Posted on 04 January 2023
WWF Nepal’s twenty-nine-year conservation journey has had its fair share of celebrations, achievements, and challenges. We have seen some significant wins in conserving two of our keystone species—tigers and greater one-horned rhinoceros. By working with the government, partner organizations, donors, and most importantly, local communities, WWF is proud to have contributed to the continued conservation of wildlife while uplifting local communities. The conservation of the greater one-horned rhinoceros has reached new heights with this fiscal year marking the 8th instance of 365 days of zero poaching of Rhinos and a historical record with 752 individual Rhinos this year, a 16% increase since the last national rhino count in 2015.
Most importantly, WWF Nepal has prepared its first landscape-level Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) screening tool and mitigation plan. These achievements have been made possible under the leadership of the government, supported by local communities, and dedicated conservation actors. As we continue our conservation journey, we are committed to establishing Nepal as a living example of a center of excellence for delivering conservation impacts with a human centered approach.
With climate change being an active driver of emerging freshwater, forests, and wildlife issues, WWF Nepal is supporting the Government of Nepal and working closely with development partners and local communities to address this critical issue through innovative and synergetic actions. WWF Nepal aims to create a sustainable environment for all life on earth by expanding its work from indicator megafauna and small mammals such as the pangolin and red panda, to freshwater species like the gharial, otter, and river dolphins as well as medicinal and aromatic plant species.
While we are happy with increasing wildlife numbers, we are also mindful about the emerging issue of Human Wildlife Conflict. Therefore, WWF Nepal strives to reconcile these differences and put Nepal on the global map of the Human Wildlife Coexistence model.