Second national workshop of Nepal Bird Conservation Network (NBCN) held in Bardiya from 14 to 16 March 2019. Participants from the Local Conservation Groups (LCG) representing 25 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAS) out of 37 IBAs were participated on the workshop. The inauguration session of workshop was chaired by Ram Bahadur Shahi, president of Bardiya Nature Conservation Club, which is local organizer of the workshop and Mayor of Thakur Baba Municipality, Ghana Narayana Shrestha was the chief guest. It is an event designed to enhance the capacity of field based Nepal Bird Conservation Network members for bird and biodiversity monitoring and conservation. Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) primarily focused to aware the key local Conservation Groups on spread awareness amongst the wider communities and influencing stakeholders and agencies in positioning the IBA management and conservation actions. This helps to educate a reluctant public and key stakeholder in the critical role of IBA to the well-being of the environment.
Chief guest Ghana Narayana Shrestha highlighted that the local government bodies are really keen to know the biodiversity and its conservation strategy on their respective sites so recommend to advocate them properly for mainstreaming the conservation and management agenda. The inauguration session was followed by short remarks from the other guests Radha Chaudhary, president, Thakur Baba Municipality, ward no. 9, Netra Acharya, president, Bardia National Park, Buffer Zone Management Committee, Badri Binod Dahal, Assistant Conservation Officer, Bardiya National Park, Chandra Prasad Chapagain, Chief of Shibha Dal Gana, Bardiya National Park, Bashu Dev Bhattarai, secretary, School Environment Education Network, Nepal, Laxmi Raj Joshi, Conservation Officer, NTNC Bardiya Conservation Program and representative from community based anti-poaching unit, Ecotourism Development Forum, Bardiya and journalists. Guest speakers highly appreciated the progressive efforts and enthusiastic local participation for bird and biodiversity conservation. The training session included detail about birds and IBAs status of Nepal and role of LCG presented by Krishna Bhusal, Vulture Conservation Program Officer and Mitra Pandey, Senior Project Officer, BCN. The second day session included presentation from LCGs representatives on annual progress made on bird and biodiversity conservation with way forward. The workshop concluded with identifying the threats in IBAs of Nepal and its conservation actions.