2020
by Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences

Restoring critical corridor of diminishing red panda population in the Central Nepal

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2020
by Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences

Restoring critical corridor of diminishing red panda population in the Central Nepal

This project aims to avoid imminent collapse of red panda in central Nepal, triggered by bamboo harvesting and loss of water sources. We aim to restore habitat with participation of local people. The project aims to have following objectives:

Objective 1: Restore and manage critical red panda habitats

Objective 2: Enhance conservation awareness

Objective 3: Strengthen conservation capacity of local communities

Name organisation:
Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences
Start date:
01-05-2020
Funding:
€9500
Country/Territory:
Nepal
Name organisation:
Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences
Start date:
01-05-2020
Funding:
€9500
Country/Territory:
Nepal Africa

Nearly two-third of red pandas’ habitats are unprotected in Nepal. They are patchily distributed in the human-dominated forest landscape. Red pandas are habitat specialist because of their complete reliance on young leaves and shoots of bamboo (83%) and water sources for survival. However, their habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate due to livestock grazing, haphazard collection of forest resources and infrastructure development (roads).
Afforestation does not help to expand their habitat if forests are devoid of bamboos and small water sources. This project aims to conserve red pandas’ habitats and restore corridor by restoring their critical habitat requirements (e.g., bamboo and water) in active participation of local peoples. We will work with community forest user groups (CFUG) of the project area, a forest-based institution, mandated to conservation and utilization of forest surrounding villages.