Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and Ranibari Community Forest User Groups (RBCFUG) with the support of Birdlife International Tokyo jointly organized inception meeting for the project ‘Ranibari Community Forest: Bird and Biodiversity Conservation Learning Centre at Kathmandu valley” on 30 September 2016 at Ranibari Community Forest, Lazimpat-3, Kathmandu. The main objective of the Ranibari project is to conserve the urban biodiversity by managing the Ranibari Community Forest as a model forest for bird and biodiversity conservation learning center. Thus inception meeting was organized to disseminate about the project objectives, discuss and collect the views of the partners, donors and stakeholders and way forward for project implementation.
Altogether there were 23 participants representing from Department of Forest-Community Forest Division, Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN), Kathmandu District Forest Office (KDFO), BirdLife International (BLI), and Ranibari Community Forest User Groups (RBCFUG) as well as from media: Rastriya Samachar Samitee and NEFEJ. Shantosh Bickram Shah, president of RBCFUG, chaired the program while Dr. Anju Raj Sharma, Deputy Director General, Community Forest Division, Department of Forest was a Chief Guest. After the introduction of the participants, Prakash Man Shakya, Vice president of RBCFUG gave welcome speech and highlighted the objective of organizing the inception meeting.
Narendra Man Babu Pradhan, BCN presented about short history of Bird Conservation of Nepal and its activities. Also he explained about the objectives of Ranibari project and presented major activities of the project which will be carried out this year and highlighted the need of inception meeting.