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Past Projects
 

I would like to share some of the important events, tours, treks, destinations, lectures and filming during 2-12 and 2013 are listed below with link of the trip where available.

June 2012

·         Institute of Forestry, Pokhara - Forestry Institute Faculty Training Workshop Seminar, Park Village Resort

August 2012

·         Speaker- Efforts of Nepal on Biodiversity Conservation in Nepal, Organized by Indian Cultural Centre, Nepal

·         NTNC, Nepal- Biodiversity Conference at Paradise Inn, Nagarkot,

September /October 2012

NHK Television Japan –Demoiselle Crane Migration Filming, Jomsom, Mustang Nepal

November 2012 

·         US- Tricycle Tibetan Buddhism Monastic Tour

·         International Crane Foundation/ Bhutan Bird watching Heritage Travels-  Bird Watching Bhutan

December 2012

Team Leader UNDP/Ecosystem Based Assessment of Panchase Protected Forest – www.unep.org/Preliminary Identification of Essential and Desirable Ecosystem Services in the Panchase Area of Nepal

January 2013

·         Friends of Nature, Powerpoint Lecture on the Field Bird Identification Techniques

·         Denmark - Shivapuri Nagarjung National Park Pokhara Chitwan – Bird and wildlife Photographic  Safari

February 2013

UK –Ghandruk Trek, Health Exchange Nepal (www.hexn.org)

March 2013

·         Filmer Film- Norway- Jomsom, Pashupati, Bhaktapur - Cultural Filming Trek

·         UK,  Manaslu Circuit Trek

·         Resource Speaker - Tourism in Restricted Area - Sustainable Livelihood Conference. National College for Developmental Studies, NTNC, Khumaltar.

April 2013

·         UK, Shivapuri Nagarjung National Park, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park  - Bird watching Safari (www.annandroland.co.uk)

·         WWF Vice President Dr. Eric Dinerstein and group for study tours of the Chitwan National Park,

May 2013

·         UK–– Chitwan Lumbini Bardia – Birds and Mammals watching and Photographic  Safari (http://mammalwatching.com/Oriental/orientnepal.html/Nepal 2013 Jeff Blincow)

·         India, Kailash Mansarovar Helicopter and Jeep Trek

June 2013

·         Indonesia - Langtang National Park, Kyangjing - Birds and Nature Photography Trek (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vinchel/sets/72157634194258385/)

July 2013

US, Jomsom – Muktinath Cultural Trek, Annapurna Conservation Area



BBC Natural History Unit
 
 
10th July 2005 
 
Nepalnature.com
P.O. Box 21218
Hattisar
Kathmandu
Nepal
 
Dear Nepalnature.com
 
I am writing on behalf of the BBC Natural History Unit to document our gratitude for the exceptional support you have provided for numerous BBC natural History Unit teams in 2004/2005. The BBC NHU work with many operators in numerous countries worldwide, and all those who have experienced your hospitality and unrivalled professionalism firmly believe that Nepalnature.com is amongst the best.
 
Our work with Nepalnature.com began in early 2004 when we contacted Rajendra Suwal regarding his work with Demoiselle cranes, alongside the Lumbini Crane Foundation, in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This initial contact blossomed into a highly successful trip in October 2004, where under the guidance of Rajendra we successfully filmed 50,000 Demoiselle cranes migrating through the Kaligandaki Valley, and also for the first time filmed Golden Eagles attacking these cranes on the wing. From the moment the team landed in Kathmandu until our departure, Nepalnature.com were instrumental in overseeing a series of highly efficient logistical arrangements, that often changed without warning, and proved themselves from the outset to be more than capable in tackling every eventuality.
 
In March 2005, The BBC provided Nepalnature.com with a new request – “How do we film the best ever high altitude aerials of Mt. Everest?” I do not need to mention how ambitious this project was, given the potential risks. The set up involved countless liaisons between the BBC, Nepalnature.com and the Royal Nepalese Air force, and required proficient logistical awareness from the team at Nepalnature.com to co-ordinate this. I genuinely believe that this trip would not have been possible, and certainly would to have been as successful as it was, if we had not had the expertise of Nepalnature.com working with us in Nepal.
 
Following the success of filming high altitude aerials of Mt. Everest, we sent a team to Sagarmartha National Park to film mountain wildlife and mountain scenic. Again, planning and co-ordination were key to the success of this trip, and again Nepalnature.com was a key member of our team. They proved themselves again able to adapt to the differing needs of filming crews, to provide accurate information on the wildlife of the region, and to be able to tackle each and every task that was required of them.
 
