Chitwan-Annapurna Landscape: Biodiversity Areas and Linkages
The report summarizes the mechanisms used to generate primary information for the biodiversity work. A handful of highlights of CHAL’s biodiversity include flora and fauna such as the nutritious grass (Saccharum spontaneum) for ungulates and domestic stock such as elephants; blue sheep (Psudois nayur); and snow leopard (Uncia uncia).
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The first four “Management” recommendations from the report include:
- The rapidly deteriorating conditions of Churia Hills in Makwanpur and Nawalparasi districts should be addressed.
- Three District Forest Offices should be supported to implement the Protected Forest Management Plans and revise the plans to make them more oriented for protecting species and ecosystems at the landscape level.
- Protected Areas, especially those situated on the northern parts of the country, should consider realigning their boundaries to include more/new areas with high biodiversity value.
- DFOs and PA agencies should collaborate with the Haryio Ban Program to identify locally occurring biodiversity areas of national importance. The expertise of the Department of Forest Research and Survey could be valuable.