Launch of the groundbreaking publication “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas in Nepal (IBAs)”
Launch of the groundbreaking publication “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas in Nepal (IBAs)”
15 Apr 2024

Bird Conservation Nepal in collaboration with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and the Department of Forest and Soil Conservation (DOFSC) published the “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas in Nepal” book, taking a momentous step forward in its commitment to conservation. The official unveiling of the book was done by Bed Kumar Dhakal, Deputy Director General of DNPWC on the auspicious occasion of 29th Wildlife Week (14th April 2024) at Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park.

The IBA Book is a comprehensive resource that provides in-depth information about key sites for the conservation of Nepal’s birds and biodiversity through meticulous research and collaboration with leading experts, and has the following objectives:

·    To contribute to the development of the National Biodiversity Strategy and the implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategy Implementation Plan.

·   To assist Nepal in meeting its obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity and other international agreements touching on biodiversity conservation.

·   To inform decision-makers and technical advisers at local, national, and international levels of the existence and vital importance of these sites, so that appropriate steps can be taken for their conservation.

·  To identify clear priorities for conservation action, and encourage Government, national and international non-governmental organizations, and international agencies to address these.

·   To identify research needs and gaps in knowledge that should be addressed by the scientific community.

·   To provide relevant and useful material for training and education.

·   To provide information that can be used by birdwatchers and can contribute to the growth of bird and wildlife ecotourism in Nepal.

 This landmark publication marks a significant milestone in Nepal's efforts to safeguard its rich avian diversity and precious biodiversity.