Inorganic waste such as plastic waste thrown by increasing number of visitors in recent years in the hiking trail “Chandragiri to Champadevi” hills located nearby southern rim of Kathmandu Valley, the capital city of Nepal, has degraded the quality of habitat, impacting the wildlife due to lack of proper waste management in the area. Based on the 2015 survey in 6 community forests of lower Chandragiri area, 13 species of mammals, including the habitat of Critically Endangered Chinese Pangolin Manis pentadactyla has been recorded. Moreover, fragmented by human settlements, the area is one of the corridors for Common Leopard Panthera pardus, causing an increase in the events of human-wildlife conflicts. The increasing conflicts have enhanced the negative attitude of locals towards wildlife. Furthermore, despite being an important habitat for flora and fauna within the valley, detailed biodiversity surveys have not been conducted yet, causing a gap in knowledge.
The goal of this project is to promote outdoor activities in the project area and create responsible citizens for biodiversity conservation through waste management. To meet this goal, the project will:
Conduct a clean-up campaign, training programs related to waste management to prevent plastic waste impacts on the existing wildlife and ecosystem of the project area.
Conduct biodiversity surveys throughout the hiking trail to collect data and information on the local natural resources.
Install biodiversity informational boards and eco-friendly dustbins in the trail to enhance the knowledge and experience of outdoor enthusiasts.
By collaborating with respective municipalities, local governments, community forest users groups, local stakeholders and different external organizations, the project hopes to make an effort to make the project area plastic waste-free.