A National Workshop on Diclofenac Free Zone

 

A national workshop on Diclofenac Free Zone was jointly organised by Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) on 23 June 2011. Workshop was organised to sensitise the government authorities and conservation partners in diclofenac issues for saving critically endangered Gyps vultures in Nepal and to collect feedback on the draft Diclofenac Free Zone Declaration, Monitoring and Management Guideline, 2068 prepared by DNPWC.

During workshop, Mr. Ananda Chaudhary, Vulture Conservation Programme Officer and Mr. Mohan Chandra Bishwakarma, Vulture Conservation Officer, BCN shared their presentation on impact of diclofenac in vulture conservation, vulture conservation efforts taking place in Asia and Nepal and provision of draft guideline.

Dr. Maheshwor Dhakal, Ecologist, DNPWC said, “There is an urgent need to save vultures form extinction because it has high ecological importance. For this, removal of diclofenac from the environment should be primary focus of conservation. I hope that the guideline under preparation will help to declare, implement and manage diclofenac to provide safe food”. He thanked all for valuable comments and suggested to finalize the draft guideline and request to join the hands for vulture conservation.

Dr. Hum Gurung, Chief Executive Officer, BCN focused on monitoring of illegal use of veterinary diclofenac and potential illegal use of human diclofenac to verterinary purpose. He also added that BCN is working on transboundary conservation of these critically endangered birds.

All the participants highlighted the importance and need of diclofenac free zone declaration guideline and coordinated actions for its effective implementation.

Representatives from government authorities-DNPWC, Department of Drug Administration, Department of Livestock Service, Nepal Veterinary Association, Department of Forest; and conservation partners- WWF, NTNC , Jatayu Restaurant Management Committees took part in the workshop.

 

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