Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone Support Project

© Wenzel Prokosch
The peak of Mount Everest.
© Wenzel Prokosch

Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone Support Project (SNPBZSP) was implemented in the Sagramatha National Park and Buffer Zone from July 2006 under the framework of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape. It has been jointly implemented by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and WWF Nepal. The project covers an area of 1,423 km2 spanning over three village development committees and has a population of more than 6,000 residing in more than 1,450 households.

After more than a decade of WWF Nepal’s intervention in Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone (SNPBZ) in partnership with Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation/Government of Nepal, WWF Nepal took the approach of collaborative management by partnering with Sagarmatha National Park Buffer Zone Management Committee (SNP BZMC) and other locally based Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for continuing conservation efforts in the Sagarmatha region.

The project is supporting the SNP BZMC to conduct community based sustainable biodiversity conservation activities in SNPBZ. With the help of local people intensive anti-poaching operations efforts are being carried out to discourage illegal activities and poaching in SNPBZ.

In addition to this, local users are mobilized to adopt climate change adaptation activities. Local users have been involved in sustainable management of Gokyo and associated lakes, recently declared Ramsar site in the SNPBZ.

Successful completion of Ghatte microhydro scheme, 70kW and Chhuserma microhydro scheme, 35 kW have benefitted over 150 households (HHs) by providing fuelwood alternatives. On the other hand, direct pressure on forest has also been reduced due to the implementation of the two micro hydro schemes.