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Community Managed Pangolin Conservation Program (समुदायद्वारा व्यवस्थित सालक संरक्षण कार्यक्रम)

पर्सा राष्ट्रिय निकुञ्ज भित्र पर्ने सिटू मध्यवर्ती सामुदायिक वन उपभोक्ता समूह, टुटेपानी, हेटौडा उ.म.न.पा.–१३, मकवानपुरका सदस्यहरुका लागि मिती २०७५ मंसिर १ गते देखि ४ गते सम्म चार दिने “जिविकोपार्जनका लागि व्यवसायिक सिप विकास तालिम” प्रदान गरिएको छ ।

Pangolin Rescued by Chuchekhola Community Forest User Group

Pangolin Rescued by Chuchekhola Community Forest User Group

ZSL Nepal को आर्थिक सहयोगमा मिथिला वाईल्डलाईफ ट्रष्टले पर्सा राष्ट्रिय निकुञ्जको वरिपरि मकवानपुर जिल्ला भित्र पर्ने दुई ओटा सामुदायिक वन १. चुच्चेखोला सामुदायिक वन, हेटौडा–६ र २. सिटू मध्यवर्ती सामुदायिक वन उपभोक्ता समूहमा विगत दुई बर्ष देखि सालक (Pangolin) संरक्षणका लागि बिभिन्न कार्यक्रमहरु गर्दै आईरहेकोमा हाल सिटू मध्यवर्ती सामुदायिक वन उपभोक्ता समूहका विपन्न महिला सदस्यहरुलाई जिविकोपार्जनका लागि सिप विकास सम्बन्धि चार दिने तालिम प्रदान गरेका छन् ।

Delivering Speech during Opening Ceremony of the Training by MWT Chairman

Delivering Speech during Opening Ceremony of the Training by MWT Chairman

पछिल्लो आ.व.मा कुल ३५ जना विपन्न महिलाहरुलाई यसै प्रकारको तालिम प्रदान गरि व्यवसाय सञ्चालनका लागि उप–समूह बनाई सहकारी सिद्धान्त बमोजिम विऊ पुँजी समेत उपलब्ध गराएर सबै महिलाहरु सफलतापूर्वक लघु उद्यम तथा साना व्यवसाय सञ्चालन गर्दै आईरहेका छन् । अघि लिएका सहयोग रकम समूहमा फिर्ता गर्दै जाने र थप बचत समेत गर्ने भएकोले ३५ जनाबाट सञ्चालन गरेको समूहमा थप २८ जनालाई सदस्यता प्रदान गरी बिऊ पुँजी उपलब्ध गराउन सक्ने भएकोे र सो थपिएको नयाँ सदस्यहरुलाई व्यवसायिक सिप आवश्यक परेकोले प्रशिक्षक द्वय विकाश श्रेष्ठ (उद्यम क्षेत्रको अनुभव बोक्नुभएका), कुमार पौडेल (कृषि क्षेत्रको अनुभव बोक्नुभएका) र मधू विलास नेउपाने (भेटेरिनरी क्षेत्रको अनुभव बोक्नुभएका) ले तालिम प्रदान गर्नुभएका छन् । ZSL Nepal का प्रकाश सिग्देल सरले नेपालमा पाईने कालो सालक र तामे सालक दुबै अति दुर्लभ रहेको र संसारभरी नै सालक सबैभन्दा बढी तस्करी हुने जनावर भएकोले यसको संरक्षण अति आवश्यक भएको भन्दै सहभागीहरुलाई सालकको बारेमा बिस्तृत जानकारी दिनु भएका थिए ।

Prakash Sigdel Sir delivering the speech during training

Prakash Sigdel Sir delivering the speech during training

स्थानिय सिपलाई व्यवसायिकरण गर्ने र व्यवसायिकरण गर्न आवश्यक विऊ पुँजी समेत उपलब्ध गराउँदै सालकको बास स्थान माथीको चाँप न्यूनिकरण गर्दै जाने मुख्य अभिप्रायका साथ बिगत २ बर्ष देखि सञ्चालनमा रहेका समुदायद्वारा व्यवस्थित सालक संरक्षण कार्यक्रमले गर्दा चुच्चेखोला सामुदायिक वन, हेटौडा–६ र सिटू मध्यवर्ती सामुदायिक वन उपभोक्ता समूह, हेटौडा–१३ लाई संसारमै पहिलो पटक “समुदायद्वारा व्यवस्थित सालक संरक्षण क्षेत्र” घोषणा गरिएको छ । यस उपलब्धिमा स्थानिय समुदाय र चोरि सिकारी नियन्त्रणका लागि सक्रिय समुदायमा आधारित चोरि सिकारी नियन्त्रण समूहमा आबद्ध यूवाहरुको बिशेष भूमीका रहेको छ ।

Group Photo after closing ceremony of the training

Group Photo after closing ceremony of the training

Bikash Shreshtha sir during training to the participants

Bikash Shreshtha sir during training to the participants

Kumar Paudel sir organizing motivational game to the participants

Kumar Paudel sir organizing motivational game to the participants

Madhu Bilash Neupane sir sharing his knowledge to the participants

Madhu Bilash Neupane sir sharing his knowledge to the participants

Participants during vocational training

Participants during vocational training

Job Training Programme Update

Working with the Department of Forests, MWT hosts students interested in wildlife conservation, forest management, environmental science, sustainable agriculture, and other related career fields.

