Our Objectives

The objectives of Conservation Nepal are to:

  • Empower pro-poor rural women, dalit, janajati for inclusive participation in biodiversity conservation and natural resources management for sustainable livelihoods;
  • Implement various community-centric initiatives for reducing the impacts of climate change and environment degradation in the mid-mountains and Chure-Terai-Madhesh regions;uce the impacts of climate change and environment degradation in the mid-mountains and Chure-Terai regions of the country;
  • Mobilize people to participate in greenery promotion and climate resilience;
  • Conduct research and study on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and biodiversity conservation; and
  • Enhance food security through sustainable agricultural practices to effectively address poverty and promote economic well-being.

Strategies

By the end of 2025, Conservation Nepal as dedicated organization in the field of empowering marginalized communities, removing social injustice, and developing economically self-reliant and sustainable ecosystems.

The strategies are:

  1. Identifying and implementing training programs,
  2. Designing and implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation projects,
  3. Encouraging local communities and concerned stakeholders for greenery promotions
  4. Enabling local governments for climate change action and governance,
  5. Facilitating YCA Network’s group for greenery promotion through beneficiaries, and
  6. Identifying and implementing water-efficient diversified agriculture projects.

Thematic Areas:

Recognizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and nation’s long-term perspectives to support the sustainable development, poverty reduction and combating climate change impacts, Conservation Nepal has identified four major thematic areas and two cross-cutting themes.

  • Climate resilience: Conducting training and workshops, Conservation Nepal is actively addressing the heightened vulnerability of Nepal to climate change impacts, especially in rural areas. The changing climate significantly affects watershed hydrology, water resources, agricultural productivity, forests, wildlife etc., particularly through extreme temperature and erratic precipitation patterns that lead to increased surface run-off and insufficient underground water recharge, ultimately causing the drying up of springs. This situation exacerbates water-induced disasters, including erosion, landslides, stream bank erosion, resulting in severe consequences such as loss of life and property. Importantly, climate change and environmental degradation present equity challenges, disproportionately affecting the rights of women, children, and the most marginalized groups in societies. Conservation Nepal’s efforts focus on enhancing the adaptive capacity of communities through training and workshops, coupled with the implementation of nature-based solutions for mitigating impacts and enhancing livelihoods. By doing so, the organization aims to build climate resilience and contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 13.
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Nepal, situated amidst a spectrum of natural hazards including floods, landslides, and earthquakes, stands among the top 20 most multi-hazard prone countries globally. The country is specifically ranked 4th, 11th, and 30th concerning climate change, earthquake, and flood risks, respectively. Earthquakes, glacier lake outburst floods, landslides, riverbed rising, stream bank erosion, and floods, along with drought, have become recurrent phenomena in Nepal. Conservation Nepal, driven by a primary goal to mitigate the adverse impacts of water-induced disasters, focuses on effective management with the active participation of local communities. This involvement extends to various segments of the population, with particular emphasis on women, youths, marginalized groups, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Capacity Development: Recognizing that capacity building is a sustained, enduring endeavor, Conservation Nepal places it as a top priority. This strategic focus involves enhancing the capabilities of all stakeholders in relevant areas, ensuring they are well-equipped to execute their tasks optimally. The organization believes in the transformative power of capacity building, empowering individuals and organizations to assess their competencies within a complex operational landscape. Conservation Nepal emphasizes the creation of an enabling environment through a robust policy and legal framework, institutional development, inclusive community participation (with special attention to women and marginalized groups), human resources development, and the fortification of managerial systems. This comprehensive approach underscores the commitment to fostering long-term resilience and effectiveness among all stakeholders.
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): Living below the poverty line, pro-poor rural communities often struggle to afford essential services such as education, safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), and the management of natural resources and biodiversity conservation. In response to this pressing need, Conservation Nepal is deeply committed to playing a significant role in contributing towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6). This goal, established by the United Nations, is a comprehensive call to end poverty in all its forms, addressing critical issues like the lack of access to food, clean drinking water, and proper sanitation. By prioritizing these fundamental aspects, Conservation Nepal aims to uplift the socio-economic conditions of impoverished rural communities and actively contribute to the global agenda of eradicating poverty.

Cross-cutting themes:

1.Gender Equity and Social Inclusion

Discrimination against women and marginalized groups is pervasive in Nepali society, impacting their access to resources and involvement in development planning. Typically, men, boys, and non-marginalized groups receive preferential treatment in areas such as credit, education, agricultural inputs, and decision-making processes. Conservation Nepal actively collaborates with women, youths (both boys and girls), socially excluded and indigenous people, as well as marginalized groups. The organization’s goal is to foster socially cohesive and economically prosperous communities by addressing and rectifying the existing disparities.

2. Human Rights and Youth Participation

The realization of peace and democracy is intricately tied to upholding human rights and engaging the active participation of youths from all backgrounds in development activities. In Nepal, women, youths, and individuals from marginalized groups continue to face challenges in accessing government services. Conservation Nepal endeavors to cultivate champions of human rights and advocates for the meaningful inclusion of women, youths, and marginalized groups in local governance and developmental initiatives, aiming to bridge existing gaps.

3. Environment Protection

Nepal’s mountainous terrain, dominated by hills and mountains, faces environmental degradation and biodiversity loss due to factors such as poverty, population growth, and inappropriate agricultural practices. Conservation Nepal recognizes the urgency to address these issues and is dedicated to raising awareness among rural communities. The organization focuses on the significance of sustainable natural resource utilization to ensure the long-term health of watersheds, rivers, and biodiversity, thereby contributing to environmental protection and conservation efforts.

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