Renu Shah, Outgoing Chairperson, Bufferzone Management Committee KTWR, Jagatpur-8, Saptari
Has played a key role in the initiation and implementation of bufferzone programs in the KTWR. Helped in mobilizing people in the conservation of wildlife and their habitat to achieve the objectives of KTWR. Has been pivotal in helping backward communities to heighten conservation awareness and improve their livelihood.
Hirulal Dangaura, Agticulture, Thapapur VDC Ward#2, Kailali
As president of his school eco-club for 3 years, and that of Dolphin Club for 8 years, he gathered much experience in field of conservation. Has led the mobilization of students for conservation activities and distribution of outreach materials. Has contributed to vulture conservation activities through his efforts to promote Meloxicam to reduce the usage of the veterinarian drug Diclofenac which has been gravely affecting the population of vultures.
Rupak Maharjan, Park Ranger, Chitwan National Park, Kasara
He has led several anti-poaching operations that were crucial in arresting professional rhino/tiger poachers. He is also actively involved in Rhino Translocation Nepal, Rhino Count and even Tiger census 2009. His efforts had resulted in the arrest of 35 rhino poachers including some notorious names in different areas of CNP.
Bhakta B. Raskoti, Researcher, Pokharathok, 9 Arghakhanchi
Has been tirelessly involved in species conservation for the past decade. His main focus has been on wild orchids of Nepal which are endangered and listed in CITES Appendix II. He has reported 16 orchids’ species as new records of flora of Nepal, of which 4 are new to plant science itself. He has also authored “The Orchids of Nepal”.
Kishore C Gautam, District Forest Officer, Department of Forests, District Forest Office, Dang
He started to mobilize the District Forestry Sector Monitoring Committee (DFSMC), a multi-stakeholder committee supportive for planning and monitoring of forestry sector in the district. His strategies have been proven beneficial for both the GoN and the local communities.
Umid Baghchand, Journalist, BBC Nepali Sewa, Dhangadhi Municipality
He has been raising issues of encroachment and timber smuggling in Kailali and Kanchanpur districts through the BBC Nepali Sewa and the local FM, and has also written on these issues in the local papers. He has trained as many as 50 journalists on biodiversity conservation, who actively report on the same.
Ramesh Prasad Bhushal, Journalist, Hosrangdi-2, Parbat
Has been rigorously reporting on conservation issues. He has also produced and presented many radio programs. His article entitled “Cash on Forest to Combat Climate Change” received the regional award from ICIMOD this year, for which journalists from eight SAARC countries were competing.
Vulture Conservation Officer, Kathmandu
On joining Bird Conservation Nepal in 2008, the Vulture Conservation Program has expanded commendably under his leadership. He was instrumental in developing the concept of “Vulture Safe Zone” which has resulted in a paradigm shift in vulture conservation, and is in the process of being nominated for the Fulbright Scholarship to study Conservation Biology in the US.
Jatayu Restaurant Management Committees, Nawalparasi, Laukhani, Kawasoti-1, Nawalparasi
This committee has not only halted the decline but also increased the vulture population locally. An “old cows’ home” is maintained by the committee and the cows that die are left out for the vultures to feed on. It attracts tourists and researchers alike who are provided with home-stays, and local nature guides also get an opportunity to earn an income.
Jatayu Restaurant Management Committees, Rupandehi, Ward#1, Gaidatal, Rupandehi, Lumbini
Their greatest achievement has been to have changed people’s perception towards vultures from a sign of bad luck to that of an important creature helping us keep our environment clean. The local people have benefited with various livelihood and capacity enhancement trainings.