Abraham Foundation Awards - Nepal

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2003

 
 

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

Lama Karma Sonam Ringpoche, Manang

He was involved in conservation of the Phoo Village in Annapurna conservation area, Manang for over 45 years. Through his religious and personal beliefs he convinced the villagers to stop killing snow leopards.

 

Mr. Hutu Ram Baidya, Kathmandu

Apart from protecting the Bagmati river system and the Bagmati civilization, he has been actively involved in conservation issues both in his professional and personal life. He is active in numerous social causes in and around Kathmandu such as agricultural, engineering, social services, issues regarding the elderly and rural development.

 

Inspector Arun Kumar Shah, Rukum

Throughout his 16 years in police service, Mr. Shah has not only shown commitment and dedication to his job, but also towards conserving wildlife. He was involved in the prevention of illegal trade; he caught 6 poachers in Parsa with 109 leopard skins and 14 skins of unidentified rare species. He is also credited with single handily catching a leopard that entered a nursery in Swoyambhu that he promptly handed over to the zoo.

 

Mr. Ram Prasad Lamsal, Kapilvastu

Mr. Lamsal has been working as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Far Western Regional Forestry Directorate and as a Project Manager for the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) Project since 2001. He was instrumental in the success of forest conservation and the successful implementation of the concept of community based anti-poaching operations. He also developed a clear concept and working procedure to implement TAL programs outside the Protected Areas and started conservation oriented community forests.

 

Mr. Diwakar Prasad Chapagain

Kathmandu

He was the employee of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC.) He drafted several amendment bills, regulations, guidelines and policies. He also played an active role in declaring Protected Areas and Buffer Zones and worked towards implementing the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species (CITES) in Nepal.

 

Mr. Yugal Kishor Thakur

Community Development Assistant, Taplejung

Mr. Thakur helped in the formation of 32 mothers groups, 44 Conservation Area Users Groups (CAUGs,) 7 Conservation Area User Committee (CAUCs,) and Conservation Area Management Council (CAMC.) He also motivated CAUCs and the local youth for wildlife monitoring and its conservation.

ORGANIZATION WINNERS

Omi Khangri Mother Group, Yangma Village, Taplejung

This group is motivated and innovative. Yangma, which has an easy access to Tibet is rich in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and is very prone to attracting poachers esp. from Tibet. So, this group took the matter into their hands and disguised some local villagers as Nepali Policemen to scare the Tibetans away.

 

Dudhkunda Community Forest User Group, Solukhumbu

This group is dedicated to community forest management and community development. It managed the 5KW micro hydroelectricity project and mobilized local funds and resources to build an office building in Pharak. It also installed five water taps in and around the village benefitting over 40 households and constructed a suspension bridge together with Pemachholing Community Forest User Group of Chaurikhakra – 9.

 

Women Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO), Lalitpur

WEPCO is working towards conservation; creating a better environment and encouraging a new generation of students and women to learn more about environmental matters. WEPCO conducted over 60 trainings on solid waste management in 9 districts benefiting about 1800 people. Paper recycling and environmental awareness training through the networking with other women’s groups and eco-clubs are some of their significant works in the field of conservation.

 

Radhakrishna Community Forest User Group, Kailali

With the help of local user’s groups and the initiation of the DFO, the committee was remarkably able to include 200 ha of previously encroached land in the year 2057. The group’s wildlife conservation has been so successful that not only is wildlife habitat is being conserved, but this has also led to an increase in the number of wildlife in the area.