Mr. Bhumi Raman Nepal, Nilkantha VDC-4 Basaha, Dhading
Enormously contributed to forest conservation of once barren hills of Dhading. One of the earliest activists for grassroots ownership of forests. This campaigner has been actively involved in environmental and forest conservation for more than two decades, using innovative means such as buggle assemblies and wall papers.
Mr. Bishnu Thapaliya, Ranger, Chitwan National Park
Has made important contributions to safeguarding the future of endangered species like the Greater One-horned rhino in Nepal’s first National Park. He is also in-charge of the planning unit that looks after programme planning, internal management activities, and communication and coordination with park staff and other conservation offices.
Lt. Col Ajit Thapa, Battalion Commander-Purano Gorakh Battalion, Chitwan National Park
During one of the most tumultuous periods of Nepali History, Lt Col Thapa had the dual responsibility of dealing with a volatile conflict situation and ensuring the integrity of Chitwan National Park. To complement efforts within Chitwan National Park, Lt Col Thapa also made important strides in coordinating conservation efforts with locals from the buffer-zone, media personnel and other conservation organizations in Chitwan.
Dr. Charles McDougal
For his important contribution to saving tigers in the wild
His pioneering work in monitoring this endangered species has resulted in many significant recommendations that will ensure tigers have a more secure future in the wild. Dr. McDougal runs the International Trust for Nature Conservation’s activities in Nepal, which continue to support one of the first anti-poaching units in Chitwan, created under his initiative. Dr. McDougal is the author of “The Face of the Tiger”.
Amrit Women’s Community Forest User Group, Hasuliya VDC-4, Kailali
The 15 women elected to the board have put an end to bad practices like grazing, and slash and burn in their forest area. The 35.3 ha of degraded forest assigned to the group has been nurtured to health. The women have even established a plant nursery for reforestation activities and took on new ventures to supplement their earnings with the support of the TAL program.
Bar Pokhari Community Forest User Group, Dovan VDC-9, Khursane, Palpa
It is an example of good self-governance and community participation that has enabled the members to access and use assistance from the TAL program to the best advantage. They are in process of registering the Kurman River Micro-hydro Committee through an NGO in Palpa.
Bhumepujne Tisdhung, Community Forest User Group, Lamachaur VDC, Kaski
The group met with political, social and legal resistance, but they kept trying even in the face of a 10-year wait for justice at the courts. Four years ago, the Bhumepujne Tisdhung Community Forest User Group finally came out victorious. Today, they are held up as an example of how local communities can empower themselves and help nature.
Dolpo Menchikhang, Traditional Health Care Centre, Dho VDC, Ward No 6, Dolpa
Since 2003 the Amchis at the Centre have aided more than 2,000 sick and ailing people from Dho Tarap and neighbouring areas. Dolpo Menchikhang has also encouraged Dolpalis to sustainably use and harvest medicinal and aromatic plants to ensure that natural resources are not depleted. They have taken a strong stand against poaching and illegal collection of medicinal and aromatic plants.
Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Taplejung Section, Fungling-4, Taplejung
In 4 years since it was established in Taplejung, it has written extensively about the importance of the area’s biodiversity, forwarded suggestions and supported conservation efforts.
Mirgakunj Buffer Zone Management Committee, Chitwan National Park, Bachhauli
It takes the lead in motivating local communities to help nature to help themselves. It mobilizes 3,000 households to support conservation with a focus on community-based anti-poaching operations, institutional and community development, income generation activities, reducing park-people conflict and conservation education.