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28 Nov, 2018

As part of the regional initiative to survey and analyze the 'Status of Tiger Habitats in High Altitude Ecosystems in Bhutan, India and Nepal', the Government of Nepal's Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE) has taken response to lead undertakings in the country. In this relation, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between NTNC and Global Tiger Forum (GTF). The move comes following the regional initiative to determine tiger presence in higher altitudes, after tigers have been reported at over 4000 meters in Bhutan, and also from other high altitude forests in Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, and North Bengal in India. This will be the first of its kind initiative undertaken in Nepal wherein NTNC will provide technical support to MoFE. The preliminary project is being supported by IUCN-KFW and will comprise of data collection at selected sites in Nepal - starting from Far-Western Nepal in the districts of Dadeldhura, Baitadi and Darchula.

The situation analysis project aims to provide the rationale for stepping up high altitude conservation of an apex/umbrella species, like the tiger, while identifying the possible viable habitats, corridor linkages, anthropogenic pressures, induced changes for addressing a realistic roadmap of an in-situ conservation agenda comprising of wildlife interventions, and portfolio of actions for local people.