As a partner of Birdlife International, Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) is engaged in monitoring the status of Nepal’s bird and ensuring their protection. With the identification of 27 critical sites of birds known as Important Bird Areas (IBAs) – occurring in forests, grasslands and freshwater ecosystems – BCN is playing a key role in conserving our feathered friends, especially those which are nationally and globally threatened.
The State of Nepal’s Birds 2010 is a scientific report which has identified the state of Nepal’s birds, the pressures upon them and the key responses needed to tackle the new challenges and issues which have emerged since the publication of State of Nepal’s Birds in 2004. The depletion of forests, grasslands and wetlands is posing a threat to the survival of the Nepalese birds. Human demands are putting increasing pressure on species, sites and habitats resulting in the loss of biodiversity and, subsequently, leading to ecosystem degradation and disruption of essential ecosystem services such as food, water, energy and raw materials. Also, a new set of issues and challenges has emerged including climate change, which is certain to have an impact on birds.
BCN is well aware that conservation objectives cannot be met by a stand-alone mode. Our philosophy is to work together with communities, conservation partners, government agencies, civil society and the general public. From influencing policy to implementing action at the grassroots, BCN is working with all.
I believe that this pioneer publication will help us to raise awareness, share knowledge and fine-tune our future strategies to protect the Nepalese birds. BCN is committed to effectively implementing the recommendations made in this report. I am thankful to the Government of Nepal and other national and international conservation partners for working with us to improve the status of our birds and biodiversity, and for their unrelenting support for BCN.