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Creating an 8,000 m. Vertical University to Conserve Nepal's Biodiversity

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THE STORY:

Ktk-belt Inc wrote -

The eastern region of Nepal comprises one of the world’s 35 global ‘biodiversity hotspots,’ with more than 6,700 species of vascular plants, 180 mammal types, and 800 bird species, including many species that are endemic or found nowhere else on earth.

This biodiversity is at risk due to habitat loss in the Himalayas. Between 1990 and 2005, Nepal lost more than 1.2 million hectares of forest or 25% of its forest cover. This was caused by poorly planned urbanization, land grabs and a lack of viable, economic alternatives to take pressure off of wild habitats. The loss of forests and habitat connectivity threatens the existence of numerous organisms that rely on habitat connectivity for  survival.

Local farmers have intricate knowledge of the uses of hundreds of locally found species of fauna and flora. This knowledge, assembled over generations through deep contact with the natural environment, is vital for adaptation to change. Inspired by the possibility of activating the hidden layer of indigenous knowledge held by these farmers and converting the landscape into a ‘Vertical University’ for the entire eastern region, the KTK-BELT project was launched in 2014. 

By creating hundreds of Learning Gounds, essentially micro-conservation hubs at different elevations, linked with a plant trail, our dream is that a Nepali child can walk across 118 forest types across 8,000 vertical meters and directly experience this biodiversity.

Minimum Fundraising Targets for Crowd Rise:

Pangolin Conservation = $5,000

Support 10 BELT fellows ($2000/year/fellow) = $20,000

Support 150 BELT farmers ($100 / farmer/ year) = $15,000

Support Yangshila’s outdoor education program = $10,000 

Nighure Campus and seed banks: $50,000

Tamur campus and Masterplan : $25,000

Koshi Tappu Campus: $25,000 

Total: $150,000

Media:

http://www.alpine-club.org.uk/ac2/2-uncategorised/133-raise-100-000-by-feb-24-saving-natural-wonders-kangchenjunga-3

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rajeev-goyal/creating-an-8000-m-vertic_b_9289050.html

http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/photos-creating-25000-foot-vertical-university-nepal


$1,961

MONEY RAISED
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  • Malabika Das

    $1,111

  • Milly Das

    $250

  • Nick & Sharmila

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

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The Team: $157,782 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Ktk-belt Inc

Amount Raised

$108,317

Fundraiser Title

Adarsha Bajracharya

Amount Raised

$22,096

Fundraiser Title

Swapnil Chaudhari

Amount Raised

$6,126

 

123% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amit Saxena

Amount Raised

$5,085

Fundraiser Title

Priyanka Bista

Amount Raised

$2,975

Fundraiser Title

Malabika Das

Amount Raised

$1,961

Fundraiser Title

SANMAN THAPA

Amount Raised

$1,636

 

82% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rick Pal

Amount Raised

$1,350

 

21% Raised of$6,470 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Nick & Sharmila

Nick & Sharmila

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Milly Das

Milly Das

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Malabika Das

Malabika Das

DONATION: $1,111

For Nepal's ecological biodiversity 3 years ago