Conservation Development Foundation






Central Asia


WLI Asia-Oceania


Name of organisation

Conservation Development Foundation (CODEFUND)

Funding support

Government project call, Nepal; Environmental institution

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year


Overall aims of the centre

Overall aims of our centre are:

  • Establish conservation development forum and seek conservation financing mechanism through national and international networking, partnership, professional services and propositions based on collective inputs and actions
  • Demonstrate conservation of biodiversity and natural resources to improve ecosystem health by empowering community, and share incentives that respect social and environmental justice, governance and equity
  • Influence at policy level, legal and socio-economic space for safeguarding ecosystem health and services
  • Generate impacts through conservation researches, knowledge development, innovative actions and practices, and their dissemination with an initiation of conservation academy and green communication and  recognition.

Description of the centre

Currently CODEFUND has been conservation awareness and capacity
enhancement under 'Wetland Academy', an informal institution for knowledge generation and dissemination device discussed many times among government and environmental institution in Nepal. Currently, we're focusing in the Lake Cluster Pokhara Valley (LCPV) in Pokhara (Ramsar #NP2257) listed in the 3rd ranked 'Spring Season' must visit trip destination once in life time in the world according to
the National Geographic Channel. One of the beauty of this lake is unique geographical valley landscape with panoramic view of the Annapurna and Manaslu Himalaya ranges in north
blended with dense forests, meadows and culturally significant rivers and streams, and biological endemism and cultural diversities.
Lake cluster is the composite of nine lakes; the Phewa lake, Begnas lake, Rupa lake, Dipang lake, Maidi lake, Khaste lake, Neureni lake, Gunde lake and Kamal Pokhari. The Phewa is the 3rd largest lake of Nepal.
CODEFUND in its establishment period helped government in the process of designation of LCPV in the Ramsar list, and later for the establishment of Lake Conservation and Development Authority in Gandaki State where Pokhara belongs. It undertakes capcity
building programs for government personnel, lake managers and communities including exploration and update of biodiversity, socio-economic and water quality information.
Currently, CODEFUND has successfully accomplished the 1st phase demonstration of Climate Resilient Lake Basin Governance for Lake Environment, Biodiversity and Green Enterprise in Dipang Lake, one of small lake of LCPV, which reported two species of insects new to Nepal, Ceriagrion ceriorubellum (Brauer 1865) and Aciagrion approximans (Selys, 1876).

CODEFUND has technical support for the government of Nepal particularly the
Department of Forests and Soil Conservation (DoFSC), and National Lake Conservation
Development Committee for the nationwide scientific inventory of lakes below 3,000 m in
the past. It has jointly organized international conference with Ministry of Industry,
Tourism, Forests and Environment, Province-1 and Botanical Society of Nepal in 2020.
Currently, it has been working as loose international partner of International Lake
Environment Committee Foundation, Japan for the cause of Integrated Lake Basin
Management. CODEFUND is the member NGO of IUCN Nepal (# NG/25699)

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Training and Workshop, and knowledge mining
on wetlands and biodiversity in Nepal

Top three successes

  1. National inventory of lakes of Nepal below 3,000 masl
  2. Preparation of Integrated Lake Basin Management Plan of Lake Cluster of Pokhara Valley (2018). Implementation of this plan by supporting government of Gandaki State for the establishment of Lake Conservation and Development Authority 2019, and demonstration of lake basin governance in Dipang lake
  3. Implementation of National Ramsar Strategic Plan and Actions (2018-2024) by updating RIS of three Ramsar Sites {Jagadishpur Reservoir (Kapilvastu), Mai Pokhari (Ilam) and Ghodaghodi Tal Complex (Kailai)} outside protected areas for DoFSC, preparation of Wetlands Health Monitoring Tool for Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, joint preparation of Site Management Plan of Rara Lake (Mugu) with IUCN Nepal, and preparation of Site Plan of Shey Phoksundo lake (Dolpa), and preparation of integrated Wetlands Basin Plan of Taltalaiya (Susari)

Top three challenges

Recharging water system in the mountain stream: Most of the mountain streams in the rural setting are drying due to infrastructure development and decrease of forests cover in watersheds and basin of the streams. Their recharge is extremely vital for sustaining sustenance of local livelihoods and ongoing development practice at the same
time. Challenges are to influencing local government for this priority that 'environment' is the backbone of development, and mobilization of government resources for this cause.
CODEFUND initiated this in Tapli Rural Municipality, but has difficulty to leverage resources from supporting institution. Leveraging resource is extremely painful especially for the activities targeted for rural objective which may not be the target of broader framework project.

Himalayan Wetlands Journal: CODEFUND disclosed the publication of the Himalayan Wetlands Journal in 2018 in an occasion of the World Wetlands Day 2018 as the vehicle to communicate and disseminate recent development in wetlands realm. It is still pending in receiving commitment from partners. NGO may not have good skills to set its priority of priority of partners.


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat


Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Delivering adult education; Lobbying / running campaigns;  Developing resources / materials


Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Fund-raising; Project planning.


Name: Conservation Development Foundation (CODEFUND, Shailendra Kumar Pokharel
Address: Kathmandu
Telephone: + 977 9841698227

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