Abraham Foundation Awards - Nepal

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Tashi Gyalchhan Lama, Social Worker, Saldang VDC, Upper Dolpa

Played important role in the conservation of key mountain species such as snow leopard, blue sheep, and musk deer. Played key role as a mediator in Shey Phoksundo NP declaration, and supported 100% solar electrification in upper Dolpa. He successfully introduced plantation of Salix trees in upper Dolpa, and has been imparting knowledge of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, and Amchi tradition to small children.


Man Bahadur Khadka, District Forest Officer, Kailali

Has shown exemplary successes in restoring the forest areas. Under his leadership, legal action has been taken against wildlife derivatives, and traps have been confiscated. He has been able to abolish the prevailing illogical practices of registering forest land for freed bond laborers.


Krishna Prasad Bhurtel, Conservation Volunteer, Meghauli, Chitwan

Has been working voluntarily in buffer zone institutions since 1996. He also served as the chairperson of Meghauli Buffer Zone User Committee and Buffer Zone Management Committee, Chitwan National Park. He played key role in addressing park people conflict and reducing wildlife poaching. The construction of 11 anti-poaching operation posts as strategic points within Chitwan National Park adds to his credit as a dedicated conservationist.


Lav Bahadur Bisht, Chairperson, BZMC, Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Kanchanpur

Since 1995, he has been actively participating in the participatory biodiversity conservation and community development activities in the Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve and its buffer zone areas. He has been working for and plating viral role in social mobilization for sustainable biodiversity conservation and community development.


Anjana Shrestha, Conservation Programme Maker, Madhyapur 15, Bhaktapur

She has been involved in making radio programmes on environment and biodiversity conservation since 2004. Her weekly environmental programme “Hamro Sajha Sansar” drew huge response and was able to raise funds for a bird conservation programme in 2005. For her conservation efforts, she has been awarded with Global Grassroots Award 2008 from Bat Conservation International.


Gautam Sapkota, Educator, Mankamana, Gadi VDC 9, Makwanpur


He possesses a unique quality of imitating bird and animal sounds. He has dedicated his talent towards raising awareness about birds. So far, he has covered more than 6,500 schools in more than 45 districts in the country, teaching about birds, their habitats, and their sounds. He has also conducted various street programmes raising awareness amongst the local community.


Shyam Raj Bhatta, Journalist, Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur


He has been reporting on the biodiversity conservation issues for the last six years through Samaya weekly magazine published Kathmandu and a local newspaper published from Mahendranagar. He has published more than 100 articles on the issues of biodiversity conservation, wildlife trade, encroachment, cross-border conservation issues and related topics, educating people and raising awareness on these issues. For his contribution towards highlighting wildlife crime issues, he has been awarded with the Environmental Journalism award 2007 by Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ).



Eco Club, Saraswoti Secondary School, Gochhada, Nawalparasi

Has been raising awareness among local people about the importance of eco-clubs in conservation, within the schools of buffer zones of Chitwan National Park, western sector by conducting various extra-curricular activities. It has been running anti-plastic campaign, installing containers for sanitation in villages, and collecting and managing waste materials.


Snow Leopard Conservation, Sub Committee, Yamphudin, Taplejung

Since the establishment of the committee, not a single case of retaliatory killing of snow leopards has been reported in Yamphudin and the poaching of blue sheep has reduced significantly.