Finally, I would like to mention Rajendra Suwal’s part in managing and co-ordinating these trips. From the very beginning, he has worked beyond the call of duty in overseeing each and every detail of our plans. More importantly though, he has become a close friend to all of us, and one that we hope to work with for a long time to come.
 
It is extremely rare to work with an operator who can so easily and efficiently handle such varied logistics without faltering. I should also mention Nepalnature.com’s determination to ensure the success of each and every one of our missions. It is these factors that make them one of the best operators that I have worked with across the globe. Nepalnature.com is continuing to work with BBC on a variety of projects and I have the utmost confidence that they will prove themselves time and time again.
 
 
Vanessa Berlowitz
Senior Producer
BBC Natural History Unit
England


Travel with George
 
Current Trip: Autumn 2005 Overseas Tour 
Entry December 5 
 
Nepal, November 2005
 
 
Rajendra (Raj) Suwal and Gopi Sundar are ICF’s key contacts in Nepal (Raj) and India (Gopi). November 16-24, Gopi and I shared quality time in Nepal with Raj to participate in a meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology in Kathmandu and to visit the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary on the lowlands.
 
More than 2500 years ago, Goutam Buddha was born in Lumbini – one of the most holy sites for Buddhists. In 1975, through support from the United Nations, the Lumbini Development Committee was established to protect the site. Local people were moved from the three square mile area around the birth site, and the area was fenced. A portion of the area became the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary. The site is located near the border with India on the Gangetic Plain, and the surrounding farmlands provide home throughout the year for more than 100 Sarus cranes, the largest population in Nepal. Their success can in large part be attributed to the efforts of Raj.
 
Raj was encouraged to study cranes in 1984 by an educator from Wisconsin, Dr. Steven Landfriend, who for more than two decades has been involved in crane conservation on the Indian subcontinent. Raj surveyed Sarus throughout the plains of Nepal and determined the region surrounding the birthplace of Lord Buddha had the largest number of cranes. In 1987, Raj was an intern at ICF, and soon thereafter ICF’s now-President, Jim Harris, joined Raj for a visit to Lumbini. Jim was impressed by the wilderness quality of the three square miles surrounding the sacred spot and by the cranes.
 
In 1994, Raj discovered that some of the wetlands used by cranes at Lumbini were threatened by construction. Within the complex at Lumbini there were temples and monasteries from South Korea, China, Thailand and Vietnam. More religious buildings and hotels were planned. Through Raj’s lead, ICF was able to lease one square kilometer of prime crane habitat to create the LCS. ICF’s ecologist and hydrologist, Dr. Richard Beilfess helped Raj with plans for wetland enhancement. Subsequently, 2-3 pairs of Sarus have nested annually within the LCS and a plethora of other wildlife such as the Golden Monitor Lizard, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Crested Serpent Eagle, the Eurasian Eagle Owl and the Nilgai Antelope have also benefited.
 
Realizing that the welfare of wildlife depends on the values and needs of humans, Raj spearheaded a diversity of programs in education and community aid. Winter camps for children, the use and sale of grass and wetland management for fisheries outside the sanctuary have all helped the local people. Egg and chick collecting has been a problem, but through an awareness campaign with visits and the mass media, this problem has been reduced.
 
In October of 2005, an annual count of Sarus Crane nests in and near the sanctuary indicted a minimum of 25 breeding pairs. Raj believes the population is stable and slightly increasing.
 
Stupa and forest at Lumbini Crane Sanctuary
The shrine at the birthplace of Buddha hosts more than 50,000 visitors annually. In addition, there are approximately 500 local residents per square kilometer on the farmlands that surround Lumbini. Both visitors and locals are encouraged to experience nature by hiking a series of trails through the LCS. In 2002, an enormous and stunningly beautiful stupa was completed adjacent the LCS. It attracts many visitors and augments opportunities to promote conservation education at LCS. Raj hopes to build a modest education center on a low rise in an opening surrounded by large trees of several different native species near the stupa and adjacent a wetland where Sarus nest. An artesian well spills a continual flow into the wetland throughout the year. Especially during the dry and hot spring and summer months, this perennial wetland becomes an oasis for wildlife and provides ample opportunities for visitors to appreciate such beauty and diversity.
 
