Conservation outside specifically designated protected areas can be achieved only when local communities understand and take the initiative in implementing the work. Increasing the awareness of communities is an essential component of conservation programs. This will lead to effective resource utilization and its long term sustainability. Himalayan Nature contributes its part through various activities.
- Brian Hodgson Award for Nature Conservation
- Developing CEPA Strategy for Government of Nepal through The Wetland Project
Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day
World Migratory Bird Day is a global annual initiative to celebrate migratory birds and to promote their conservation worldwide. Himalayan Nature takes the initiative to celebrate this special event annually with several activities to protect the migratory birds.
Celebration of World Wetlands Day
The World Wetlands day is celebrated on February 2 every year to commemorate the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International importance, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran in 1971. Nepal is a signatory of the Ramsar Convention and has listed nine wetlands as Ramsar Sites: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Beeshazari Taal of Chitwan, Ghadaghodi Lake of Kailali, Jagadispur Reservoir of Kapilvastu, Rara Lake, Gokyo Lake, Gosiankunda Lake and Mai Pokhari, with a total area of about 35000 hectares. Globally, there are more than 1900 Ramsar sites covering about 187 million hectares.
Celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD)
Vultures provide essential ecological services are an ecologically vital group of birds. Most species of vulture have undergone catastrophic declines during the past two decades and some face potential extinction. Since 2009, Himalayan Nature organizes different awareness raising activities in various districts of vulture ranges to celebrate IVAD.
Teachers’ Training on Environmental Conservation
A 5 day training program was given to teachers at Chitwan National Park, supported by the Social, Education and Environmental and Development Services (SEEDS) . A total of 13 teachers received training during the occasion. The main lecturers included Mr Megh Bahadur Pandey (Chief Warden, Chitwan National Park), Mr Karun Pandit (Assistant Warden, Chitwan National Park) and Mr Sher Singh Thagunna (Assistant Planning Officer, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Dr Hem Sagar Baral (Wildlife Biologist),). The program was coordinated by Mr Sharad Singh, Director of Himalayan Nature and monitored by Mr K. P. Kafle, Executive Director of SEEDS.
Celebrating World Pangolin Day
Himalayan Nature (HN) is the only non-government organization in Nepal that is continuously contributing to the conservation of Chinese Pangolin, the unique gift of Nature since 2008 through research, massive education and awareness and capacity building programmes at the grassroots level. Just recently, HN completed various programmes to set up and strengthen the locally conserved Pangolin Conservation Area in the Taudolchhap Community Forest of Bhaktapur district. Since 2013 HN is celebrating World Pangolin Day by joining awareness activities, talk programmes and field excursion for college and university students and teachers.
Let us be supportive for pangolin conservation, every small effort counts a lot for its welbeing in wild!
Celebration of World Environment Day
World Environment Day (WED) is held each year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. Under its theme, education and appreciation, Himalayan Nature (HN) joins and celebrates this auspicious occasion by organizing following activities in Kathmandu and its research stations in Koshi and Lumbini:
Celebration of Wildlife Week
With a view to preserve the precious fauna and flora of Nepal, particularly to take urgent steps to prevent extinction of any species, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Government of Nepal including its partner organizations celebrates wildlife week from throughout the first seven days of each Nepali new year. Himalayan nature also jointly organize the wildlife week celebration events with several activities. Himalayan Nature always promotes and finds pleasure to be a part of such an event
Celebration of World Sparrow Day 2012
Beyond the studies on threatened species of birds and mammals, Himalayan Nature (HN) cares for the sparrow though they are common birds to us. HN celebrated World Sparrow Day (WSD) 2012 by undertaking sparrow count, bird watching activities, interviews and organizing education program in Lumbini and Koshi. Kosi Bird Observatory (KBO), a center established for grasslands and wetlands studies towards the northern end of Koshi Tappu Wild life Reserve Koshi acted as a main base for the activities. Education awareness programmes were conducted among the students of local government, private schools and higher schools through lecture and by the use of images of House Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow with an aim to aware people on the status and threats to them although they are very common species to us. Our activities were broadcasted by the local FM stations. A total number of 299 sparrows was recorded through direct count method on 20 th March 2012 from Lumbini and Koshi. Sparrows were counted in and around Lumbini Developmewnt Trust, Mayadevi temple, along the Telar River including farmlands of Lumbini. In the case of Koshi, count was carried out in Prakashpur, Madhuban and Kosi Bird Observatory (KBO), Jabdi. Activities in Lumbini and Koshi were coordinated by our field ornithologist Mr Dinesh Giri and Mr Sanjiv Acharya respectively. Although sparrows are not seriously threatened, however their number is declining fast. Change in agricultural mechanisms, rapid urbanization, deforestation and excessive use of chemical fertilizers thus resulting loss of habitats and food scarcity are causing serious threats to the sparrow species. Therefore, the pace at which our immediate environment is degrading, our common species may find their way into the endangered list before we even know it. Himalayan Nature supports and believes in spreading awareness about the significance of common birds, animals and plants as an essential component in conservation.
Student Education Program
In 2009 Himalayan Nature started its participation in international university programs in biodiversity conservation and protected area management in relation to human development in Nepal. The main aims of this program are to provide training for overseas students and to promote Nepal’s conservation efforts among wider communities internationally.
This program was developed by Dr Iain R. Taylor of Charles Sturt University, Australia, Dr. Hem Sagar Baral, Chief Technical Adviser of Himalayan Nature, Nepal and Gangaram Singh MSc. of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Nepal, all of whom are also the tutors for the subject in the field.
The current program consists of a specific course lasting about 4 weeks in the field, covering higher latitude environments in the Annapurna Conservation Area and lowland habitats in Chitwan National Park. At each location the challenges of conservation and their solutions are studied in detail. Examples of specific issues examined include the conservation of large cats and herbivores, vultures, gharials, grasslands, wetlands and other habitats. In each area conservation is set against a context of local culture and practices.
We invite any universities who might be interested in having their students participate in this program to contact us for details.