1. Species-Level Research Through the Species Conservation sub-program, WCN is actively involved in conservation activities including researches at the field level focused on endangered, and charismatic wild species listed on IUCN red data book. Besides this, WCN has also been conducting research, workshops and seminars on superlative and lesser-known species of Nepal engaging young wildlife scientists to nurture their interest in them.
WCN has been conducting species level research of different wild flora and fauna. WCN has also initiated a citizen science approach for the study of different species of Nepal in collaboration with different organizations.
2. Wildlife Crime Control WCN focuses on wildlife conservation in its natural habitat beyond national park borders. WCN believes in conducting effective field-level projects that may be critical in the changing environment. WCN is focused on advocating timely suitable laws and policies along with conservation partners for the effective conservation of wild animals and to end wildlife crime and associated trade.
Although, Nepal has the strongest legislation in South Asia for protecting wildlife and stringent laws we face many challenges. A person committing wildlife crime can be put behind bars upto fifteen years including a cash penalty. Despite this law, poaching of endangerd animals still continues due to lack of education and employment opportunities. Apart from alternative livelihood projects, WCN is committed to control wildlife crime by educating communities in and around wildlife habitats and bring a societal change through awareness programs and information sharing.
Information is key in wildlife crime control thus WCN has been updating and sharing wildlife crime databases with the partners and government line agencies to bridge that gap amongst different stakeholders by disseminating valued information on crime. In addition to information sharing, WCN has been supporting enforcement agencies in Wildlife Crime Control with capacity building and also sensitizing the judiciary on the importance of wildlife.