Nepal celebrated "10th National Conservation Day" with the theme 'Community-based Conservation for Sustainable Development' on 24th of September 2016 at Rastriya Sabha Griha (City Hall) Kathmandu. The program was organized by the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation and nine Conservation consortium partners, Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN), Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA), The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalist (NEFEJ), Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Wildlife Watch Group (WWG), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari inaugurated the program chaired by Honorable Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation, Shankar Poudel. The two hours long program included various programs as, Video on 'Community Based Conservation: Contribution for Sustainable Development', awards/scholarship distribution, publication launch. This day also commemorates the 10th anniversary of the tragic loss of nation's conservation heroes, who lost their lives in a helicopter accident on 23 September, 2006.
Similarly, Bird Conservation Nepal's Jatayu Scholarship 2016 was granted to Ramesh Kumar Basel and Khim Bahadur KC to undertake research on vultures of Nepal as a partial fulfillment of their master's degree.