KATHMANDU, July 20-One of the Greenest country in South Asia, Richest in wildlife and prized conservation works, Nepal is seeking for US$43 million in support from donor communities to make its commitment to double the number of tigers by 2022, As tiger conservation summit come to an end on Monday.
“Each year Nepal government spends about US$30 million on conservation work, but this amount is insufficient. So, if we really want to conserve tigers, then donor communities should commit continuous support of about US$3.5 million each year for the next 12 years,” Megh Bahadur Pandey, Deputy Director General, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation told.
So far, 13 countries had committed a year ago to double the number of tigers by 2022 and have demanded commitment fund for conservation from the donor community.
“Most of the countries with tigers are least developed or developing countries, so they need financial support to conserve the big cat.
“Probably, the donor community will work out the financial mechanism and come up with some concrete ideas in September,” said Ghanashyam Gurung, Conservation Director, World Wildlife Fund, Nepal.
World Wildlife Fund, World Bank and Global Tiger Forum are in the race to be the authoritative body for channeling the fund. Nepal boasts 121 adult breeding tigers.
The total global population of tigers has decreased from 100,000 to 3,200 in the last century.
Nepal spent millions of rupees in other conservation as well where as 34% of its Land and Jungles are under conservation areas. Country like Nepal should benefit from such resources to bring wildlife lovers as tourist to boost their economy in fast track.
– G. N. Dhamala – Kathmandu (Dhamala is a freelance writer and can be reached by Email)