NTNC sign Project Agreement with ZSL

Mr. Gajurel and Dr. Baral exchanging signed copies of agreement
Mr. Gajurel and Dr. Baral exchanging signed copies of agreement

The National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) signed a project agreement to implement Supporting Trans-boundry Tiger Recovery in India and Nepal Project in and around the national parks and wildlife reserves adjoined to India in Tarai region. The Member Secretary of NTNC Mr. Govinda Gajurel and the Country Manager of ZSL signed the agreement on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at NTNC KUmaltar, Lalitpur.

In support of the national commitment to double the tiger number by 2022 and concerning the increased poaching of tiger in major habitats in the country, particularly in the West Nepal, the project will be implemented in Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Bardia National Park, Banke National Park, Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve and buffer-zone areas.

The agreement aims to implement the different conservation and awareness raising acti vitiesin close collaboration with Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC and the respective protected areas. Major activities are focused on conducting camera trapping to study the status of tiger and their prey species, providing training to increase the capacity of government staff working in conservation, improving the effectiveness of security network, setting up new security posts and provide support to security forces and community youths in patrolling inside and outside the protected areas. The estimated cost for this three-year project is NPR 95.234 million and the project will be continued up to December 2018.