 
The Kali Gandaki Gorge
In early October, thousands of Demoiselle Cranes that breed in summer on the grasslands of Mongolia and northern China, migrate across the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal, to spend the winter in India. The Kali Gandaki Gorge, between the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri range is a major migration corridor. In autumn 2005, Raj helped a crew from the British Broadcasting Company, capture the migration on film. They even filmed a Golden Eagle swooping and catching a crane, and then tumbling some 3,000 feet with the crane in its grasp before rising swiftly on motionless wings with its prey lifted by intense winds as if on an invisible elevator.
 
The mountain picture is one of many spectacular images by Raj. If you wish to join Raj to experience the cranes in early October email Raj mail@nepalnaturetravels.com/nepalnaturetv@gmail.com
 

Shooting for Bar Headed Geese at Chitwan, on Nov. 2005
 

BBC Natural History Unit, Incredible Journey 
 
 

 
 
ENTERTAINMENT 
 
Nature worship
Himalayan News Service
Kathmandu
 
Tourism has always been a primary asset of Nepal. Trekking, eco-tourism, biodiversity, abundant flora and fauna — all have attracted tourists from around the globe since long. ‘The more you explore the more you get out of it’ say the experts about Nepal who have experience in forest, wildlife, birds and many other indigenous aspects of our country. One team comprising experts from different fields have come up with an innovative idea to broaden this most-esteemed sector — tourism.
 
Karna Shakya, a person who has more than 40 years of experience in tourism; Pushpa Ratna Shakya, president, Natural History Society, Nepal; Hari Sharan Kazi, veteran ornithologist; and Rajendra N Suwal, an expert on wildlife, wetland and conservation have joined hands together to establish nepalnature.com, a unique enterprise for developing tourism with a different notion.
 
Shakya says, “Nepali tourism has sustained with traditional and conventional tourism till date. Now this has become obsolete and we want to give a new turn to tourism in the country. Tourism is an ever-changing field and we have to modify it with change in time, we have to lead it according to the need and we have to provide it a pace as the world is progressing.”
 
So, to a twist and create a new platform, these naturalists are trying to emphasise on “endemic tourism”, apparently a new term in tourism sector.
 
“Our nature provides us some wonderful and unique biodiversity — endemic rhododendron to indigenous pheasants, from the lowlands of the Terai to high altitude of Himalayas house a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation. For those who really want to explore nature, learn something out of it and enjoy the natural phenomenon, we are here,” says Shakya.
 
“There are several things that are common everywhere. If we can provide the things that are present only in our country with a little touch of innovation, it will certainly help create a new environment to encourage tourism. And this is the concept of our endemic tourism and hence nepalnature.com came into existence,” informs Rajendra N Suwal, managing director of the organisation which also has a website by the same name.
 
There are various people who visit Nepal for several purposes and within tourism there are many facets — some want to concentrate on birds, some have their own interest in unique vegetation of the country and some have special interest in wildlife. “Because of people’s diversified interest, sometimes we can’t provide the exact scenario. Ours is an enterprise which with its expert human resources will guide the tourists back into the wilderness where they can explore the nature with much fun and pleasure,” feels Shakya.
 
The formal inauguration of nepalnature.com is scheduled on January 1, 2004 but as a pre-inauguration package, it is going to organise a Christmas Bird Count programme in Shivapuri on December 24. “This package is basically targeted at expatriates who want to enjoy their Christmas close to the nature. Shivapuri is a wonderful place for the bird-watcher where there is a record of over 80 species witnessed in a span of three hours in the morning,” informs Suwal.
 
The long-term plan of nepalnature.com includes package tours to different parts of the country, which will include a tour to Shivapuri, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan, Koshi Tappu and other parts of the country.
 
Hari Sharan Kazi, founder director of nepalnature.com, informs, “Nepal is a habitat to more than 861 species of bird and in winter there are more than 170 species migrating from north and around 80 species from south. For the bird-watchers, we can develop our country as one of the wonderful destinations. We have natural resource, we have experts, the only thing we need is to tap this and utilise it for the betterment of the country’s economy.”
 
Pushpa R Shakya who holds a doctorate in taxonomy shares, “The diverse vegetation from east to west and Terai to Himalayas is of much interest to people who want to explore and study.” According to recent documentation, there are more than 416 species of plants found in Nepal.
 
