Manang and Mustang Districts Declared as Diclofenac Free Zone

Manang and Mustang Districts of Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) have been declared as Diclofenac Free Districts by Chief District Officers (CDOs), Local Development Officers (LDOs) and District Livestock Service Officers (DLSOs)of Manang and Mustang in Chame and Jomsom on 14th and 21st May 2013 respectively. Programs were jointly organized by District Livestock Service Offices, Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and Global Primate Network (GPN) Nepal. Altogether 77 people from different local government agencies, District Health Office (DHO), District Agriculture Development Office (DADO), District Forest Office, District Education Office (DEO), Women Development Office, District Finance Control Office, National Investigation Department Office, Local conservation agencies, NTNC-Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Manang and Mustang Unit Conservation, different political parties leaders, other Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) representatives, Community Based Organization (CBO) representatives, journalists, media person, local farmers, parents and students were actively participated in the programs.

During the event Bhupal Nepali, the field officer of BCN presented on vulture, its importance and need of Vulture Safe Zone (VSZ) in Nepal. With brief history of vulture conservation dealings in South Asia, the PI (Mr. Dikpal Krishna Karmacharya, Conservation Officer in GNP Nepal) presented on current updates and strategies of VSZ in Nepal. The Chairperson, DLSOs stated their reports of diclofenac monitoring in Manang and Mustang districts and harmful effect of diclofenac to vultures. They added the current law and punishment for use of banned diclofenac. A short documentary film of “Saving Asia’s Vulture from Extinction” (SAVE) was shown for refreshment and to make the participants commitment for vulture conservation. During occasions the chief guest and all participants signed in Diclofenac-Free District Declaration banner. The programmes were closed with birding and vulture observation through binoculars in nearby area.

Talk program on Saving Vultures – 4th June 2013
Talk program on Saving Vultures-Conserving Birds of Prey Worldwide was organized at Apollo International Academy, Kathmandu on the occasion of World Environment Day- 2013. Dr. Munir Virani, director of The Peregrine Fund, Kenya, presented his fantastic talk on Need of Vultures and their Conservation Strategies. 28 emerging zoologists from Tribhuvan University were actively participated in the program.

One Day Distance Sampling Workshop -25th Aug 2012

One day Distance Sampling Workshop has been completed successfully on Saturday, 25th August, 2012 at Hotel Palagya, Kathmandu. The training benefited 23 young researchers from Central Department of Zoology and Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University and faculties from affiliated colleges, conservation agencies and Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. We would like to acknowledge all the partner agencies and Dr. FALK HUETTMANN, Ass. Prof. -EWHALE lab- University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), USA for his outstanding contribution as Resource Person and Lecturer in the training workshop.


Congratulation to Mr. Dikpal Krishna Karmacharya, Conservation Officer at Global Primate Network-Nepal, who has been granted (GBP 5950.00) from Rufford Small Grants Foundation, UK for the project entitled “Extensive Exploration and Conservation of Himalayan Vulture in Annapurna Conservation Area”.

Congratulation to Mr. Ganga Ram Regmi, Coordinator for the Division of Primatology and Human-Wildlife Interactions at Global Primate Network-Nepal, who has been awarded WWF-US Russell E. Train Fellowship for Nature Program (USD 5,000.00) to attend the “Species Monitoring and Conservation: Terrestrial Mammals” course going to be held at Smithsonian Institute, USA from 29 April to 10 May 2013.”.
Congratulation to Mr. Kamal Kandel, Coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Research at Global Primate Network-Nepal, who is attending “Durrell Endangered Species Management Course (DESMAN)” with full scholarship (GBP 9,000.00). The training program is going to be held from February to April 2013 at “Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, New Jersey, Channel Islands, UK.”.
Our President, Ganga Ram Regmi has been selected to attend both the IPS Pre-Congress Training Programme (September 8-11, 2010) and XXIII IPS Congress (September 12-18, 2010) going to be held in Kyoto, Japan. This global event has been organized by International Primatological Society.

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