Bird Conservation Nepal in collaboration with Bird Education Society organized a three-day long national-level workshop of Nepal Bird Conservation Network (NBCN) members at Rhino Hotel and Lodge, Sauraha, Chitwan from 20-22 December 2022. The workshop was organized to enhance the capacity of field-based conservation groups for bird and biodiversity monitoring and conservation and to bring in perspectives and feedback from all national-level conservationists for preparing an annual plan for the conservation of birds. Mr. Tika Giri, president of the Bird Education Society chaired the inaugural session and the workshop was inaugurated by Chief guest Mr. Hari Bhadra Acharya, Chief Conservation Officer, Chitwan National Park. Ms. Ishana Thapa, Chief Executive Officer of BCN delivered a presentation on "Strengthening Nepal Bird Conservation Network- A way forward". Mr. Raj Kumar Rai, Treasurer of the Executive Committee of BCN highlighted the importance of local conservation groups for monitoring and conservation of birds and biodiversity.
Representatives from local conservation groups working on birds and biodiversity conservation from thirty-two important bird and biodiversity areas attended the workshop. The workshop decided to carry out the following activities in all important bird and biodiversity areas in 2023:
· Carry out awareness campaigns to prevent bird poisoning.
· Discourage illegal bird trade in their individual areas.
· Preserve and manage the existing bird habitats.
· Create small bird habitats with a plantation of native bird-friendly plant species.
· Coordinate with the local and provincial government for the conservation of birds and their habitat.