Shakya says, “The basic concept behind nepalnature.com is to promote tourism and tourism is a big aspect in our country. The knowledge we have gained must be converted into entrepreneurship, which ultimately benefits the society and country. And that’s nepalnature.com, a first nature-based entrepreneurship of its own kind with social responsibilities.”
 
The company has future plans of organising excursions for students, running conservation awareness programmes and also encouraging domestic tourism to attract and inspire more Nepalis to travel across their own country, exploring for fun and studying with pleasure.


Birds of a feather
Almost one-fourth of 850 bird species in Nepal are found on Shibapuri National Park.
SRADDHA BASNYAT
 
Kathmandu is one of the few capitals in the world where the suburbs border a national park. The other one that springs to mind is Nairobi.
 
Dominating the capital’s northern horizon is the Shibapuri National Park, a walled sanctuary that doesn’t just protect an awesome biodiversity, but also the vital watershed for Kathmandu Valley with springs that feed the Bagmati and Bishnumati.
 
Designated a national park two years ago, the 144sq km mixed forest of oak, pine, birch and rhododendron, countless varieties of orchids and 3,000 types of flowering plants is home to 102 species of butterflies and a number of dragonflies. Within the 111km walls of the park, thrive 20 percent of all the orchid species found in Nepal. Come rhododendron season, the park is ablaze with red, pink and white and on the forest floor, more than 129 species of mushrooms have been identified. This is also a birdwatcher’s paradise with 177 species that either live or stop over here on their migratory route—almost one-fourth of all the bird species found in Nepal.
 
Geography has everything to do with it. Nepal’s leading orinthologist, Hari Saran Nepali, explains: “Birds don’t like very cold climates. At Shibapuri, the base of the south face starts at 1,400m and the base of the north face at 500m. It’s ideal for birds that travel south in winter and north in summer.” Instead of migrating large distances, the birds simply fly up or down the mountain!
 
Nepal is home to 850 of the world’s estimated 9,000 species of birds. Shibapuri is special because it is an undisturbed forest, unlike Godabari where regular dynamiting for marble scares off both birds and humans. Nepali is sad to note that several species in Godabari have become so rare as to warrant concern over extinction. In 50 years of birdwatching, he has seen the numbers of the slender bill scimitar babbler, blue winged laughing thrush, gray sided laughing thrush, bar tailed cuckoo dove, mountain hawk eagle, booted and black eagles and the white georgeted flycatcher fall alarmingly.
 
There are nine species on the government’s protected list, of which the cheer pheasant, lesser and Bengal floricans, monal and sarus crane are among the 29 globally endangered bird species. Nepali has only seen the slender bill scimitar babbler on Shibapuri. “Though these birds should be seen along the Valley rim according to the range, this could indicate there are very few left,” he says. But there is a problem with drawing such conclusions because longterm studies are absent. In 1961, Nepali recorded a sighting of a blue winged laughing thrush in Shibapuri. The next time he recorded such a sighting was in 1986, at Godabari. But the same bird is almost common in the Makalu-Barun area. Research requires funding, hard work and dedication. Nepali knows there are too few who are willing to devote their lives to Nepal’s birds.
 
Nepal Nature.com was started by Karna Sakya, a forester by training and president of KGH Group of Hotels and Resorts, who is interested in using the expertise of specialists like Nepali to promote birdwatching. On Christmas Day this year, it organised a half-day Christmas Bird Count. Starting from verdant Park Village Resort, birdwatchers walked around its six acres and immediately, Nepali spotted a red-vented bulbul perched on a tree. From an electrical wire, a kingfisher created a splash of colour in brilliant turquoise as it took flight.
 
From the hotel, it is a 10-minute drive to the gate of Shibapuri National Park, accessible for Rs 10 each (Rs 250 for tourists). Armed with binoculars (7x40 with a 8.6 degree wide angle is best), park warden Phanindra Kharel headed his group down the forest trail and up to cross a little stream. A colourful danphe, Nepal’s national bird, crossed the trail leisurely, unaware he was being watched. Kharel pointed out wabblers shuttling from branch to branch so quickly that our eyes could barely keep up. By the end of the morning, the visitors had counted 52 species of birds.
 
Kharel is proud of Shivapuri’s achievements in the past two years. “From 1984 there has been a total rehabilitation of erosion and bare patches. The wildlife has increased, leopard numbers have gone up and so has the volume of water, indications that the natural environment has improved.”

