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Photos (left to right):  Puskal Bahadur Bam, Chakra Bahadur Shah, Shankarnagar Ban Bihar and Research Center, Community Forest Coordination Committee



Chakra Bahadur Shah, Lieutenant Colonel

Mr. Chakra Bahadur Shah, Lieutenant Colonel in the Nepalese Army and Commander of Shree Nandabox Battalion, which is stationed at Chitwan National Park, has received national and international recognition for his conservation endeavors. His efficient and decisive management
displayed to combat wildlife crime and poaching enabled the entire community in the National Park and around it to unite against this act. Under his leadership, the battalion was considered to be a key contributor in achieving 365 days of Zero Poaching. On the occasion of World Wildlife Day 2014, the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation recognized the contribution of N andabox Battalion in combating wildlife crime and poaching with a certificate of appreciation. He was awarded the Jana Sewa Shree 4th, Tri Shakti Patta 4th, Gorkha Dakshin Bahu 4th and the Foreign Service Medal by the Nepal Army and the Government of Nepal. He was also awarded United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and United Nations African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur by the United Nations for deployment in Lebanon and Sudan.


Puskal Bahadur Bam, Conservationist

Mr. Bam lives by the motto, ‘Perseverance Conquers All’. He also practices what he preaches, by making practical contributions as a farmer and conservationist. Realizing the need to rally local communities in biodiversity conservation, he played a leading role to establish a Community Forest Coordination Committee (CFCC) in Pahalmanpur, Kailali. This committee helped mainstream conservation in the community agenda, build local capacities and community awareness in conservation together with establishing a Community Based AntiPoaching Unit (CBAPU) through which various weapons were confiscated and several animals rescued. In order to reduce dependence on forest products and also to improve the livelihood of local community members, Mr. Bam initiated income generating activities and also established local cooperatives. He was the driving force behind the establishment of a Community Clinic and Youth Information Center in Pahalmanpur and under his leadership, Tulsipur village was declared as a model biogas village. He presently serves as the Chairperson of Basanta Forest Protection Council and Child Conservation Committee.




Shankarnagar Ban Bihar and Research Center, Rupandehi

Shankarnagar Ban Bihar and Research Center (SBBRC) was established in 2004 with the mission of building a sustainable and self-reliant Shankarnagar. By helping establish Shankarnagar Community Forest Users Group (CFUG) as a model CFUG, SBBRC is making the important connect between people and the environment through its remarkable efforts in institutional development, community development and livelihood improvement. This CFUG currently manages 549 hectares of forests. Under the leadership of SBBRC, Shankarnagar CFUG addressed the challenges of deforestation through mass reforestation programs, wire fencing around the forest and controlling of encroachment. The CFUG also established community guidelines for harvesting and use of forest products in an equitable, efficient and sustainable manner. The CFUG initiated income generating activities to support their major objective of poverty alleviation and supported construction of community infrastructures like schools, clinics and roads. The community forest has also been developed as a tourist hub with about 300 daily visitors who come here for observational tours, study, excursions and entertainment, thereby adding to its income sources.


Community Forest Coordination Committee, Mohana, Kailali

The members of the Community Forest Coordination Committee (CFCC) of Mohana, Kailali are a brilliant example of what continuous and collective effort can achieve in conservation. The CFCC has engaged in reforestation efforts by planting 1,200 seedlings in vacant plots and adopted various approaches to spread awareness about the importance of biodiversity in the local community. Through its coordination, 17 Community Forest Users Groups (CFUGs) established Community Based Anti-Poaching Units (CBAPUs) to curb illegal wildlife trading and poaching. Through the efforts of the CBAPUs, various local weapons and traps were confiscated and one poacher actually caught red-handed, while wildlife such as wild boars, spotted deer (Axis axis), and Blue Bull (Boselaphus tragocamelus) were rescued. The CBAPUs also helped arrest 245 trucks transporting timber illegally. The CFCC also mobilized 200 youths on a three day campaign on forest conservation, and has been giving continuity to the same.