Nepalese workers and their trade unions are committed to fighting climate change by protecting Nepal’s beautiful forests and livelihoods, and are taking concrete actions to reduce deforestation. For over 30 years Nepalese communities have been working hard to manage their forests and to help protect their environment.
Between 119 million and 1.42 billion people all over the world depend, to some extent, on forests for the resources and services they provide, but forestry workers are often poorly paid and work in difficult conditions. Forests and trees are important for combating climate change; trees are true “carbon sinks” and it pays to protect them in more ways than one.
The eradication of illegal tree tiling, providing better training and working conditions for forestry workers, establishing protected areas of forest, reforestation of degraded areas with autochthonous species that guarantee biological diversity and forest clean-up, all lead to a reduction in the number of illegal jobs, often forced labour, occupational accidents, and to protecting the environment and combating climate change. This could also lead to the creation of up to 10 million new jobs, according to estimates from the FAO, and to decreasing deforestation and forest fires.
The Nepalese Trade Union Congress Independent (NTUC-I), with the support of Sustainlabour has been working on a campaign for workers from the forestry and agricultural sector to tackle climate change and deforestation.
Nepalese trade unions understand the importance of learning about the effects of climate change, about the country’s vulnerability and how to adapt, about what is REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries), and to raise workers´ voices to press for the recognition of the role of community forests´ in climate change mitigation and conservation.
Workers have an important role to play in the making of decisions on forestry management and calling for the promotion of job creation in the agriculture, water, forestry, transportation, renewable energy, waste management and tourism sectors, to protect biodiversity and prevent environmental degradation. Nepalese trade unions are on the way to doing just that.
Why is climate change a trade union issue?
It´s about the future
It´s about justice, equity and solidarity
It´s about livelihoods
It´s about jobs
This initiative is part of the joint UNEP-Sustainlabour programme “Towards Green and Decent Jobs: Enhancing Workers and Trade Unions´ Capacity”.
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