BCN Celebrates 41st Annual General Meeting
BCN Celebrates 41st Annual General Meeting
17 Dec 2023

Bird Conservation Nepal celebrated its 41st AGM successfully on 16th December 2023 at Parelee Caters Pvt. Ltd., Kathmandu. The event was chaired by Prof. Karan Bahadur Shah, President, BCN Executive Council Board and Dr. Sindhu Prasad Dhungana, Director General (DG), Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation graced the event as chief guest. Dr. Ghana Shyam Gurung, Country Representative WWF Nepal was the special guest of the event. Mr. Santosh Bikram Shah, President, Ranibari Community Forest, Dr. Hum Gurung, BirdLife International Asia Representative, Ms. Roshni Adhikari, President, Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalist (NEFEJ) were the guests of the event. Participation of Advisors, Patron Members, BCN's Executive Council Members, Life Members, General Members, Students and Media personnel made the event more meaningful and exciting.

During the event, Nepal Bird Conservation Network (NBCN) Grant Award worth Nrs. 1 Lakh was given to Koshi Bird Society and Jagdispur Jalasaya Byabasthapan Bahusarokar Manch for their significant contributions in bird and biodiversity conservation. Likewise, Jatayu Research Scholarship worth Nrs. 30,000 each was awarded to Aashish Thapa and Prabesh Pandey to assist university student in research of critically endangered vultures. BCN also welcomed Mr. Sujan Kumar Shrestha as new Patron Members at the event.

The discussion session began with presentation on BCN’s Annual Progress Report from Mr. Ashok Bahadur Malla, General Secretary followed by Annual Financial Report from Mr. Raj Kumar Rai, Treasurer, BCN Executive Council Board. The queries on various issues raised by members were addressed by Prof. Karan Bahadur Shah and concluded the session highlighting the importance of Nepal as a hotspot for birds. As a take home message, Prof. Shah said that the future of birds and its conservation in Nepal is getting better and better with growing number of bird enthusiast, researcher and students.