February 28, 2024 ktk-belt

World Pangolin Day 2024

We want to extend our sincere gratitude and many congratulations to the Kerabari Rural Municipality for approving the “Community-Based Pangolin Protected Special Area Management Procedure 2023 (2080)” and designating the Rural Municipality as a “Community-Based Pangolin Protected Special Area.” At this event were representatives from neighboring Miklajung and Letang Rural Municipalities who were inspired and motivated to extend and replicate community-based pangolin conservation and declaration work.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Rainforest Trust and World Land Trust for supporting this entire process and our community-led conservation work!

In addition, we would like to extend our gratitude and congratulations for the various initiatives and activities throughout the last few weeks in Yangshila celebrating World Pangolin Day. This year’s World Pangolin Day was a collaborative effort of our local partner organizations, including Namuna Permaculture Learning Grounds, Vertical Biodiversity Fund, and Tamor Permaculture Learning Grounds.

Along with celebrating World Pangolin Day, under the leadership of our Country Director, Pramod Lindgen sir, our KTK-BELT team also took the opportunity to bring together all of the seven Learning Grounds and their representatives from different nodes of the Vertical University project—Koshi Tappu LG (Koshi Tappu), Namuna PLG Yangshila (Yangshila), Tamor PLG (Kurule Tenupa), TMJ LG (TMJ), Sankhuwasabha LG (Sankhuwasabha), and Dhokpya LG (Taplejung). On a two-day inter-learning grounds visit program, they started touring our Learning Grounds in Yangshila from Satishale to Maharaje, then Kurule-Tenupa. The learning ground-related activities of permaculture farming, bio-intensive farming, biodiversity conservation activities, plantation, and nursery-making were observed, and possible implementation of the project was also discussed on representative learning grounds.

We, the global team members of the project, are highly inspired and in awe of the incredible effort of our Nepal team members, learning ground partners, community members, and local, regional, and national-level stakeholders who are now a part of this community-based conservation momentum.

We hope that Yangshila becomes a haven for not only pangolins but all other endangered species of the region.

We also hope that Kerabari Rural Municipality’s leadership to acknowledge and protect endangered inhabitants of their region will motivate other Rural Municipalities to do the same!

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