Profile of Wildlife Conservation Nepal
WCN advocates the philosophy of a species protected is a heritage maintained. It is a non-governmental organization that supports government agencies to protect wildlife beyond protected areas, help in the developmental aspect of conservation and through its professional team help the Government of Nepal to carry out different impact assessment studies on natural resource an ecological areas that are of importance.
WCN vision and goals are:
To have a civil society and community that cares to protect and conserve the natural flora and fauna of Nepal.
WCN mission is:
To involve local communities, civil societies, scientific communities and conservationists in environment protection, natural resource management, promote sustainable use of natural resources so that the benefits accrued reach the grass root level while conserving natural resources.
WCN aims to support biodiversity conservation by promoting, advocating, building awareness and safeguarding natural resources through policies, research , capacity building and studies that relate to impact of projects on natural resource prior to the initiation of the projects.
WCN promotes conservation and environment activities by bringing different stakeholders - judicial bodies, Nepal Administrative Staff College, Nepal Police, line agencies and conservation partners through seminars, workshops and trainings including in policy development.
It carries out studies on landscape changes when mega projects are initiated. The core team of WCN professionals has conducted many environment impact assessment studies.
Additionally, it has a functional management information system and records of conservation activities and policies relating to environment protection.
It provides platform to intellectuals, academicians and conservationists to share experiences and bring forth cutting edge knowledge on conservation themes through seminars and meetings.
Implement knowledge based programs that relate to environment protection in schools and civil societies.
Build capacity of enforcement agencies to protect endangered species from illicit trade and poaching.
Share and disseminate information on wildlife conservation to enforcement agencies, civil societies through seminars, awareness, sensitization, workshops and documentation.
Promote sustainable use of natural resources by teaching communities to manufacture environment friendly products and provide alternate means of livelihood enhancement making them less dependent on forest resources.
WCN provides services in:
• Implement knowledge based concepts on environment to Academies and civil societies
• Reduce and support the Government of Nepal to address trafficking of wildlife and its body part through policies and capacity building of enforcement agencies
• Studies that relate to environment impact of different projects are in forest and other ecological important areas and carries out studies on landscape changes when mega projects are initiated. The core team of WCN professionals has conducted many environment impact assessment studies.
• Promote sustainable use of natural and provide active skills to enhance community and develop opportunities while safeguarding environment.
• WCN works in creating green job to mitigate climate change by building different activities and initiating different tools for the marginalized people to generate income and at the same time sensitize on global warming. Climate change has had an impact on livelihood that includes fruiting, cash crops have less productivity, etc. and such have impacted the local community lifestyle. Adaptation to these changes would support reducing the negative impacts of climate change and WCN is bringing a change through plantation of high growth trees, briquette making, tree plantation, promoting local handicrafts, rainwater harvesting and use of Solar panels in the rural community near protected areas.
• Livelihood enhancement programs are designed to help low-income families to start their own businesses through technical trainings and adding value to their product by finding markets in urban centers and WCN have been addressing this issue as well. WCN’s livelihood programs focuses on empowering, encouraging local communities to take pride in their work, be self-sufficient. Hence, practical trainings that add to their daily subsistence allowance are preferred according to the availability of resources in those areas that the activities are launched.
• WCN has expertise human capital to work on scientific research, forest studies, environment impact assessments, wildlife habitat management, Climate change adaptation and mitigation and environment education.
WCN has established broad network of cooperation on nature conservation, cooperation with other NGOs, relevant line agencies as Dept. of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, District Educational Development Centre, Dept. of Forest, Dept. of Plant Resources, Dept. of Education, Danish Forestry Extension, Denmark, WWF Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation, IUCN Nepal, Global Tiger Forum, Global Tiger Initiatives, Wildlife Protection Society of India, International Tiger Coalition and many institutions at home and abroad that contribute to protecting endangered species. In relation to the fight against wildlife crimes, WCN provides support to Nepal Police Force, Nepal Ex-Police Organization, Protected Areas personnel and District Forest officials.