An agreement between NTNC and ZSL Nepal for strengthening tiger conservation initiatives across the western Terai landscape of Nepal has been made today. NTNC Member Secretary Mr Sharad Chandra Adhikary and ZSL Nepal Country Representative Dr Hem Sagar Baral officially signed the agreement to implement the livelihood component of the IUCN funded project entitled 'Tigers in Nepal: Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change' at the NTNC central office in Khumaltar. ZSL Nepal will provide the fund, with NTNC undertaking the role of project implementation.
The project will be implemented in the northern buffer zones of Shuklaphanta National Park (ShNP) and Banke National Park (BaNP). In ShNP, activities will be implemented in Bedkot, Sundevi and Trishakti buffer zone user committees (BZUC) while in BaNP, they will be implemented in Ryang, Batule (Howkhola), Jyamire Kholi, Ambas, Ghuiyabari and Hattidamar of Hattidamar Ghuiyabari BZUC, with more than 5,000 poor and climate vulnerable households as direct beneficiaries.
The project will primarily focus on human-wildlife conflict mitigation measures through fencing and predator-proof corals; strengthening livelihood and income generation alternatives for local communities through organic farming and green skill-based enterprises development, including animal husbandry; promotion of nature-based tourism opportunities; capacity building; and community institutional development measures. These interventions are expected to help reduce the threats to tigers while providing opportunities for the buffer zone forest-dependent communities to build economic resilience in the context of changing climate.
The duration for the implementation of the project will be six months, with a total budget of around NPR 6.4 million. The next phase of the project agreement will be carried out after the successful implementation of this component of the project.