• photo: Rich Hoyer

    Nepal: Conserving forests and red pandas

  • photo: Dr. Axel Gebauer

    Nepal: Conserving forests and red pandas

  • Red Panda Guardians

    Nepal: Conserving forests and red pandas

  • Anti-poaching workshop

    Nepal: Conserving forests and red pandas

  • Participants in home stay training program

    Nepal: Conserving forests and red pandas

  • photo: Dr. Axel Gebauer

    Nepal: Conserving forests and red pandas

  • Nepal: Conserving forests and red pandas

In Brief

Location:

Kangchenjunga Singhalila Complex in eastern Nepal and three protected areas in western Nepal.

Goal:

The project aims to conserve red panda populations and their forest habitat by restoring degraded watersheds and promoting red panda stewardship among communities in Nepal.  We began supporting work in the eastern part of the country and are now forcusing on western Nepal.

Conservation Value:

The red panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and continues to decline.The project area covers nearly 30% of the potential red panda habitat of Nepal. The project also conserves and restores forest and benefits pangolins and other species.

Threats:

Habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding are all taking a toll on the red panda population in Nepal.  This species has poor survival rates in fragmented habitat as they do not readily find new feeding grounds in a highly fragmented landscape and are exposed to other threats when crossing unsuitable habitat. Poaching in Nepal and Myanmar is fuelled by Chinese demand for the species as wild meat, for medicine and for skins. The smaller local populations of Nepal can support little or no off-take.  A growing human population in the Himalayas means more people are moving into red panda habitat to pursue their livelihoods.

Actions & Results:

  • Establishing stewardship amongs key stakeholders within the local communities to ensure the long-term conservation of this red panda population.
  • Settin up a long-term community based monitoring and anti-poaching initiatives in 40 community forests.
  • Collecting scientific information on red panda distribution, abundance, habitats, and existing and emerging threats and identifying conservation hotspots for this species.

Project Field Partner:

Red Panda Network in Nepal

Cost:

2021 budget (ICFC portion):  US$36,050
Cumulative cost (2017-2020):  CA$148,734

Size of Area Involved:

261,600 hectares (2,616 km2)

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Gallery

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Local people planting trees to restore forest
photo: Michael Owyang
Restoring habitat
Photo by Christopher Robert Scharf
Forest guardians learning to use mobile device for red panda monitoring
Awareness meeting
Red panda cub spotted at Dobate (photo: Rajiv Paudel)
First ever red panda seen in westernmost range
Awareness campign at school
School children with red panda conservation manual
Homestay beds (ecotourism)

Video

The Forgotten Panda

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