July 2015, Himalayan Nature has organized total of 4 vulture conservation workshops to the community peoples and veterinary technicians in Saptari and Udayapur districts, eastern Nepal. The main purpose of the workshop was to discourage illegal use of human diclofenac on livestock treatment and raise the existing knowledge of stakeholders on vulture conservation. The workshops were conducted in Rajbiraj, Mahuli Bazaar of Saptari district and Gaighat, Beltar of Udayapur district. Total of 124 participants from different organizations including District Livestock Service Center (DLSC), FECOFUN, Community veterinary institutions, veterinary outlets/pharmacies/distributors, local NGOs, Community Forest User Groups were participated in the workshop.
Himalayan Nature’s Field Officer Mr. Dambar Bahadur Mahato has presented different aspects of vulture, current status and their decline, role of different NSAIDs on population decline and role of veterinarians and local community peoples in vulture conservation.
All the participants were actively participated in the discussion session after the presentation. The participants were committed not to use the diclofenac and other harmful (non-tested) NSAIDs on livestock treatment. They also raise their voice to support to declare Saptari and Udayapur district as diclofenac free zone. These workshops were the preparatory workshops to declare both districts as diclofenac free zone. Himalayan Nature is continue monitoring the use of NSAIDs in both districts and currently we have no record of diclofenac use on livestock treatment.