The park, so close to Kathmandu, is ideal for special interest tourism. Rajendra Narsingh Suwal, managing director of Nepal Nature.com, says, “Nepal is ideal for watching monkeys, and butterflies like the rare Kaiser-i-Hind that appears for only one summer month.” The relict dragonfly, found only in fossil form in Japan, is still flitting around the hills of Shibapuri today.

http://www.nepalnaturetravels.com/
 

 
Koshi birds
 
It’s that time of year when seasonal birdwatchers throng to Kosi Tappu to catch migratory birds as they flock down from Siberia through the Tibetan plateau down the Arun gorge to warmer climes. Ducks and geese are especially fond of the reservoir created by the Kosi Barrage, 88m above sea level—Nepal’s lowest point. Some 467 species of migratory and resident birds have been sighted here, sometimes in flocks of 50,000 migratory waterfowl at a time. Birdlovers can expect to see any of 30 varieties of shore birds, 114 kinds water birds, 20 duck species or a couple from the ibis family. The 175sq km reserve is also the largest heron sanctuary in Nepal. 
This year’s annual Migratory Birds Festival is from 18-25 January. 
 

 
By: Saurav Jung Thapa & Kumud Bhandari
As you cross the 6,000-feet threshold and begin the climb further up, you are in for a marvelous birdwatching experience. While ornithologists will be delighted to observe some 314 species of birds that inhabit the sprawling jungles, any layperson can indulge in the infinite variety of mating and territory-defending cries of the avian communities.
 
 
The Shivapuri National Park is mostly famed for its watershed designation and prominent religious sites like Baghdwar (meaning the entrance of the tiger’ and the starting point of the Bagmati River) and Bishnu Paduka (‘meaning the shoes of Lord Bishnu’ and the source of the Bishnumati River).
But the Hill range is now becoming popular for a totally new breed of tourists and enthusiasts – birdwatchers. Thanks to Nepalnature. Com, a venture directed by noted ornithologist Rajendra Nursing Suwal for rediscovering the rich fowl varieties and species of Shivapuri.
Nepal nature .com is a corporate entity founded to promote eco-tourism in Nepal. Its managing director Rajendra Nursing Suwal is a naturalist of note who has been involved in observing birdlife for the past two decades.

Since the introducing of its pioneering bird watching packages a few months back, Nepal nature.com has already organized such nature excursions for several groups of tourists, primarily from Europe, North America and East Asia.
“We organize bird watching for small groups - usually of three to eight people” informs Suwal. He is the person responsible for guiding you through the dense forests and wetlands, acquainting you with the rich birdlife abounding there.
Apart from Shivapuri, Suwal also guides bird watching tours in the wetlands in and around Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve. He informed that in the near future, he will be taking a group of biologists and BBC crew members to the upper Jomsom region to unable the filming of the spectacular scene of large flock of birds from as far as Siberia migrating into Nepal via China.
“In the Jomsom range, the migrating flocks are attacked by eagles and that is what the BBC wants to capture on film,” he says.
Shivapuri National Park , being the nearest and most easily accessible destination from Kathmandu, is also the popular for bird watching. The reserve is located on the Shivapuri Hills, which is more of a range that entirely covers the northern flank of the Kathmandu Valley from Sundarijal to Tokha.
To get the most from your day , it is necessary to start early. This has many advantages. Insects are most active during this time of the day. And the birds that feed on them, consequently, buzz with riotous activities. 
As you leave behind the houses, military checkpoints, roads, dust and noise of civilization, the calm of the dense foliage punctuated by the excited twitters and hooting of birds and insects seemingly welcome you. Add to that the sight of massive black eagles circling above the Shivapuri peak, which is 8925 feet high, and you begin to understand why birdwatchers get so enthusiastic about their passion. It is so spiritually fulfilling that you feel one with God’s creations!
As you start off from the Nagi Gomba, which is the village –like speck when one observes Shivapuri from Kathmandu, the most common birds encountered in the rhododendron –filled vegetation are the grayish hued turtledoves that take off in noisy flights as humans approach. Turtledoves prefer proximity to water as they survive on water insects and like shady areas. 
March to May is the breeding season for birds, which mean it is the best time to observe them, as they are most visible and noisy. As you quietly tread along the shady forest path, you cannot help admiring the creations of nature, enormous trees hundreds of years old , and covered in moss and entwined by creepers that are not unlike human apartments! What with Rufusbilled woody woodpeckers hammering away at 100 miles a second at the upper trunks, twittering thrushes, babblers and warblers frolicking in the middle branches and common hill partridges screaming their mating cries on the lower boughs.
As you cross the 6000-feet threshold and begin to climb to Baghdwar which lies at 8200-feet, you are in for a marvelous bird watching experience. Ornithologists will be delighted by the opportunity to observe some 314 species of birds that inhabit the sprawling jungles while the layperson can indulge in the colorfulness and infinite variety of mating and territory-defending cries of the avian communities. You are in for great treats with white Tailed Nuthatches crying out “chul chul….chul chul”. Great Barbets singing “tyau- tyau”, Whiskered Yubina flittering from tree to tree , Green Backed Tits and Blue Winged Minla fleeting through the underbrush. 
But if you don’t want the birds to spot you a mile off and want to enjoy the trip, take some of our advice and heed them. 
Wear soft-soled shoes, preferably sturdy canvas. Your clothes should be in neutral hued colors. Mild green , brown, cream and black will do just fine. Also, cover yourself well. Bug bites and thorn scratches are not exactly pleasant. And do your best to avoid stepping on crackling dry leaves and twigs or talking in loud voices.
Follow these tips and visit Shivapuri before May. Arm yourself with binoculars and cameras and we can vouch that the birdwatcher in you will not be disappointed.
But a parting shot, as Mr. Rajendra Suwal the ornithologist, put it: “Leave nothing but your footprints. Especially , don’t leave garbage. Take nothing but photographs. And memories, for that matter! And shoot with your cameras, not guns
 
