Workshop on Vulture Conservation to mark 15th IVAD
Workshop on Vulture Conservation to mark 15th IVAD
31 Aug 2023

On September 28, 2023, Lumbini Provincial Level Workshop on Vulture Conservation took place at Pauwa Hotel in Bhaluwang, Dang. The event in collaboration with Nepal Vulture Conservation Movement Network with support from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Conservation Leadership Program (CLP). The workshop was hosted by journalist Mr. Sanjay Gupta. The Honorable Finance Minister of Lumbini, Dhana Bahadur Maski, was the guest of honor, while Mr. Dilli Bahadur Rawat, President, Nepal Vulture Conservation Movement Network chaired the workshop. The program began with the ceremonial lighting of the panas by the Honorable Finance Minister, officially inaugurating the event. Bhupal Nepali and Deelip Chand, Project Officer, BCN delivered a presentation titled “Vulture Conservation and Threats: Scenario in Nepal,” offering valuable insights into the country's vulture conservation status and challenges. Mr. Dhaneshwor Neupane, a representative from the Ministry of Forest and Environment, Lumbini Province, then presented the allocated budget for vulture and biodiversity conservation in various districts for the current fiscal year, providing important context for participants. The workshop facilitated group discussions, allowing local partners engaged in vulture conservation efforts in their respective districts to address specific challenges. These discussions presented diverse perspectives on the opportunities and obstacles in vulture conservation. The Honorable Finance Minister reassured participants that budget allocation for wildlife conservation marked just the beginning, expressing commitment to sustaining such allocations in the future. He also extended his gratitude to Bird Conservation Nepal for its significant role in vulture conservation efforts across the country. Chairman Dilli Bahadur Rawat's closing remarks highlighted the crucial significance of vulture conservation. He thanked the Lumbini Government and the Honorable Minister for their initiative in allocating a budget for species-based conservation this fiscal year. The workshop concluded on an optimistic note, underscoring a shared dedication to preserving Nepal's vulture population.