WWF Nepal Annual Report 2020
WILDLIFEThis past year, Nepal made history by satellite collaring two snow leopards in its Western Himalayan Landscape with vital support from local citizen scientists. This was shortly followed by the discovery of Nepal’s first High Altitude Tiger, paving the way for close transboundary partnerships in conserving these critical flagship species. Over the past decade, WWF Nepal has been actively working to restore herbivore assemblages in their historical ranges, finally succeeding in establishing a second viable population of blackbucks in Shuklaphanta National Park this year. Meanwhile, in a first for South Asia, Nepal also hosted the World Ranger Congress with the largest ever gathering of rangers and culminating in the signing of the Chitwan Declaration.
FORESTSMeanwhile our initiatives in forestry sector helped bring 42,959 hectares of forests under improved management, benefiting 25,539 forest dependent households through WWF supported livelihood diversification measures and forest-based enterprises.
CLIMATE & ENERGYUnder the climate and energy practice, WWF Nepal added 427,265 tons of carbon emission reductions through the second crediting period of Phase I of Nepal’s Gold Standard VER Project, bringing the total emission reductions to 952,889 tons. This year, we’ve also taken steps to reflect environmental goals at an operational level with WWF Nepal making significant headway in moving towards carbon neutrality.
FRESHWATERUnder the Freshwater practice Nepal embarked on its first ever assessment of Power System Pathways and High Conservation Value Rivers.
GOVERNANCESignificant progress has also been made under WWF Nepal’s newly established Governance practice with the proposed development of 14 dedicated wildlife crossing structures and a pilot of five canopy bridges in Banke National Park. Additionally, 17 municipalities were also supported in the drafting of Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation Acts and 253 marginalized right holders and duty bearers capacitated.
Despite the challenges faced, this year we reaffirmed and showcased how government commitment, community stewardship and strong partnerships can propel Nepal towards greater heights in conservation. These achievements are but tiny steps forward in a long and arduous journey towards a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature, and the time for transformative action is now. The challenge we face today is indicative of the delicate balance we must maintain with nature, and we stand at a pivotal moment in history with the opportunity to reverse damages and build a safer future - for people and the planet.