8th Meeting of Saving Asia’s Vulture from Extinction "SAVE" has begun in Nepal from 29 November to 30th November 2018 at Hotel View Bhrikuti, Godawari.
At the opening ceremony of the 8th Annual SAVE meeting in Kathmandu, SAVE Chairman Professor David Houston today formally welcomed Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation as the nineteenth Member of SAVE. Man Bahadur Khadka accepted a bouquet and expressed that the was pleased DNPWC is to become a full Partner, recognition of the close relationship and mutual support this represents. David Houston went on to emphasise how the vulture conservation work in Nepal has led the way not only with respect to developing the Vulture Safe Zone concept, but in achieving the first large scale reductions in diclofenac use which have directly led to vulture populations starting to recover. He went on to say how the releases close to Chitwan National Park are a great flagship and so far are going extremely well. Two of the fonder members of SAVE, Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and the National Trust for Nature Conservation have been working hand in hand with DNPWC, and BCN are the hosts of this year’s meeting.
Forty delegates representing six range countries and other international experts have converged on Kathmandu to review progress and evaluate changes to the regional Blueprint Recovery Plan. This plan also represents the main Asian component of the CMS multi-species Action Plan for vultures.