Mr. Hari Prasad Neupane, Bokhim – 8, Bhojpur
The committed conservationist Mr. Neupane has an enviable track record in the field of community forestry. He was the founder chairperson (1989 – 1994) of Ahale Community Forest User Group of Bokhim. He also motivated landowners to convert their private forests into community forests. He led the movement for the protection of the forests of Bara Districts, and stopped the intervention of TCN in the natural forests of the Terai region.
Mr. Dawa Tshering Sherpa, Chairperson of Laligurans User Committee, Lelep VDC, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
During the course of the preparation of KCA Management Plan, Mr. Sherpa travelled extensively to remotest villages. He was interested in wildlife and non-timber forest products and actively participated in wildlife monitoring in the conservation area. He also mobilized local communities in social service and created community awareness in curbing wildlife poaching and slash-and-burn practice. He was also involved in implementing integrated conservation and development activities in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
Miss Punam Lama, Thonche, Manang
A versatile and talented student at Prakash Jyoti Higher Secondary School, Miss Lama was selflessly committed to the collection and preservation of valuable medicinal plants and herbs; she collected 32 species of medicinal plants found around the Gyansumbo Valley of Manang district which she displayed during Destination Manang 2004 held at Chame, Manang. She is also a source of inspiration to others in carrying out plantation and clean-up activities in her area. Miss Lama also developed and demonstrated plot in her kitchen garden by cultivating valuable and medicinal plants.
Satyalung Mother Group, Tapethok VDC, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
The group works to save the scarce forest resources. It initiated plantation of 500 seedlings and built a 2-meter wide fire-line around the plantation site. Besides promoting forest conservation and motivating local people to save wildlife, it is also deterring wildlife poaching. The group also initiated a saving and credits scheme, and runs a Child Care Center to improve the living conditions of local women.
Phortse Village: The Practice of “Nawa” System, Khumjung VDC, Solokhumbu
The practice of indigenous “Nawa” system in the Phortse Village of Khumjung VDC entails the conservation of natural surrounding and wildlife. The practice is deeply rooted in their religious and cultural heritage. It promotes the indigenous way of management of natural resources by the local community and the strict adherence to the rules regarding agriculture and sustainable harvesting practice of forest resources according to the “Nawa” calendar has positively contributed to nature conservation. The customary practice of local people ‘s interaction with their immediate environment has helped conserve protected wildlife species such as the musk deer and the Impeyan pheasant.
Royal Chitwan National Park (now Chitwan National Park) and Purano Gorakh Ghana, Nepal Army (NA), Chitwan
Both groups exhibited an exemplary work of coordination and cooperation in curbing wildlife poaching and illegal trade in endangered wildlife products in 2003 by revamping anti-poaching operations in the critical areas of the park. In order to counter wildlife crimes, the Park and protection units of NA adopted a new anti-poaching strategy, strengthened wildlife monitoring and surveillance, mobilized concerned stakeholders and informants network, which resulted in the arrest of notorious poachers long wanted by park authorities. As a result of this drive, there has been a dramatic reduction in wildlife poaching and illegal trade of wildlife products.
Ganchhen Menkhang Service Center (GMSC), Phoksundo VDC 4, Chunuwar, Dolpa
This local NGO is engaged in facilitating the sustainable use of medicinal plants and provides primary health care services to local people through the Amchis (Traditional Tibetan doctors.) The members of GMSC and the Medicinal Plants Management Committee selflessly engage themselves to the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants. The members practice collecting medicinal plants on rotational basis, transferring indigenous knowledge to younger generation, and supporting anti-poaching activities in their locality.
Youth in Anti-Poaching Operation Awareness Campaign, Nawalparasi
The spirited local youth of 8 buffer zone user Committee of Nawalparasi District are presently engaged in the collection of socio-economic data of the Bote, Mushar and Majhi community. They are also carrying out extensive awareness activities among the target groups to deter poaching and win their support in biodiversity conservation.
Gauri Mahila Community Forest User Group, Kothiaghat, Bardia
This women’s user group has exhibited how women can play a crucial role in biodiversity conservation. They have been contributing significantly to natural regeneration of forests in the Khata biological corridor by conserving and effectively managing their adjoining community forests. Apart from mobilizing local women to conserve forest and create income generating activities, the group is strengthening coordination and cooperation with other stakeholders for the management and conservation of the Khata corridor.