Despite only claiming less than 0.1 percent of the earth’s landmass, Nepal is filled with lessons when it comes to conservation. With 45 percent of Nepal covered under green canopies, we’ve risen well above the global average forest coverage, which was at 30 percent in 2018. And while only 11.6 percent of earth’s terrestrial surface is covered by protected areas, 24 percent of Nepal is under the Government’s Protected Area Network. As we celebrate National Wildlife Week from 13-19 April, let's not forget the underlying fabric for Nepal’s success in conservation: communities.
This is a question we need to ask ourselves but before answering we need to acknowledge the diversity of expectations and aspirations that we all have for oceans, which cover more than two-thirds of the planet’s surface.
BRASILIA, August 17: Brazil’s backsliding on Amazon conservation under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and a likely Peronist return to power in Argentina could delay or even derail ratification of an EU-Mercosur trade agreement that took two decades to negotiate.
KATHMANDU, July 22: Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said that he has been very impressed with the success achieved by China in the technology sector and the environment conservation initiatives of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Nepal is currently celebrating National Wildlife Week with the theme ‘Let’s unite for wildlife conservation’. As the celebrations continue, we should perhaps think of ways to bridge the gaps that might be coming in the way of making this slogan a reality. And environmental governance at the local level is one such area that needs immediate attention.
JUMLA, Feb 14: With increased poaching activities and rampant destruction of habitat, Jumla district is finding it challenging to conserve the endangered red pandas.Stakeholders, in a conservation program organized on Thursday, expressed deep concern over the failure to protect red pandas even in the conservation areas.“The government should have efficient policies for protecting red pandas,” said civil society leader Raj Bahadur Mahat.
Conserving red panda, an endangered species, is becoming a challenge in Jumla amid increasing habitat loss and poaching. In addition, forest fires and human encroachment and attacks for domesticated dogs are also threatening its existence. There are around 1,000 individuals in the country.
KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Human-wildlife interaction or conflict has been identified as the biggest threat to conservation efforts in the Kanchenjunga Landscape. Similarly, wildlife has been identified as the largest threat to the livelihoods of rural communities in the region.
LAHAN, Nov 1: During the last local and provincial elections, one of the promises that almost all political parties and leaders made was prioritizing the conservation of nature and wildlife, especially the Chure range. They stated that the Chure range ecosystem had been badly damaged and vowed to take measures to put an end to activities that were deteriorating the ecosystem further. Deforestation and mining of aggregates, sand and stones from river beds and mountains in the Chure region were put forward as the major factors damaging the range’s ecosystem and politicians had pledged to put an end to such activities.
ILAM, Sept. 6: Different schools in Ilam district have incorporated the contents about red panda in the course book as a part of their attempts to conserve the endangered species. The schools that are located near the habitats of red panda have commenced the classes about red panda to aware the students about the world's endangered species.
Kathmandu, July 28: Now onwards, Nepali citizens will have to pay conservation fee to Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) in order to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha.According to the LDT, Nepalis will have to pay an additional Rs 50 to carry a camera and Rs 500 to carry a video camera inside the area. Meanwhile, one has to pay Rs 5,000 for video shooting inside the Lumbini area.
BARDIYA, July 1: The stakeholders participating in an interaction program on the conservation of tiger at Gulariya in Bardia today expressed their serious concern over the conservation of tigers in the country.
KHOTANG, June 4: The municipality office of Khotehang has started a conservation campaign for Indreni pond. According to chairperson of Khotehang Rural Municipality, Pradeep Rai, conservation and promotion of the pond is essential for tourism development.
The Convention on Biological Diversity gives a formal definition of biodiversity as “the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems”.
NAWALPARASI, March 13: A vulture conservation campaign has been initiated by setting up an environment to provide safe food to the vultures in Nawalparasi (east to Bardaghat-Susta) district.
In its bid to conserve the vultures, Jatayu Restaurant, the first of its kind for vultures in Asia, has been setup at Kawasoti Municipality-8 to collect foods for vultures.
KATHMANDU, Feb 28: At a time when wildlife conservationists worldwide are expressing serious concerns over the declining habitats of tiger population, Nepal's Chitwan National Park (CNP) has been lauded for its exemplary efforts in conservation of the big cats.
KATHMANDU, Feb 25: With an aim to promote nature and conservation of wildlife, and to support the conservation of protected areas of the country, Relief Fund for Wildlife Victims (RFWV) has organized an art exhibition named ‘Art for Nature’ at the premises of Nepal Cultural Corporation Jamal, Kathmandu. The exhibition that kicked off in February 16 revolves around the theme of nature and its conservation.
February 18, 2018: The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ), today officially kicked-off its public awareness campaign, “Promoting Water Resource Conservation and Management in Mid and Western Nepal,” in Kathmandu.
LAHAN, Feb 7: Former President Ram Baran often shared his concerns for two issues. “I always worry about two things. One is implementation of the new constitution and second is the conservation of the Chure range,” he would say. While the country has made considerable progress towards implementing the new constitution and the federal setup, conservation of Chure range, remains a huge challenge.
NAWALPARASI, Oct 30: The Rhino Conservation Gold Cup Men's Football Championship kicks off at Kolhuwa of Nawalparasi from today. This is the football tournament with the highest prize money outside Kathmandu valley.
MYAGDI, Oct 3: Acknowledging the importance of nature and natural heritages, locals of Jyamarukkot and Malika rural municipality in Myagdi district have taken matters into their hands to protect the nature and natural heritages in their locality.
LAHAN, Aug 21: An environment expert and engineer has urged for Chure conservation in view of the devastating flood in the tarai region every monsoon. Unless illegal extraction in the Chure range comes to an end, flood and landslides in the plains and the hills cannot be averted, they warned.
DHARAN, July 25: Illegal extraction and smuggling of stones from Andheri Khola of Sunsari is on the rise. The area falls under President's Chure-Tarai Conservation Region. Though vehicles used by smugglers are booked by District Forest Office (DFO), they are often released on bail which has further encouraged them to carry on with their illegal extraction.
PANCHTHAR, March 25: An initiative has been taken to create the world's first conservation area for the endangered red pandas in eastern areas of Nepal, covering Panchthar, Ilam and Taplejung districts.
POKHARA, Feb 4: With the increasing popularity of folk songs and modern pop and R& B music, the ancient Balan musical culture is facing an existential threat which has swiftly prompted a campaign from the locals here.
SURKHET, Jan 27: Alarmed by the gradual loss of the rhododendron area in the northern part of the district, local youths have come together for the conservation of the national flower. Recently formed ‘Guras Conservation Team’ has decided to control the haphazard plucking of the beautiful flowers.