Abraham Foundation Awards - Nepal

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Sonam Gyalzen Sherpa, Social Service, Sagarmatha National Park Buffer Zone Management Committee, Solukhumbu

She is the first and current Chairperson of Sagarmatha National Park Buffer Zone Management Committee (SNP BZMC). He played a crucial role in making the Sagarmatha area “bottle free zone” since 1998 and declaring buffer zone in the SNP as well as implementing various integrated conservation and development projects in the area. Ever since the establishment of Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) with the support of WWF in the early 1990s, his concerted efforts to mainstream pollution control along the Sagarmatha trekking route and install porter shelters led to establish effective waste management system in the SNPBZ. His support to initiate micro hydro schemes in the SNPBZ is also significant which has directly reduced pressure on forest resources and benefitted local users through alternative energy in Chaurikharka VDC.


Ramesh Bahadur Chand, District Forest Officer, Darchula

He has 22 years of working experience in different District Forest Offices of Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation since 1987. His contribution towards species conservation is exemplary since he has led many confiscations of wildlife derivatives and sent many poachers to jail. With his strong capability of mobilizing local level user groups, monitoring field activities and coordination with different key stakeholders, he has helped curbing illegal wildlife trade and reducing the poaching activities. With his initiation, a very cordial relationship has been developed with the trans-border security of India.


Gokarna Devkota, Protection Force, Gorakh Bahadur Battalion, Chitwan National Park

He has served in Chitwan National Park for four years and is heading the Counter Poaching Cell in Chitwan National Park. He has carried out more than 30 anti-poaching operations arresting more than 70 rhino poachers. He is highly motivated to drive the anti-poaching cell and forming a best team to control poaching and illegal wildlife trade. He is also the head of intelligence network, media handling and operations.



Youba Raj Pokharel, Forest Technician, Tanahun

He has been working in Tree Improvement and Silviculture Unit of Department of Forest since 1998. He has been involved in tree improvement and tree domestication programme for sea buckthorn specis in the northwest Himalayan districts of Nepal. He is actively engaged in-situ and ex-situ gene conservation of two species of sea buckthorn. He has conducted many grassroots level trainings and extension programmes for sea buckthorn cultivation, product development, sustainable utilization and marketing of sea buckthorn products through frequent visits to remote districts.


Hari Adhikari, Coordinator

He has been working for bat conservation voluntarily since 2005. He has worked for conservation of bats, birds and wetlands in Palpa, Rupendehi and Kaski districts. He has carried out bat conservation awareness program for school children in Madan Pokhara valley of Palpa district. In recognition of his work on bat conservation in Nepal, he has been appointed as Nepal Representative for IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Bat Specialist Group. He is also a member of the Chiroptera Conservation and Information Network of South Asia (CCINSA). He is also the General Member of Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and Self Help Environment Awareness Camp (SHEAC).


Deepti Khakurel, 

Development worker, Yatra

She has been leading Yatra since 2004. Yatra is a youth led and youth run organization devoted to environment and youth. She has been dedicated to conservation and promotion of activities related to Primary Environmental Care and wetland conservation. She has also conceptualized and implemented the Primary Education Care Campaign for environmental sustainability to fight against climate change. She is also a motivator and mentor of many young people and has served in different networks such as Association of Youth Organizations of Nepal (AYON) and other environmental organizations.



Abdullah Miya, Sub Editor, Kantipur National Daily

He is an active reporter with Kantipur daily, has been writing on conservation issues for the last eight years. He has been specifically reporting on biodiversity conservation and wildlife conservation issues. He is the Secretary of Nepal forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) and General Secretary of Nepal Muslim Journalists Association.



Ghunsa Snow leopard (Conservation Sub-Committee), Ghunsa Village, Taplejung

It is the pioneer Community Based Organization (CBO) working towards conserving snow leopard and its habitat through mobilization of local community of Ghunsa. It has been actively implementing and monitoring snow leopard conservation activities at field level. Livestock Insurance Scheme (LIS) has been piloted and institutionalized by the sub-committee and has played a key role in reducing human wildlife conflict in the areas as well as transferring the knowledge to other mountain regions such as Dolpo and Langtang. The sub-committee has been involved in anti-poaching operations, curbing illegal wildlife trade, wildlife conservation, tourism promotion and NTFP management.