|Town/Region||Gaurishhankar Conservation Area|
|Categories||Communities, Mammals, People|
|Date||15 Dec 2014|
Red panda (Ailurus fulgens) is an endemic to Himalaya, an indicator species of Eastern Himalayan broad leaf and conifer eco-region. Nepal harbors about 5% of global population which is estimated about 350-550 wild population (Jnwali et al. 2011).Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA) is recognized as prime habitat for red panda in central part of the country and population distributed in nine isolated of habitats. However, these isolated populations are enduring threats through intensive grazing pressure, poaching, killed by dogs and fire wood collection that influence animal toward in verge of extinction in wild. Furthermore, insufficient ground-based conservation activities are primary bottle-neck in conserving wild red panda due to inhabitants of remote and inaccessible mountain terrain. Realizing this, establishing community participatory conservation is a crucial effort to draw attention on red panda conservation which is a cost effective way to collect reliable data. Broadly, project's aim is to establish community participatory red panda survey and monitoring mechanism to ensure ownership of local communities in biodiversity conservation.
This project will cover ground-based survey, capacity building and extension of conservation social networks in project sites. To achieve project's goal following objectives will be addressed:
Finally, community based monitoring mechanism will be established and regular monitoring will continue under LCS member as long term conservation. Through project three stakeholders; governmental, non-governmental conservation organization and local communities will be impacted and contribute in biodiversity conservation.
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