• Snow leopards. photo: Shivang Mehta

    Nepal: Protecting snow leopard habitat in the Himalayas

  • photo: KTK-BELT

    Nepal: Community-based conservation in the Himalayas

  • photo: KTK-BELT

    Nepal: Community-based conservation in the Himalayas

  • photo: KTK-BELT

    Nepal: Community-based conservation in the Himalayas

  • photo: KTK-BELT

    Nepal: Community-based conservation in the Himalayas

  • photo: KTK-BELT

    Nepal: Community-based conservation in the Himalayas

  • photo: KTK-BELT

    Nepal: Community-based conservation in the Himalayas

  • photo: KTK-BELT

    Nepal: Community-based conservation in the Himalayas

  • photo: KTK-BELT

    Nepal: Community-based conservation in the Himalayas

In Brief

Location:

Eastern Nepal in the high elevation watershed of Mt. Kanchenjunga

Goal:

The project aims to conserve species and habitats along a necklace of private and governmental reserves among the glacial valleys and along mountain ridges to the heights of the world’s third tallest mountain, Kanchenjunga, at 8,586 meters.

Conservation Value:

This entire upper-elevation corridor of glacier-fed riparian habitats includes an incredible diversity and among the endangered and threatened species are the snow leopard, clouded leopard, red panda, and Chinese pangolin.

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 are the lack of outreach and enforcement for laws that protect endangered species and habitats; the encroachment on existing reserves by a growing human population; and local needs for forest, grazing, and water resources.

Actions & Results:

  • In 2018, we complete a strategic purchase of land to stop encroachment and restore habitats.
  • We are providing educational outreach concerning the enforcement of laws protecting wildlife and habitats

See CNN story about KTK-Belt's innovative education program.

Project Field Partner:

KTK-Belt

Cost:

2020-2021 (one year) budget (ICFC portion): US$38,818
Cumulative cost to ICFC (2018-2020): US$118,875 for program activities; US$47,115 for land acquisition

Size of Area Involved:

203,500 hectares (2,035 km2) in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

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Papung waterfall
Himalayan monal
Rheum Nobile--4500m
Movie night students explain indigenous knowlegde portal back to community
Ecosystem services module
Production at maharahe bio-intensive farm

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