Rajendra Narsingh Suwal is a well known wetland conservationist and a bird tour expert. He is the President of Lumbini Crane Conservation Centre and Managing Director of Nepal Nature dot com Travels, a highly trusted and reputed company run by well-known professional naturalists in association with the KGH Group of Hotels and Resorts. He is a pioneer crane conservationist in Nepal and a major contributor to biodiversity profiles of Nepal, other wildlife reports and articles. 
Suwal says that protection and sustainable use of wetlands is the best way to alleviate poverty. "The wetlands are highly fertile and productive lands," he adds. He believes that wetlands are not just undesirable pieces of land; rather they are vitally important, productive ecosystems, which have a strong correlation with people's health and livelihood. 

Suwal encourages farmers living along the periphery of wetlands to see these areas as an addition to their current resource base and the key to allowing them to move to the next level of economic independence. He does not do different things to change people's perspectives on conservation: instead he does things differently. He created the Lumbini Crane Conservation Centre, a natural sanctuary in Lumbini – the birthplace of the Buddha and one of the biggest tourist attractions in Nepal. He chose this place because of the Sarus Crane, the world's tallest flying bird, as these wetlands are the first resting place after the Himalaya for this migratory species. 

In addition to this, through an array of economic development and educational programmes in such areas as grassland management, species monitoring, ecotourism, tree planting and wetland fairs, he teaches the local people who live along the periphery of the wetlands, as well as the sanctuary's millions of visitors, to respect, protect and profit from the wetlands. 

The farmers of the area have been provided financial support to kick-start fisheries and buffalo and goat rearing businesses. "Initially, we provide villagers some amount of money to start their business," he says, adding, "With the advent of time, they pay back the money on an instalment basis." According to him, more than 28 families have directly benefited from the schemes. There are also scholarship programmes in the offing to support poor and needy children to pursue higher education. 
Suwal's strategy comprises three primary areas of work: engaging villagers in projects that generate income and protect the natural environment, working with the government and other groups to identify and secure protected areas and raising awareness of the necessity of conserving wetlands and other natural areas. He believes that unless local people are involved in the conservation efforts, the projects are short-lived and prone to failure. "Locals have a tremendous amount of conventional knowledge about resource management." he says. 

Suwal, an Ashoka fellow, encourages local people to pilot wetland projects that allow them to earn a livelihood through twig and grass harvesting in the wetland preservation areas. With an aim to carry forward 'environment preservation' and 'economic prosperity' simultaneously in a directly proportional relationship – in normal cases is inversely proportional – he established a company called nepalnature.com. It aims to offer visitors an opportunity to explore nature at its best through a full range of exciting packages. The company dedicates 10 percent of its profit to biodiversity research and environmental education programs in Nepal.
 

