A drawing competition among primary and lower secondary level students on "Wetlands, Forests and Wildlife for our future’ was conducted at NTNC-BCC on 31, August, 2015. First round competition was organized in the respective schools and only best two candidates from each school were invited at NTNC-BCC, Saurha for final competition. Twenty-two students from eleven schools took part on the event. Teachers, local conservation leaders and ex-chief wildlife warden of Chitwan National Park and expert member of Beeshazar Lake Management Board (BLMB), members of BLMB and staffs of NTNC observed the function. Prizes were given to best three students of each level. Best students were awarded with certificate and prizes.

A detailed study on ecosystem services provided by the lake and feasibility to initiate Payment of Ecosystem Services (PES) is under progress. 

One of the key interventions of the project is to initiate mechanism of collecting revenue from the visitors and make the Beeshazar Lake Conservation Committee (BLCC) self-sustained in the future. The BLCC has started to charge entry fee with visitors (NPR. 25 to Nepali, NPR. 500 to foreigners as entry fee and NPR. 700 for a vehicle entry) since May 2015. The lake gets >10,000 visitors every year. The BLCC will use 50% of the collected revenue for lake restoration and management and 50% for community engagements. Similarly, the project has initiated dialogue with local government and other partners for their contribution on wetland conservation.

 

Assessment of ecosystem services provided by the wetland

A detailed study on ecosystem services provided by the lake and feasibility to initiate Payment of Ecosystem Services (PES) is under progress.

One of the key interventions of the project is to initiate mechanism of collecting revenue from the visitors and make the Beeshazar Lake Conservation Committee (BLCC) self-sustained in the future. The BLCC has started to charge entry fee with visitors (NPR. 25 to Nepali, NPR. 500 to foreigners as entry fee and NPR. 700 for a vehicle entry) since May 2015. The lake gets >10,000 visitors every year. The BLCC will use 50% of the collected revenue for lake restoration and management and 50% for community engagements. Similarly, the project has initiated dialogue with local government and other partners for their contribution on wetland conservation.

A three day training on bookkeeping and accounting to the thirty-five participants from Barandabhar BZUC was conducted at Barandabhar BZUC’s office from 26-28 August, 2015. The participants included 15 male and 15 female from different sub- committees and groups under Barandabhar BZUC and 5 participants from Barandabhar Users Committee in the training.
Another capacity building training included Proposal and Report writing, digital media use and Email/Internet to the community members of Barandabhar and Mrigakunj BZUCs from 23-24 September, 2015. A total 40 participants from both BZUCs participated in this training.
These Trainings on book keeping and accounting, proposal and report writing and digital media use to the local community members aimed to boost them in keeping their account system fair and transparent. This sensitized capacity will help in good governance of their institutions, increased anti-corruption awareness and personal development.

Invasive species has been identified as one of the prominent threats to wetland biodiversity conservation. Manual removal of invasive species like water hyacinth, water cabbage and water chestnut has been initiated in partnership with local community based organizations. The removed invasive species are dumped in a designated area to check their dispersal. Nine hectares of lake has been cleaned so far. A permanent mechanism to remove and dispose these invasive species has been initiated by employing 6 local community members. They will be paid by the lake management authority from the fund generated through tourism around the lake.

On the holy festival, Teez of Nepalese women, Teez song competition on the theme “Importance of Wetlands for Wildlife and Forest Conservation” was organized on 16, September, 2015 as a part of awareness program to the local communities. Thirteen groups of women participated on the competition. More than 200 women audience and approximately 90 male audiences attended the program. The participants delivered the message to the audience to conserve wetlands and dependent wild animals, its importance in wildlife conservation and tourism promotion. They also urged to keep the forest grazing free, implant biogas and promotion of home-stay through their Teez songs. Best three women groups were awarded in the program.

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