WWF Nepal Annual Report 2019
In spite of the odds.
Nepal stands at the precipice of becoming the first country to double its tiger population, highlighting that through sustained partnerships and unwavering resolve, critical interventions can be made to restore wildlife; even those that are teetering closely to the brink of extinction. To add to this massive feat, Nepal sustained another year of zero poaching of its rhinos, while increasing the overall habitat occupancy of tigers in the Terai Arc Landscape by 13%, to now stand at 68%.
Through community stewardship.
This fiscal year, our engagements in sustainable forest management have helped improve ecological and social impact for communities while increasing yield and productivity of forests in the long run. Meanwhile, climate and energy interventions have helped reduce carbon emissions by approximately 105,000 tons, in addition to building the resilience of vulnerable households. Furthermore, 17 wetlands were restored in a bid to maintain freshwater ecosystem integrity. These continuous efforts over the last year have culminated in the improved protection and management of 87,148 ha of critical habitats, watersheds and forests - benefitting over 31,000 households across WWF Nepal’s working areas.
With 20/20 vision.
Sustainability continues to drive all the work that we do. Envisioning a sustainable Nepal, the Government of Nepal in a preemptive move declared Chitwan National Park as the country’s first plastic-free protected area and also launched the country’s first Green School Guideline aiming to build a generation of environmentally conscious citizens. WWF Nepal continues to strive towards this vision, working to localize environment related Sustainable Development Goals and promote Sustainable Green Infrastructure.
Following WWF Nepal’s realignment to contribute towards the global goals of Forest, Wildlife, Climate and Energy, and Freshwater in 2016, this year WWF Nepal incorporated Governance as a key thematic goal recognizing the importance of inclusive conservation in the context of a newly federated Nepal, going on to develop a Local Environment and Natural Resources Conservation Act; a model framework for all 753 local government units.
Our achievements in conservation, however come with its share of challenges. As wildlife numbers increase within and beyond our protected areas, so do cases of human wildlife encounters and conflict. While we have seen successes in protecting biodiversity within our national parks, illegal wildlife activities continue to filter through the cracks. Compounded by the looming climate crisis, our efforts in conservation have never been more important.