Wetland Friends of Nepal

Region

Asia

Country

Nepal

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

Wetland Friends of Nepal (WFN) is a non profitable, non governmental and voluntary wetland research network in Nepal, founded in 2006. It is formed as a result of group of professionals and amateurs wanting to come together to respond the urgent need of the worsening situation of wetlands and associated biodiversity in Nepal.

Overall aims of the centre

The goal of WFN is the advancement of wetland science in Nepal.

Description of the centre

Wetland Friends of Nepal (WFN) is a non profitable, non governmental and voluntary wetland research network in Nepal, founded in 2006. It is formed as a result of group of professionals and amateurs wanting to come together to respond the urgent need of the worsening situation of wetlands and associated biodiversity in Nepal.

The goal of WFN is the advancement of wetland science in Nepal. WFN promotes wetland conservation and management through research, conservation education and awareness, institution formation and capacity building, publication, networking and action-oriented programmes in inclusive, ICT-based, participatory, and experience-based learning approaches. Research, networking, cooperation, publication and local engagement are key commitments.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

WFN draws on community-level, face-to-face activities as well as information and communication technology (ICT)-based approaches to support the interests of naturalists, environmentalists and conservationists towards wise use and sustainable management of wetlands in Nepal.

WFN also uses ICTs in its efforts to serve as a network for linking researchers, and sharing information & experiences on wetland and environmental issues.
It seeks to promote networking of researchers and conservationists for discussion, learning and awareness, as well as to provide free access to the educational materials and other resources.

Top three successes

Publication of the educational materials is one of the key commitments of WFN – for example, WFN and Institute of Forestry Pokhara published an educational kit to forest, wetland and bird conservation and a pocket guide to flora and fauna of Ghodaghodi Lake (a Ramsar site) of Nepal in Nepali language (as local language field guides) with support from the World Bank/Netherlands Partnership Programme and the Rufford Small Grants Foundation.

WFN Publishes a peer-reviewed international journal entitled ‘Journal of Wetlands Ecology (www.nepjol.info/index.php/jowe)’ annually. In addition, WFN has published some books and educational materials related to wetlands.

In addition to creating awareness through educational materials and activities, WFN conducts research on wetlands, wetlands biodiversity and wetland dynamics – for example, WFN has initiated research and conservation initiative on least studied otters in Nepal in partnership with international conservation organisations.

With support from Environmental Activities Grant Programme of Toyota Motor Corporation Japan, WFN carried out an experiment on preparing compost from invasive water hyacinth with promising results beneficial for farmers in increasing agricultural productivity and reducing hyacinth invasion in wetlands.

Top three challenges

Wetland ecosystem is priority area in Nepal for research and conservation. Managing institutional support for long run is challenging.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information; producing written materials.

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; managing / creating habitat.

Participation

Engaging young people; working with volunteers; engaging hard-to-reach groups; engaging the local community.

Education and communication

Lobbying / running campaigns; developing resources / materials.

General

Fund-raising; project planning.

Contact

Website address: http://www.wetlandfriendsofnepal.org

Gandhiv Kafle

President, Wetland Friends of Nepal

Gakhur-1, Gorkha, Nepal

Email: gandhiv@wetlandfriendsofnepal.org