Conservationists from India and Pakistan visit Nepal's Vulture Safe Zone

Early in June, Bird Conservation Nepal welcomed international conservationists to Nepal's Vulture Safe Zone. A team of conservationist from Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre -Bombay Natural History Society (India), Neo Human Foundation (India), Sindh Forest Department, Government of Pakistan (Pakistan), WWF-Pakistan and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (UK) visited Nepal's community managed Vulture Safe Zone. Following the development and recommendation made after the meet up of IUCN and SAVE partners in Delhi, BCN invited these conservationists to learn from Nepal's work in safe zone.

During the visit, conservationists learned different aspects of establishing and managing Vulture Safe Zone. Dhan Bahadur Chaudhary, Vulture Safe Zone Coordinator of Nawalparasi briefed on initiatives taken by community in establishing community run vulture feeding site and then Vulture Safe Zone. Dr Sagar Paudel, Veterinary Officer at BCN, highlighted the criteria of declaring safe zone while facilitating the observation of vulture safe feeding site on the field. The team also visited Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre and interacted with Chitwan National Park and National Trust for Nature Conservation at Chitwan.

 

On the return day, Team joined for review reflection workshop at Kathmandu and discussed on vulture safe zone activities. Dr Ananya Mukherjee, Vulture Safe Zone Coordinator from RSPB and Khadananda Paudel, Vulture Conservation Officer at BCN presented on systematic steps of establishing vulture safe zone. Conservationist also shared their experience in vulture conservation and made some quick recommendations over the breeding centre activities.  This visit will be able to foster our networks in trans-boundary conservation efforts.

List of donors

  • Koshi Tappu Bird Watching Camp Pvt , Sunsari - Rs. 500
  • Vimal Thapa - Rs. 1000
  • Rajendra Gurung - Rs. 1000
  • BCN Pokhara Branch , Pokhara Street Festival - Rs. 632
  • Bhuwan Mani Sharma , IOF, Pokhara - Rs. 100
  • Keshav Ghimire , IOF, Pokhara - Rs. 100
  • Sonam Tashi Lama , Yamphudin-3, Taplejung - Rs. 100
  • World Migratory Bird Day 2013 - Rs. 3300
  • Rainor Stoll , birdingtours GmbH, Germany - Rs. 25,323
  • Abinash Nepali , Germany - Rs. 1500
  • Carolline Forell , USA - Rs. 150
  • Charles Patton and Leslie Harris , USA - Rs. 150
  • Toby Wheeler , USA - Rs. 330
  • Rajendra Gurung (Patron, BCN) , Kapan - Rs. 2500
  • Reliance Public School(Student from grade 3 to 5) , Kapan - Rs. 365
  • Samir Maharjan - Rs. 500
  • International Vulture Awareness Day 2011 - Rs. 2300
  • Deepak Adhikari - Rs. 500
  • Anand Chaudhary - Rs. 1275
  • Dr. Hum Bahadur Gurung - Rs. 250
  • Butch Lama - Rs. 700
  • Sarah Piper - Rs. 2000
  • Charles W. Norris Brown - Rs. 300
  • Puja Gurung - Rs. 466
  • Surya Prakash Tiwari - Rs. 200
  • Ramesh K Pariyar - Rs. 500
  • Shree Namuna Mahendra Sec. School - Rs. 902
  • Bright Star Worker's Higher Secondary School - Rs. 510
  • Shree Bolambu Secondary School - Rs. 1055
  • Apollo Int'l School - Rs. 500
  • Shree Chandi Bhairav Secondary School - Rs. 843
  • Amar Jyoti Sec. School - Rs. 730
  • Shree Chandrika Devi Secondary School - Rs. 501
  • David Fiddell - Rs. 500
  • Local people from Sikles Village , Kaski - Rs. 4223
  • PABSON Programme , Surkhet - Rs. 3000
  • Children's Paradise Boarding School , Surkhet - Rs. 2000
  • Leknath Festival , Kaski - Rs. 2500
  • Amar Singh High School , Pokhara - Rs. 1660
  • United Academy , Pokhara - Rs. 1035
  • Suryodaya Boarding School , Pokhara - Rs. 1000
  • Narayanjan Secondary School , Mache Gaun - Rs. 891
  • Shree Baghbhairav Secondary School , Kirtipur - Rs. 1035
  • Green Village Education Foundation , Kirtipur - Rs. 500
  • Program at Dhanding , test@test.com - Rs. 1500
  • Evergreen Higher Secondary School , Sankhu - Rs. 1500
  • Shree Bajrayogini Secondary School , Sankhu - Rs. 2800
  • Serene Hill Secondary English School , Sankhu - Rs. 953
  • Nuwakot Festival - Rs. 2000
  • Exhibition (Climate Change) at Basantapur - Rs. 547
  • BCN Day Celebration - Rs. 645
  • 9th street exhibition and public awareness campaign - Rs. 766