Clean up Chandragiri to Champadevi Trail, Nepal

Small Mammal Conservation and Research Foundation serves as consultancy, advocacy, research and conservation development in the field of small mammals and least studies wildlife in Nepal.
 
Hiking Trail Chandragiri Hills
Hiking Trail Chandragiri Hills

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The Project

The Chandragiri to Champadevi trail, located in the hills near the southern rim of Kathmandu Valley, winds through human settlements and is one of the suitable habitats of Critically Endangered Chinese Pangolin, which also serves as a corridor for Common Leopard. Lack of proper local waste management, litter thrown by hikers, tea houses, hotels and construction workers has impacted local flora and fauna. Plastic has been observed in the scat of the Common Leopard and many cases of entanglement have been reported.  Illegal poaching activities like snaring are reducing the leopard’s prey species, forcing it to stray into human settlements to find other potential prey, resulting in conflicts. Funding provided by EOCA will be used to conduct clean-up campaigns along 17.5km of trail, and will work with local communities and government to implement waste management training and installing bins into which rubbish can be separated. A biodiversity survey of the local natural area will be undertaken and information boards about wildlife and waste management will be installed along the trail.
 
Plastic waste found in leopard scat
Plastic waste found in leopard scat
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We are hugely grateful for the support of the European Outdoor Conservation Association, without whose support we could never have realised such an ambitious project.
Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage