MVP Sustainability Map
GDP Per Capita
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Nepal has approximately twice the number of people than what the country’s renewable resources can support. The demand for fuel wood, timber, and land to grow more food is causing greater deforestation and land degradation. Nepal has some of the worst air pollution of any country.
Because the current path is unsustainable, the government of Nepal has been increasing its family planning budget 7% a year since 2015 in order to help raise the rate of contraceptive use and slow population growth. 2020 marked the first time in Nepal’s history where the average total fertility rate per woman was below replacement. Despite more recent efforts emphasizing girls education, access to modern contraception and empowerment, Human Rights Watch reports negative forces such as child marriage still remain widespread with 7 percent of girls married by age 15 and 40 percent married by age 18. (1)