Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) successfully carried out a planning workshop with an objective of providing insights on annual plan and activities for the project entitled "Sustainable management of wetlands and grasslands: enhancing biodiversity and livelihoods" and bring all the concerned authorities and stakeholders in a common platform for exploring mutual cooperation for the successful project implementation. Mr. Bachhulal Chaudhary, Former Buffer Zone User Committee (BZUC) Member and Ward Chairperson commenced the program with a welcome remark to all the participants. He gave a short brief on the purpose of the workshop to all the participants.
The workshop was chaired by Mr. Ramesh Yadav, Chief Conservation Officer, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (KTWR). Mr. Rajan Mehta, Chairperson, District Coordination Committee, Sunsari attended the workshop as chief guest. Program Development Manager of the BCN, Mr. Khadananda Paudel highlighted that the objective of the meeting was to provide a common platform to all the stakeholders on the project. He then briefly presented the objectives, schedule and outputs of the project. Mr. Saroj Rai, Project Officer, BCN facilitated the program and assisted in conducting group discussion and presentations. Participants were divided into groups to gather their insights on the project.The workshop concluded with the closing remarks from the Chief Conservation Officer of KTWR. Mr. Yadav, began his closing remarks with thanks to the BCN and all the stakeholders and participants for their active participation as well as enthusiasm for conservation. During remarks, he emphasized on the team effort and regular interaction with the concerned stakeholders. He further stressed that the KTWR is always ready to support BCN to help uplift the livelihood of the targeted people and conserve the biodiversity dependent both on wetlands and grasslands. Mr. Yadav, formally ended the workshop and wished for the continuation of such conservation oriented projects in future. The participants actively provided their feedback and suggestions during the workshop. All the stakeholders including government and non-governmental bodies are optimistic and are in favor of the project success.