Posted on 29 December 2023
WWF celebrates 30 glorious years in Nepal, with its fair share of contributions, celebrations, achievements, challenges and the journey towards excellence ahead. It is with immense pleasure and gratitude that we present to you our 30th anniversary edition of the WWF Nepal annual report. This milestone year has been a remarkable one, with strides in the recovery of endangered species, increased forest covers, landscape level restorations, strengthened partnerships and enhanced community stewardship.
This year, Nepal became one of the first tiger range countries to not only reach but go beyond its TX2 commitment - the global goal to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 by almost tripling its tiger numbers from 121 in 2009 to 355 in 2022. This year has also seen the completion of the first ever systematic camera trap survey of Snow Leopards in Shey Phoksundo National Park, showing evidence of approximately 90 of the big cats thriving in the region.
While species recovery is in progress, we have also experienced an increase in negative human-wildlife interactions. We will be prioritizing our efforts on the management of negative interactions between human and wildlife. In the coming years, we will continue our work on habitat connectivity, curbing of illegal wildlife crime, freshwater conservation, wildlife friendly infrastructure development, and diversification of livelihood opportunities while addressing climate adversities. With these efforts and past experiences, we are committed towards developing a model for human Wildlife Coexistence.
We will adhere to the principles of inclusive conservation through institutionalizing of women’s groups, encouraging youth involvement and by mainstreaming indigenous people and local communities. We will prioritize green, resilient, and inclusive mode of actions to ensure an enabling environment for Nepal’s contribution to Global biodiversity framework’s goals by 2030.
WWF is thankful towards the government for its leadership and towards our partner organizations, supporters and most importantly, indigenous people and local communities for their partnership and collaboration. We are also extremely grateful to our generous donors who have trusted and invested in our initiatives under a very challenging global economic environment. We will continue to do our best to support these collaborative efforts for the greater cause of people and nature in Nepal and beyond.
Let's explore the pages of this annual report where the stories of our conservation journey unfold. May it inspire you as it has inspired us to redouble our efforts in the pursuit of a harmonious coexistence between people and nature.