The green mountain

Where else in the world can you find Shitake mushrooms from East Asia, Kiwi fruit from China and red chilli peppers from Bhutan growing on the same mountain? Nowhere except the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)’s field station, which is located in a place called Godavari, just outside Kathmandu in Nepal.
An entire degraded mountain side has been rehabilitated by ICIMOD’s researchers and scientists since 1992 and turned into an experimental field station. It is hard to believe that the lush green area, spread over 30 hectares, was once denuded of trees.

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