainforests.mongabay.com/20nepal.htm}, a website focused on conservation journalism, the nation suffers from various pressures brought on by a large population and high population growth—in particular the deforestation of its small, yet precious, rainforests, a form of destruction which leads not only to a significant loss of biodiversity, but also soil erosion and flooding.

According to Mongabay, “Between 1990 and 2005, Nepal lost 1.2 million hectares of forest representing about 25 percent of its total forest cover. Primary forest cover was diminished as well, falling by nearly 11 percent during that period… Nepal has some 1,240 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles, according to figures from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these… 5.6 percent are threatened… On paper, [only] 7.6 percent of Nepal is protected under IUCN categories I-V.”

Forests are important for a variety of reasons: They provide “ecosystem services”—palpable and immediate benefits to human beings—exist as a bulwark against biodiversity loss, and act as significant carbon sinks, necessary to maintain the delicate balance of the Earth’s carbon cycle.

Please sign below to send a message to the Nepalese government that forests are important for people the world over, and that maintaining them should be a major priority.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Shankar Bhandari,

Please pressure your government to halt the deforestation of Nepal’s precious rainforests. These forests provide a variety of ecosystem services, protect biodiversity, and help mitigate climate change. They protect Nepalese citizens from flooding and soil erosion, which can damage crops.

Nepal, as partner to the Paris Climate Accord (also known as the “Paris Agreement”), has a duty to maintain its forests for the purpose of natural carbon sequestration.

We ask, through this online petition, that you act immediately to protect the wild forests of Nepal for both present generations and future ones, as well as the host of living beings that call those forests home.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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