Ecosystems, Protected Areas and People Project
Protected Area Learning Network (PALNet)
 
TERAI ARC LANDSCAPE
 
FIELD LEARNING SITE
 
Final Report
 
 
 
Submitted to
 
Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation
 
Babar Mahal, Kathmandu 
and
 
WWF Nepal Program
 
Baluwatar, Kathmandu
by
 
NepalNature.Com
 
Maya Manor, Naxal, Kathmandu
November 30, 2004
 
This report was prepared by 
Mr Ukesh Raj Bhuju, Dr Puspa Ratna Shakya and Mr Rajendra Narasingh Suwal,
and reviewed by Mr Shyam Sundar Bajimaya and Mr Narayan Prasad Poudel.
 
 
 
Demoiselle Crane Migration The BBC crew, which was in Nepal for the annual crane migration, was successful in their attempt to film these rare birds on their journey from Mongolia to the Himalayas. The crew also got magnificent shots of eagles hunting the cranes as they fly over the high passes of Mount Nilgiri in Mustang. The Demoiselle Crane is a beautiful bird, and has a healthy population of over 50,000. They fly over the Kali Gandaki valley, Which is their ancient migratory route. This documentary forms part of a new BBC series entitled "Planet Earth" sequel to the "Blue Planet Series," and will be aired in 2005. For more information contact Rajendra Suwal of www.nepalnaturetravels.com
 
 
 
 
Handing Over Ceremony 
Flowering Plant and Bird Checklists
of Shivapuri National Park
 
14 Falgun 2061 (February 25, 2005) Friday
Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu
 
 
Comment from BBC
"I am writing on behalf of the BBC Natural History Unit to express our deep gratitude for the exceptional co-operation of the No. 11 Brigade, Royal Nepalese Army, to achieve what I believe to be the most ambitious filming ever attempted of Mt Everest and the surrounding Himalayan scenery. In my 15 years of filming experience with the BBC, I have collaborated with the armed forces in many countries of the world. It is my firm opinion, that the level of pilot expertise, professionalism and calm control, even in the face adverse conditions, that I have experienced with both your helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft crews is second to none." - Vanessa Berlowitz, Senior Producer, BBC Natural History Unit, England

Organizing Quiz Contest
 
On the occasion of the World environment Day June 5, 2005, Nepal Nature dot Com joined hand with Shivapuri National Park office and the Center for Environmental Technology and Economic Development to organize school level quiz contest on nature conservation in the south-west belt of the park. Among the 13 participating schools, Budhanilkantha Asram High School scored highest followed by Saraswoti High School and Ganesh English School. Nepal Nature dot Com Sponsored prizes and certificates for the winning teams and schools as well as for the participating students. On the occasion, Chairman of Nepal Nature dot Com Travels, Mr Karna Sakya, expressed that preparedness of the students on nature conservation was a positive message for the long-term commitment towards biodiversity conservation. The contest was held at the Boudeswor High School, Jhor Mahankal on June 3rd and 4th. 
 
 

 
Protected Area Learning Network (PAL Net) Nepal
 
A one day introductory awareness meeting on the Protected Area Learning Network (PALNet) was successfully organized by the Nepal Nature dot Com in Kathmandu on 25th July 2005. Under the aegis of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC Nepal) and with the sponsorship of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the PALNet program has been launched in Nepal since February 2005. Inaugurating the awareness meeting, Mr. Ananta Raj Pandey, Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, expressed that delivered the speech regarding to the conservation policy and its effectiveness of His Majesty Government of Nepal. The programme was chaired by Dr. Tirtha Man Maske (Director General of DNPWC) and informed the importance of Terai Landscape Learning (TAL) Network as a Field Based Learning Sites (FLS), under the PAL Network programme. He also informed that, this programme enhanced international importance of our conservation programmes. On this occasion Well-come speech delivered by Mr. Narayan Prasad Paudel (Deputy Director of DNPWC) explained the inclusion of Nepal as FLS of PAL Network programme’s which encourage all organizations as well as Nepalese conservationist and buffer zone people. The introduction of PAL Network and recent finding and progress of FLS was given by Conservation Director of Nepal Nature dot com Mr. Ukesh Raj Bhuju. The programme was participated over 75 people by represent the Donor Agency, INGOs, NGOs and Government office, those involving in conservation of biodiversity in Nepal’s Terai Landscape areas. Programme facilitator Nepal Nature dot com’s Managing Director Mr. Rajendra Suwal has given the vote of thanks to all the participants. The publications, posters, photographs and website related with PAL Network also exhibited on that occasion.
 


 
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