Red Panda Network’s project entitled ‘Conserving Red Pandas, Nepal’ has been short listed by European Outdoor Conservation Association. The project with the most vote will receive funding from EOCA this year. We have till the 6th of October to vote.
I would like to request you to vote and kindly ask you to spread this message within your network requesting for their votes.
The Red Panda is an indicator of healthy subalpine forests. The Kanchenjunga Singhalila Complex (KMC) in Eastern Nepal and the Panchthar-llam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor support 25% of the red panda population of Nepal. However the PIT corridor is not protected and there is pressure from livestock grazing, exploitation of fuel wood collection and encroachment by locals which has led to the degradation and fragmentation of the habitat, resulting in the isolation of panda populations. This will be addressed by assessing the quality of the red panda habitat, developing a management plan for the area and training Community Forest User Groups in forest fire management. 250 households will be supported in red panda conservation, including red panda monitoring, organic farming methods, training of 10 nature guides and 20 households in tourism provision and promoting stall feeding of cattle. Finally, 3500 locals will be educated on the values of conserving broad leaf forests through promotional material, a media campaign, events and a school outreach campaign.