On 18th December 2019, Local Conservation groups working on the birds and biodiversity from all over the country gathered at ‘The heaven of birds’, Jagdispur lake to attend the National workshop of ‘Nepal Bird Conservation Network-NBCN’. the representative of several groups, organization and delegated individuals were participated in the workshop in order to share, learn and assess the activities undertaken for the conservation of biodiversity in the respective areas.
With the support of Bird Conservation Nepal, Jagdispur Reservoir Bahusarokar Manch facilitate the program at local level. Participants from Kailali, Banke, Bardiya, Dang, Kapilvastu, Rupandehi, Nawalparasi, Kaski, Jajarkot, Palpa, Gulmi, Makawanpur, Kathmandu, Udayapur, Sunsari, Chitwan, Ilam districts attend the workshop. Participants were representative from 28 IBAs of Nepal. Three days long programme was held on 19-21 December 2019 at Auditorium hall of Kanakmani Higher Secondary School.
The inaugural session commenced with the unveiling of programme banner by the chief guest, Minister Mr. Lila Giri, Minister of Industry, tourism, Forest and Environment, Province-5. There were invitees of government officials i.e. Department of irrigation, Division Forest Office, Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police, Lumbini Development Trust, Department of Immigration-Belahiya, local government etc. conservation organizations, journalists, schools and tourism sectors.
Mrs. Ishana Thapa, CEO of Bird Conservation Nepal presented the overall objective of the workshop, organization, importance and status of birds and biodiversity in globe and Nepal, their conservation status and our responsibility towards the conservation. The chief guest Hon. Lila Giri, a minister of Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment, Province-5 highlighted the need of institutional continuity and collaboration of concern parties in the biodiversity conservation. Other guests of the program were Bishnu Panthi, Dirgha Narayan Pandey, Arjun KC, Sahasram Yadav, Dharma Bahadur Lal Yadav Parliament Members of Province 5, Chief District Officer, Gajendra Bahadur Shrestha, Chief of District Police, Dip Shamsher Rana and representative of district level stakeholders. Speakers appreciated the collaboration of local conservation groups on bird and biodiversity conservation and thanked everyone for actively participating the programme and messaged to keep steps on nature conservation campaign.
After the end of inaugural session, all the participants from several groups, different part of the country were inculcated on ‘Citizen Scientist role on conservation Science’ by Prof. Kara Bahadur Shah, a vice president of Bird Conservation Nepal. The workshop was designed to enhance the capacity of field based Nepal Bird Conservation Network members for bird and biodiversity monitoring and conservation. 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 IBAs 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. The workshop concluded with identifying the threats in IBAs of Nepal and its conservation actions.