Kathmandu, Nepal � The Hariyo Ban Program (2011-2016) came to a close benefitting over 450,000 vulnerable people with livelihoods, climate change adaptation, and post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction activities in two conservation areas � the Chitwan-Annapurna Landscape and the Terai Arc Landscape. The $39.7 million program brought over 50,000 hectares of degraded or deforested areas under improved management, sequestering CO2 emissions in Nepal by 3.7 million metric tons.
The Hariyo Ban Program is funded by USAID and implemented through a consortium comprising WWF Nepal, CARE Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation, and the Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal in partnership with the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation.
Applauding the successful completion of Hariyo Ban's first phase, USAID's Environment Team Leader, Dr. Karl Wurster said, Hariyo Ban was a tremendous success. Over the past five years, endangered wildlife populations increased and enabled hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people to better adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The Hariyo Ban Program was awarded a five-year (2016-2021) $18 million follow-on project to build on and sustain the results of the first phase.
We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of the last five years with so many partners. The important lessons learned will be applied to the second phase of the project, stated Ms. Judy Oglethorpe, Hariyo Ban's Chief of Party.