Nepal is now often cited as a success story for conservation. Its Government announced it had achieved a milestone in conservation efforts on World Wildlife Day 2014, when it claimed “zero poaching of rhinos, tigers, and elephants for the year ending February 2014.
Protecting wildlife has become a top priority of the government and the army, frontline staff in national parks and reserves, police and local communities are working together across the major protected areas with tigers, Chitwan and Bardia national parks, and Parsa and Suklaphanta wildlife reserves, to crack down on wildlife criminals.
A 2013 census estimated that there were around 198 wild tigers across the country an increase of around 60% since a census in 2009. Due to increased protection, population numbers in some National Parks in Nepal have increased.
This project will carry out robust biological and habitat monitoring to inform conservation management of the landscape to the east of PNP. ZSL will also work with local communities to generate support for tiger conservation in the landscape through effective awareness campaigns as well as building a knowledge base for the participatory design of strategies to mitigate human-tiger conflict which will increasingly arise.
A new project from ZSL trialing ‘Participatory Approaches to Corridor-Coexistence with Tigers’, reducing human-tiger conflict situation for communities living in the buffer zones of Parsa National Park.