• photo: KTK BELT

    Nepal: Koshi Tappu to Kanchenjunga Wildlife Corridor

  • photo: KTK BELT

    Nepal: Koshi Tappu to Kanchenjunga Wildlife Corridor

  • photo: KTK BELT

    Nepal: Koshi Tappu to Kanchenjunga Wildlife Corridor

  • photo: KTK BELT

    Nepal: Koshi Tappu to Kanchenjunga Wildlife Corridor

In Brief

Location:

Eastern Nepal, along the border with India, extending from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Nepal’s largest wetland, in a northeasterly direction for 250 km to Mt. Kanchenjunga. 

Goal:

The project aims to conserve species and habitats along a necklace of reserves starting at 67 meters elevation within the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, up glacial valleys and along mountain ridges to the heights of the world’s third tallest mountain, Kanchenjunga, at 2,586 meters.  ICFC support for this project will focus on two of the six conservation units described as the “bookends” of the 250-km corridor.

Conservation Value:

The entire corridor of glacier-fed riparian habitats includes an incredible diversity: 7,800 plant, 800 bird, 206 mammal and 185 fish species have been identified.  Among the endangered species are the snow leopard, clouded leopard, red panda, Chinese pangolin, wild water buffalo, Ganges river dolphin, gharial (crocodile), swamp florican, and five species of vultures.  There are 6 climatic zones and a 8,000-meter elevation gain, supporting 118 forest types.

Threats:

Between 1990 and 2005, Nepal lost 1.2 million hectares of forest cover in just 15 years.  Climate change is having a disproportionate impact on Nepal. Other threats:

  • Encroachment upon existing reserves by a growing human population
  • Local needs for forest, grazing, and water resources
  • Lack of outreach and enforcement concerning laws that protect endangered species and habitats
  • Agricultural chemicals and run-off
  • Overgrazing of cattle
Fishing Cat and Himalayan Monal.  photos: KTK-BELT

 

Actions & Results:

  • Strategic purchase of 40 acres of land along eastern edge of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Refuge to stop encroachment and restore habitats - COMPLETED;
  • Restoration of habitat at Koshi Tappu and Kanchenjunga to increase connectivity of corridor
  • Installation of signage and fencing as needed to mitigate human and livestock damage
  • Development of education outreach that target the enforcement of laws protecting wildlife and habitats

Project Field Partner:

KTK-BELT, INC

Size of Area Involved:

2,035 km2 in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area;  175 km2 in the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

Cost:

  • Koshi Tappu land acquisition, 2018: USD $120,473 (please help us raise this!)
  • Koshi Tappu conservation actions over two years (2018-2019): cost to ICFC US$39,567 (third of  $118,702 total budget)
  • Kanchenjunga US $47,115 for land acquisition (support for this welcome!)
  • Kanchenjunga conservation activities over three years (2018-2020): $118,702

photo: KTK BELT

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