Mr. Kamal Jung Kunwar, Assistant Conservation Officer Royal Chitwan National Park, Chitwan
As a dynamic leader for anti-poaching operations in and around Royal Chitwan National Park, he has been instrumental in the arrest of more than 50 poachers in less than three years. He has successfully mobilized local communities to set up information gathering networks on wildlife crimes in tandem with concerned government agencies to deter poaching and illegal trade in wildlife products.
Ms. Krishna Kumari Khadga, Dodhara VDC, Ward No.5, Kanchanpur
She has been involved in gender awareness, health campaigns and social initiatives to better her community. In her role, she skillfully mobilizes local community members to improve their lives, and balancing between the people’s needs and conservation priorities.
Mr. Ranajit Gurung
Forestry Field Supervisor, Himalayan Trust Khunde, Sagarmatha National Park, Solukhumbu
Has supervised the production of nearly 1 million seedlings and plantation in more than 155 hectars to restore forests in the denuded hill-slopes of Namche, Khumjung, in Chaurikharke VDC.
Babiro Dalit Didi-Bahini Samuha, Tripurakot VDC, Ward No.1, Dolpa
They formed as an exemplary sister group that promotes and engages in community development. They not only identify the need for a non-formal education program but also persuaded other community members to participate. They started plantation on 1.5 hectare of community land, conducted a village sanitation campaign, operated a saving and credit scheme, contributed labor for the construction of a school building, constructed three drinking water taps and improved a 600m long foot-trail.
Community Forest user Group Coordination Committee, Khata, Bardia
Has played an important role in mobilizing community forest user groups in Khata. They successfully promotes community-based anti-poaching operations, controls forest encroachment, supervises the effective implementation of community forest management activities, encourages non-timber forest products, monitors wildlife in the biological corridor, and helps reduce human-wildlife conflict.
Balkumari Women’s Community Forest Users Group, Gundu VDC, Ward No.4,8 and , Bhaktapur
Has made a big success of a degraded forest in the 5 years, since they took management responsibility from the District Forest Office at Bhaktapur. They serve as a model to similar groups from neighboring villages in skill development training and income generating activities. The women levy nominal monthly fees from user households to sustain the institution. They have also instituted a stipend for poor students and organize awareness programs on the importance of biodiversity conservation and environment protection.
Buffer Zone Management Committee, Royal Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Kanchanpur
This committee has effectively coordinated and mobilized nine user committees and 470 user groups for concentrated Buffer Zone development activities under the leadership of its chairman, Mr. Laba Bista. They are engaged in the monitoring and supervision of buffer zone activities like the mobilization of young girls of kishori samuhas for conservation awareness, controlling cattle grazing, surveillance in critical areas, capacity enhancement trainings for community members, mobilization of cooperatives and coordination with community based organizations, line agencies of the government and other stakeholders and also enhance the capacity building of eco-clubs in the buffer zone.
Kalpana Women’s User Group, Shivapur VDC, Ward No., Mohanpur, Bardia
The indigenous Tharu women of Mohanpur in Bardia have formed this organization for sustainable development and conservation education. They have mobilized communities to participate in literacy programs, installed 15 biogas plants as alternative energy to reduce biotic pressure and deter wildlife crimes.