Britain-Nepal 200: celebrating Nepal's success stories in biodiversity conservation

Held as part of Britain-Nepal 200 bicentenary celebrations.

 

Keynote talks:

KP Acharya, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal
Celebrating Nepal's successes in biodiversity conservation

Fanindra Raj Kharel, Director General, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Government of Nepal
Setting the scene: biodiversity conservation in Nepal

Professor Jonathan Baillie, Director of Conservation Programmes, ZSL
Linkages in conservation and social economic wellbeing

 

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The rich biodiversity of Nepal is a tribute to its diverse climate, altitudinal variation and geography. In total 118 ecosystems have been identified, and the country is home to some of the world’s most remarkable plant and animal species.

Over the past 40 years the government of Nepal has been at the forefront of conservation in South Asia, with the introduction of effective ‘Conservation Areas’, and implementation of robust environmental legislation and anti-poaching measures. These initiatives have proven highly successful and in 2011 and 2013 Nepal celebrated zero poaching. However, human population growth, exacerbated by climate change, and a period of social and political instability, and recently the April 2015 earthquake, have resulted in increased pressure on habitats and wildlife. Recent conservation successes will be showcased to demonstrate how the strategies utilized in Nepal provide valuable examples for conservation activities across the rest of the subcontinent.

This event celebrates the bicentenary of Nepal–UK relations, characterized by increasing political and economic affiliations and a valuable exchange in culture and science. Presentations will reflect on the history of Anglo–Nepalese collaboration, and explore the socio-economic, political and environmental context for conservation in Nepal. Case studies will describe key conservation programmes, including a species-recovery programme for vultures and gharial. Monitoring and anti-poaching measures for rhinoceros, and the impact of invasive species will also be discussed.

Speakers and Chairs include:

Mr Charles Allen
KP Acharya, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal
Fanindra Raj Kharel, Director General, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Government of Nepal
Dr Hem Sagar Baral, Nepal Conservation Programme, ZSL
Professor Jonathan Baillie, Director of Conservation Programmes, ZSL
Dr Gitanjali Bhattacharya, Programme Manager-South and Central Asia, ZSL
Field Marshall Sir John Chapple GCB CBE DL
Laura Clarke, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Government
Iri Gill, Zoological Society of London
Carol Inskipp
Professor Richard Kock, Royal Veterinary College
Nick Lindsay, Zoological Society of London
Ann Sylph, ZSL
Dr Mark Watson, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The discounted registration fee is available to ZSL Members and Fellows, Students, Linnean Society Fellows, Members of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and senior citizens.

 

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