By creating an online, geotagged database of fauna and flora found across the KTKBELT, a comprehensive ‘cloud’ database will be created to highlight conservation priorities and aid in project planning. Plant species will be tagged to activate experiential learning opportunities in the landscape, and special habitats for birds, amphibians, reptiles and other groups will be highlighted using informational signage in English and Nepali language. This process will help identify unknown species and fill data gaps by shaping new research directions.
A more comprehensive biological audit working with local youth, scientists and the Department of Plant Resources in Nepal, is also being organized which will feed into the database and the BELT App.
In 2017, we hope to double the number of species in the database and make the App downloadable.
Priyanka Bista, Rajeev Goyal, Wangchu Bhutia, Ganga Limbu