On 9-10 March 2023, a two-day Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction (SAVE) meeting was organized, which was followed by the release of the tagged captive vultures at the Vulture Release Site at Jatayu Restaurant, Kawasoti, Nawalpur. The program was chaired by Mr. DB Chaudhary and Mr. Haribhadra Acharya, Chief Conservation Officer, Chitwan National Park graced the event as Chief Guest. Two days meeting was successfully completed with participants from six different countries with vulture conservation programs in Asia.
The main objective of the meeting was to understand the scenario of vulture conservation and its future in Asia. Highlights of the program were to share the achievements and update the vulture conservation efforts in Asia region. Discussion of the meeting was focused on how to cope with the challenge of evolving of new NSAIDs in the markets. For this, Dr. Rhys Green suggested that continuous testing of toxicity of drugs must be continued if we don’t want to face the scenario like that of Diclofenac.
During the program, ten captive reared vultures with satellite tags were released in the wild from Vulture Release site (10 satellite tagged wild Vultures were also released previously at the same site), Vulture Safe Feeding site at Kawasoti. Representatives from Gandaki Province Parliament, different media, local community, national and international organizations working in vulture conservation participated the event.