Promoting forest restoration through invasive species management

Jalthal has been conserving biodiversity in community forests of Nepal through field actions and capacity building of key stakeholders i.e. community forest user groups (CFUGs). Jalthal forest has been the primary site to demonstrate practical models of biodiversity conservation and forest restoration. Jalthal forest, paradoxically, shows diversity and degradation simultaneously.

Restoring forest degraded by IAPS demands a well-planned and longer term investment. To ensure sustainability of  IAPS removal and forest restoration, ForestAction initiated compost production using biomass of invasive species. The composting method is an improved version of traditional one practiced by local people since long.

Composting of invasive species is not a standalone activity, rather linked with invasive species control, natural regeneration protection and ultimately, forest restoration.  Composting enhances age-old practice of forest-farm interaction and fosters sustainable agriculture.