RPN is expanding community conservation programs to Western Nepal.
The mountain forests located outside of protected areas in this region constitute more than half of the habitat available to red pandas in Nepal. The Jumla, Jajarkot and Kalikot districts, in particular, have red panda habitat fragmented into many small patches, which are unlikely to support a viable population if connectivity is not maintained. Therefore, protecting this region must be a priority to ensure the survival of red pandas in the long run.
Due to the importance of these districts, RPN has undertaken environmental awareness campaigns, outreach activities and workshops in each one to increase the public’s understanding of the plight of red pandas and the need for conservation in the region.
Prior to RPN’s arrival, the districts lacked any conservation programs, and the people didn’t have much education about red pandas. This lack of awareness has had dire consequences. The situation is especially grim in the entire western region, where red panda poaching and trafficking have increased at an alarming rate.
While challenges remain, our project inception activities have been implemented and received very well. We organized consultation, awareness and sharing workshops, for government officials, journalists and various community organizations in Rural Municipalities (RMs) of all three districts.
RPN has begun establishing monitoring blocks in Community Forests in Jumla and Jajarkot districts and hiring and training local individuals as Forst Guardians. We also completed a socioeconomic status and environmental awareness survey.
RPN youth outreach initiatives have extended to 18 schools and 1,000 students in Western Nepal.
RPN also worked with the community as well as Divisional Forest Offices (DFOs) and CFUGs to distribute saplings in Jumla and Kalikot districts.
RPN also worked with the community as well as Divisional Forest Offices (DFOs) and CFUGs to distribute saplings in Jumla and Kalikot districts.Our goal is to continue our expansion in Western Nepal to Dolpa, Rolpa and Rukum districts which will ensure the connectivity of three protected areas: Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Shey Phoksundo National Park and Rara National Park.
Partners in Conservation
Foundation Segre - €299,921 over 4 years
ICFC - $91,720 over 4 years.
Thank you to RPN partners who are supporting our expansion to Western Nepal.