ICIMOD’s new publication launched on National Conservation Day


ICIMOD’s new publication, ‘An integrated assessment of the effects of natural and human disturbances on a wetland ecosystem - A Retrospective from the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve’ was launched on 23 September, amid a function organized to celebrate the 8th National Conservation Day. The chief guest for the event, Rt. Honourable Chairman of Constituent Assembly Subash Chandra Nembang, launched the book. ICIMOD’s Director of Strategic Cooperation Basanta Shrestha was present on the occasion.  

The integrated assessment was published with the joint efforts of ICIMOD and its strategic partner, the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation of the Nepal government. The book is an interdisciplinary work of more than 19 professionals from different thematic areas at ICIMOD, and experts from the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Biodiversity Conservation Network in Nepal, TERI in India and Tribhuvan University. This publication provides an in-depth assessment of the socioeconomic and ecological features of the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, with a focus on pertinent thematic areas such as climatic change trend and projection, land use and land cover change, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and community vulnerability including people’s perceptions of environmental changes. Two other conservation-related publications of consortium member organizations were also launched during the event.

National Conservation Day is celebrated every year to draw attention to pressing environmental and ecological issues, and to pay tribute to the legacy left behind by some of Nepal’s eminent conservationists who lost their lives in a tragic plane crash in 2006.

This year the National Conservation Day celebration highlighted the importance of Chure and its conservation, under the theme ‘Unite to Conserve Chure, the Treasure of Biodiversity’. Mr Baban Prasad Kayastha from Rautahat received the National Conservation Award from the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation for his exemplary contribution in the field of conservation. The award consists of a cash amount of NPR 151,000. Other prizes and scholarships were given to individuals and organizations for their notable work in the environment and conservation sectors.

Students of Ambition Academy and Jaya Multiple College performed a play about the conservation of Chure, while the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) screened a documentary featuring good practices and learning on the same topic.  

The event was led by the government of Nepal and supported by nine consortium member organizations including Bird Conservation Nepal, Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA), ICIMOD, IUCN, National Trust for Nature Conservation, World Wide Fund for Nature, and Wildlife Conservation.