Conservation governance of red panda habitat in Nepal

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

Project Details

Description

Biologically and culturally diverse mountain habitats of the red panda produce numerous ecosystem goods and services of global significance, as well as satisfying the daily sustenance requirements and well-being of poor and vulnerable local communities. However, some anthropogenic drivers such as overexploitation of resources, unsustainable and conventional harvestings of resources, poor conservation governance and regulation mechanism, and natural factors including climate change and disasters have resulted in unsustainable habitat degradation. To balance human dependency on resources and needs of economic development and conservation of biological diversity. There is the urgency to recognise, incorporate and support the need for biodiversity conservation and decision making processes because the conservation of endangered species like red panda will not be possible without good governance of the resources it requires.
This research aims to (i) understand the effectiveness of conservation governance in the range of the red panda in mid-western Nepal; (ii) to explore and value the ecosystem goods and services flow from red panda habitat; (iii) to assess the trends in the use and availability of ecosystem goods and benefits; and (iv)to develop practical measures for sustainable management of those services in a manner that enables conservation of the species. This research will employ mix-method research approach including quantitative (e.g. household survey) and qualitative (e.g. focus group discussions, key informant interview) to achieve the goal of the project.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date31/08/16 → …