Collaborative Design

Comunity-Based Conservation

Environmental Education

ABOUT KTK BELT

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KTK-BELT Project is a platform for farmers, teachers, designers and environmentalists working together to build community-based biodiversity conservation strategies for the eastern region of Nepal. Local farmers possess deeply embedded place-based knowledge of their environments and, therefore, have the capacity to steward them. Working directly with a local farmers cooperative, Yangshila Permaculture Learning Grounds (YPLG), we’re building a 100-acre community land trust, encompassing 20 different critical ecological habitats spanning the range of 180 to 1950 masl, containing more than 500 native plant species, as a strategy for restoring forests in the eastern region of Nepal and building ‘living classrooms’ to sustain indigenous knowledge. With a focus on habitat conservation, place-based education and sustainable livelihoods diversification, we are developing Yangshila into the eastern region’s first ‘vertical university.’

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About the 'Vertical University'

Inspired by the possibility of activating the hidden layer of indigenous knowledge and converting the landscape into a ‘Vertical University’ for the entire eastern region, the KTK-BELT project was launched in 2013. To harness local implementation capacity, Yangshila Permaculture Learning Grounds (YPLG), a farmers’ cooperative was created in 2013, and 100 acres of land was acqu...

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PROJECT PORTFOLIO

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Kanchenjunga Learning Grounds

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Koshi Tappu Learning Grounds

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Kurule Tenupa Learning Grounds

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Pragati Chowk

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Rangcha SEED Bank

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Sikti Trail

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Dahar Learning Grounds

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Belt Fellows

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BELT Corridors

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KTK BELT Fellows

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Rangcha Resource Hub

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Human Ecology Mapping Project

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