Wildlife dispersal from one forested area to another is crucial for gene flow and maintaining genetic diversity. Unfortunately, growing urbanization and development across landscapes has led to the fragmentation of forested wildlife habitats and, today, these patches of forests are primarily contained within protected areas.
Corridors, which include defined forested areas intermixed with grasslands and wetlands, provide connectivity between protected areas and are integral for easy dispersal of wildlife populations in conservation landscapes. With wildlife populations declining globally, it is imperative to prioritize or scale up restoration efforts in corridors, particularly in large natural areas and interconnected forests.
WWF Nepal took up its landscape level conservation journey with the Government of Nepal in Terai Arc Landscape two decades ago. Since then, it has continued to amplify its efforts towards restoring ecological connectivity between protected areas and enhancing benefits to communities living alongside the corridors of Nepal. This publication foregrounds the many interventions, achievements, challenges, and setbacks faced while restoring the critical corridors of the Terai Arc Landscape, elucidating and enhancing its relationship with the Government of Nepal, local communities, and conservation partners.