Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and Ranibari Community Forest User Groups (RCFUGs) signed Memorandum of Understanding on establishing Ranibari Community Forest as Birds & Biodiversity Conservation Learning Center on 29th of August 2016. Putting pen to paper were Narendra Man Bahadur Pradhan, for BCN and Shantosh Birkram Shah for Ranibari Community Forest in presence of PhD Indra Prasad Sapkota, District Forest Officer of District Forest Office.
Main objective is to conserve the urban biodiversity managing the Ranibari Community Forest as also a model forest for bird and biodiversity conservation learning center. The specific objectives are as below:
• To increase the level of knowledge of local people on bird, biodiversity and green environment conservation at Ranibari Community Forest.
• To analyze how human influx and vegetation affects the distribution of birds in the urban gradients
• To strengthen bird, biodiversity and nature conservation education in schools and colleges.
• To encourage the general public and policy makers to promote bird habitat in urban areas.
"It is a great initiation in spreading awareness of birds that nests in Kathmandu Valley. The Research & Learning Center will provide information on status of urban, migrated birds to people from different sectors." said Narendra Man Bahadur Pradhan, CEO of BCN .
"BCN and RFCUGs plan to work for next five years together and I hope that our Research & Learning Center will be of great benefit and we both work together for longer periods." said Shantosh Bikram Shah, President of RFCUGs. The program is funded by Bird Life International, Tokyo.