Asia

Betty J.L. Laglbauer

Impacts, Alternative Solutions and Awareness of Mobula Fisheries in Indonesia

This project will combine fishing market surveys, citizen science, and interviews in West Nusa Tenggara to (1) describe species specific abundance at main aggregation sites, (2) describe species-specific foraging habits of mobulas, and (3) outreach activities to promote understanding between stakeholders while exploring potential solutions to reduce mobula by-catch and directed fisheries in Indonesia. Implementation of conservation measures on a local scale will be supported by producing information on the overlap of specific fisheries with potential feeding grounds, a photographic database, educational material, and recommendations for governmental institutions.

Pushpa Raj Acharya

Conservation Initiatives for Fruit Bats in Nepal

The status of fruit bat colonies in Nepal will be assessed during field surveys, and the information relayed to local communities and policy makers to ensure the conservation of the bats.

Rahayu Ayu

Spatial Distribution and Habitat Suitability Analysis of Javan Gibbon in Gunung Halimun Salak National Park

(a) To identify habitat preference of javan gibbon (b) To establish accurate map of spatial distribution of javan gibbon and provide an overview threats that javan gibbons facing across the landscape.

Sheema Abdul Aziz

Project Pteropus: Interactions between Flying Foxes, Plants and People on Tioman Island – Implications for Conservation

Understanding the role of flying foxes (Pteropus spp.) in forest ecosystems and people’s lives, and promoting co-existence between fruit bats and humans in Peninsular Malaysia.

Samjhana Kawan

Empowering Local Women and Youth for Long Term Conservation of Globally Threatened Lesser Adjutant in Lumbini IBA, Western Nepal

This project aims to empower local women and youth for long term conservation of Globally Threatened Lesser Adjutant in Lumbini IBA, Western Nepal, through continuous ecological monitoring, capacity building trainings and awareness rising activities to mitigate their major anthropogenic threats in collaboration with local government and conservation agencies.

Malcolm Soh

Conserving Montane Anuran and Avian Communities in Peninsular Malaysia: Investigating the Effects of Habitat Degradation and Climate Change

I will study the impacts of habitat and climate change on montane anuran and avian communities in Peninsular Malaysia comparing data that I surveyed 12 years earlier. I am also investigating the phylogenetic relationships and differential resilience of sub-populations of montane species across different geographic scales.

Prakash Bhattarai

Community Participation for Conservation of Threatened Orchid Dactylorhiza hatagirea in Jumla District

We aim to identify the population status and threats to target species for possible conservation measures. We will raise awareness, strengthen capacity in order to conserve Dactylorhiza hatagirea.

Roshan Kumar Thakur

Geospatial Modeling of Walk Trails of Asian Elephant as a Tool for Mitigating Human Elephant Conflicts in Central Nepal

A major obstacle in strategies for Asian elephant’s conservation is a lack of communication between policy makers, conservationists and farmers; making steps between planning and action inefficient; which hinders future success of conservation strategies that reduce human-elephant conflicts. Here I aim to improve the situation in close dialogue with farmers, forest officers, conservationists, and together assess the habitat use of elephants as a tool for mitigating human-elephant conflicts. To achieve that goal I will (1) investigate elephant walk trails in central Nepal, (2) make predictions of potentially suitable elephant’s habitat and (3) communicate this information to different forest user groups.

Tshewang Jaimo

Abundance and distribution of Clouded Leopard in Royal Manas National Park

This project will assess the abundance and distribution of clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) in Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan. The information generated from this project be useful for planning long term conservation strategy of felids in the park.

Leki

The Population Structure, Distribution, and Habitat Use of Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) in Central Part of Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan

This proposed study intends to estimate the abundance and population structure of blue sheep, and determine the habitat utilization pattern of blue sheep in the study area.