A Registered Charity (No. 818/056/57) with Government of Nepal

About Us

Founded in 2000, Himalayan Nature is a development and conservation research institute, working for sustainable livelihoods of Himalayan communities as well as also initiating scientific research on Himalayan floral and faunal diversity and the broader environment. It is an independent, not-for-profit organization actively working on emerging issues related to the development and conservation of natural resources, and the improvement of living conditions of people in the Himalayan regionHimalayan Nature is a science-based organization and takes an independent view of livelihood options provided to local communities and biodiversity conservation issues. We provide sound advice on aspects of social development and environmental management to government authorities and other concerned organizations. Periodically, we release statements to help improve awareness among the public and policy makers on the sustainable livelihood issues and environmental challenges.

The organization is supported by nationally and globally renowned livelihood advisers and conservation scientists who have long experience of the Himalayan region. We work closely with other similar interest organizations within and outside Nepal, complementing their work and exchanging information.

The wide geographic coverage of the organization’s work includes the northern part of India, Nepal, and Pakistan, the whole of Bhutan, southeast Tibet and the northern part of Myanmar. However most of our work is in Nepal and India. We are based in Kathmandu and have three field study centers in Nepal, in Koshi, Chitwan and Lumbini. We collaborate with several community-based organizations working in higher altitude environments.

We can be contacted at the address given in this web page for further enquiries. We appreciate any assistance or advice that helps achieve the goals of Himalayan Nature.

Vision: Prosperous communities that live in harmony with nature and manage biodiversity in the Himalayan region.
Mission Statement: Himalayan Nature is dedicated to explore opportunities for making sustainable livelihoods for the people of the Himalayan region to inform and empower the public for a knowledge-based management of natural resources in the most participatory way possible.
Goal: Promote peoples’ livelihood in Himalayan communities through research, conservation, awareness, capacity building and networking for everlasting nature conservation.
Objectives: The main objectives of Himalayan Nature are to:

1. Promote sustainable livelihood and healthy lifestyle in the region
2. Conduct scientific and participatory research on flora, fauna and ecosystem dynamics
3. Promote public appreciation of natural heritage
4. Foster dialogue, networking and partnership among local, national and international stakeholders to deal with sustainable livelihoods and nature management issues at landscape level

Member of IUCN

Himalayan Nature has been approved as a member of The International Union for Conservation of Nature in the category of national non-governmental organization, Group 1 by IUCN Council at its 76th meeting held in Gland from 23-25 May 2011.