Students are invited to stay at the DPF for a week or more and job shadow many of the staff here.

Additionally, students are required to complete an assignment related to the subject/field they are interested in. These studies particularly useful to the DPF, DoF and MWT to inform ongoing conservation efforts.


Recently, one of our students just completed a project on species identification of snakes in the DPF! It is very helpful – thank you!

One role of the Job Trainees is to work with our Wildlife Manager and set up and retrieve camera traps.

These cameras help inform what types of wildlife are in the forest as they are often not as active during the day time and some of them, difficult to locate.

Check out this video on our students setting up the camera traps and pictures of the results below!

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Tree Planting Update

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In 2017, Mithila Wildlife Trust, with local partners, planted over 56,000 trees in the North West section of the protected forest.

 

 


Prior to 2013, this area suffered from significant overgrazing, and trees being cut down for firewood. There were nearly no trees left in the area, little grass/foliage growth, and wildlife was scarce.

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Since then, Mithila Wildlife Trust has sectioned off this part of the forest to stop livestock grazing and planted over 56,000 trees. What a big difference!

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As you see in the photos of the planted seedlings and a maturing section, they have been growing well!

 

 

 

 


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The fence has been built in sections to ensure animals do not eat the newly planted trees while they are young.

 

 


What is Next?

In June 2018, tree planting will begin in the Northeast section of the forest. While this section has been in recovery since it was made illegal to graze in the forest since May 2016, additional intervention is required to stimulate tree growth.

Community Tree Nursery Program

As part of Mithila Wildlife Trust’s mandate, we educate others about the importance of environmental conservation and wildlife protection.
While we continue to visit lots of villages and schools (almost 1 per week!), one community project we are excited about is our Tree Nursery Program!
At the Dhanushadham Protected Forest we have an ongoing tree nursery. We give tree saplings to anyone who asks for a tree and plant the saplings in the Protected Forest as well, just prior to the monsoon season.
Local members of the community help with the maintenance and upkeep of the tree saplings.
If you want to get a tree, or just want to help out, please come to the Dhanushadham Protected Forest!

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King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) rescued by Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT) and brought to Dhanushadham Protected Forest (DPF)

Dhanushadham, 2074/05/01 – Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT) rescued a King Cobra from the house of Man Bahadur Baniya R/o Karjanha Municipality, Ward No.-2, Siraha district of Nepal. Weighting 3 Kg 345 Gm and 9ft 3 Inch long.

Family member of Mr. Baniya

Family member of Mr. Baniya


The family members of Mr. Baniya had noticed the snake entering inside house on 2074/04/31 BS but they didn’t bother of it thinking that it will move away in the night. But when his daughter in low went to clean the house early morning on 32nd Shrawan 2074, she saw the snake resting behind gate and it moved under gap area of the roof when it was disturbed by them. They waited it to move away, but at afternoon they informed their neighbors for the existence of a snake inside house. Soon, neighbors gathered numbering around 20-25 to kill the snake. Everybody was trying to kill it, when one of the neighbors shouted that this is the same snake preserved by MWT in Dhanushadham Protected Forest (DPF) and he requested everybody to save this snake. Then, they informed Ilaka Police Office, Bandipur and the police official informed to District Forest Office, Siraha via Ilaka Forest Office, Bandipur. And massage was passed to MWT for the rescued via Shankar Narayan Jha who is Assistant Forest Office posted at DPF.

Roof where King Cobra was hiding for the whole day

Roof where King Cobra was hiding for the whole day


Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal, Chairman, MWT rushed to the spot with Lalit Yadav, Forest Guard at DPF for the rescue where he found that police officials had managed to lock the windows and gate of the room and protect the snake from crowd. The snake was rescued successfully by our chairman and was transported to DPF at evening.

The room where King Cobra was locked untill rescue by MWT Nepal

The room where King Cobra was locked untill rescue by MWT Nepal


King Cobra inside a locked room before rescue

King Cobra inside a locked room before rescue


Scientific name of the snake is Ophiophagus hannah, weight is 3Kg 345 Gm and the length is measured to be 9Ft 3 Inch (measured next day in DPF). As small wound is there on the outer skin of the snake, necessary treatment has been given and will be released back in the same range or will be decided according to the suggestion of District Forest Officer.

Till date, MWT has rescued 4 King Cobras from human settlements of the same range covering approx. 200SqrMtr. 3 more King Cobras have been recorded but the regular awareness programmes has made it to live them in their natural habitat without rescue or translocation.

Rescued King Cobra inside wooden rescue box

Rescued King Cobra inside wooden rescue box


The measure threats of these snakes are unmanaged human settlements and habitat loss inside Shivalik Chure range of Nepal.

We heartily thank the residence of the area, the members of Ilaka Police Office & Ilaka Forest Office, Bandipur for the co-operation and support to save this speechless creature. We would also like to request for possible support from helping hands to organize several awareness programmes in the area where nice population of King Cobra is recorded in Nepal.

The lovely face of rescued King Cobra

The lovely face of rescued King Cobra

Weighing the King Cobra in DPF