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Workshop on bird conservation through sustainable enterprising at Mai Valley Forest Landscape, Ilam
Workshop on bird conservation through sustainable enterprising at Mai Valley Forest Landscape, Ilam
20 Mar 2024

Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) carried out a stakeholder consultation workshop to explore the possibility of bird conservation through sustainable enterprising at Sandakpur Rural Municipality, Ilam District; a part of Mai Valley Forest Landscape on March 20, 2024. The workshop was carried out in collaboration with Mountain Organization Nepal (MOON), Ilam and supported by BirdLife International.

A total of 28 participants were present in the workshop to discuss the current status of tea, cardamom and Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) production in the area, market availability, necessary interventions and appropriate benefit sharing mechanism to foster bird conservation in the area. All the participants actively participated in group discussions and presented their ideas on aforementioned topics. During the workshop, BCN's Senior Program Manager, Khadananda Paudel, discussed the organization's efforts to conserve birds and their habitats throughout Nepal, the necessity of a bird conservation project in the Mai Valley IBA, the project's goals, and its scope. Likewise, Kiran Gosai, Research Associate of BCN facilitated the group discussion of the workshop. Dhan Bahadur Khamdang and Krishna Rai from MOON moderated the program. The workshop ended with the closing remarks from Dinesh Kumar Subedi, President of the executive committee of MOON. The workshop provided good base for the stakeholders to strategize and make informed decision to conserve birds through sustainable enterprising.