Role of Women in Biodiversity Conservation (Security): Lesson Learnt from HIMAWANTI(THE HIMALAYAN GRASSROOTS WOMEN'S NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL) Nepal

anita shrestha
Posted October 9, 2018 from Nepal
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Wild boar: Wild boar camaera trapped during our research (1/5)

Author: Anita Shrestha, Gopi Paudel

Women has been contributing great role for conservation of biodiversity and protection of the community forest.  With the support from Asia- Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) , HIMWAWANTI Nepal has conducted the biodiversity study in Laglage Pakha CF of Chandragiri Municipility, Kathmandu. For this study two methods were applied  first one is technical method like direct and indirect method (camera trapping, sign survey) for mammals, transect survey for birds and  recorded all the butterfly and herpeto fauna and other was social method where study team interacted local people for  verify this technical data.

The result was found that there were found 12 species of mammals, 136 species of birds, 52 species of butterfly and eight species of herpeto fauna in entire field survey. Due to women participation for conservation of forest and not allow to poaching by women, more species have been found. Large Indian Civet and Critically Endangered Chinese Pangolin were trapped in the camera.Burrows were found sufficiently. Most importantly, it was found that three globally, five nationally threatened and two protected mammal species of Nepal.  This area was found to be suitable habitat for the summer visitor birds, that were 10 species; e.g. Grey-bellied Cuckoo (Cacomantis passerines), Drongo Cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris), Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) etc. Two nationally threatened bird species, Barn Owl (Tyto alba) and Pied Thrush (Zoothera wardii) were found. This all species have been protected through high effort of women for conservation and management of biodiversity

Key word.

Biodiversity

Community forest

Fauna

Mammals

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Urmila Chanam
Sep 03, 2019
Sep 03, 2019

Dear Anita,
I am so thrilled to learn that women in Nepal are playing a significant role in protection of wildlife especially endangered species. I wish women all around the world take the cue and take on this much needed role because illegal logging for timber, poaching, hunting for eating meat or just for pride are unhealthy but rampant practices which have not escaped any of the countries. In my state, Manipur in north eastern region in India I came across lot of hunting of Amur falcon, a beautiful trans continental bird which affects the orange harvest. People seldom realize how wildlife is connected to other aspects of our ecology and food chain and awareness building is very important to build responsibility in people. Thanks for sharing such a powerful article on women's role in wildlife protection. Keep sharing so we too can learn from your experiences.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam

Anita Shrestha
Sep 04, 2019
Sep 04, 2019

Dear Urmila
Thank you very much for your high word.

ANJ ANA
Sep 11, 2019
Sep 11, 2019

Dear Anita jee,
Thank you for sharing on this. So good to hear about the high effort of women in conserving the biodiversity. We would really love to read you more.
best regards,
anjana

cbittok
Oct 03, 2019
Oct 03, 2019

This is interesting Anita, would love to learn more