August 14, 2022, Sunday
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Nepal’s 4th national tiger survey kicks off

The Nepal Weekly
December 7, 2021

The National Tiger Survey 2022 kick started Sunday through a launch programme in Chitwan National Park. The survey begagn with the Chitwan-Parsa complex, covering all tiger habitats of Nepal including national parks, buffer zones and national forests within the vicinity. 

The National Tiger Survey is governed by the Central Advisory Committee that comprises of heads of organizations from Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Department of Forests and Soil Conservation, Directorate of National Parks and Reserve-Nepali Army, National Trust for Nature Conservation, WWF Nepal, and ZSL Nepal. Likewise, a technical committee was also formed under the leadership of ecologists from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and other partner organizations, alongside an implementation team led by representatives from respective national parks, and including representatives from the Division Forest Offices, Nepali Army, and conservation partners. Guided by Tiger and Prey Base Monitoring Protocol, the Survey will follow a methodology that includes Camera Trapping and Habitat Occupancy. Meanwhile, Nepal’s tiger bearing habitats have been divided into three complexes—Chitwan-Parsa, Banke-Bardia, and Shukla-Laljhadi. An estimated 3938 units of camera traps will be used, across 1,969 grids that traverse these complexes. 

Nepal’s last tiger survey in 2018 estimated 235 wild tigers in the country, a near doubling of the baseline of 121 tigers in 2009. The findings from this survey will undoubtedly be crucial, not only in understanding and improving conservation efforts for the species, but also in in terms of tracking Nepal’s progress in achieving its commitment to double its tiger populations by 2022, set at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010.  

“Nepal has achieved exceptional results in tiger conservation despite a multitude of challenging situations. The numbers are testimony to this. We are confident that Nepal will achieve its TX2 targets this coming year and present it in the upcoming global tiger summit” stated Dr. Ghana S. Gurung, Country Representative, WWF Nepal. The National Tiger Survey 2022 is led by the Government of Nepal with an estimated budget of NPR 37 million. WWF Nepal, ZSL Nepal and the National Trust for Nature Conservations have provided both technical and financial support,. WWF-UK, WWF Canada, WWF Finland, and Tigers Alive Initiative provided financial support for the survey.