Over generations, the ethnic minorities of Nepal, who practice fireless shifting cultivation, known as 'gujultyaune', have successfully used contour bunding to control soil erosion, promote water retention, and increase crop production. Contour bunding is a proven sustainable land management practice in areas where the soil productivity of marginal, sloping, and hilly lands is very low. While it is both low cost and simple to implement, it does have the drawback that establishing contour bunds is very labour intensive. When members of a community work together to establish contour bunds the whole village can benefit.
WOCAT database reference: QA NEP 26
Location: Tanahun and Gorkha Districts, Nepal
Approach area: Approximately 110 km2
Land use: Agroforestry
Type of approach: This traditional approach has been implemented for more than 50 years.
Focus: Mainly on conservation with other activities
Related technology: Contour bunding QT NEP 26
Stakeholders/target groups: Land users, groups
Compiled by: BB Tamang, LI-BIRD
Date: March 2010, updated March 2013