Workshop on "Need for Producing Better Dissertation"
WWG organized a workshop "Need for Producing Better Dissertation in Master's Thesis in Endangered species of Nepal " f or former and present students of zoology of Tribhuvan University with the objective to highlight the importance of dissertation and research methodology to be used in it.
The specific objectives were:
To share the experience regarding the process of dissertation
To find out major difficulties in preparing the dissertation
To explore possible areas for helping the students to motivate writing better dissertation
Make a common ground of understanding for dissertation
The workshop held on 2 nd July 2005 was participated by 17 students. It was coordinated by WWG Chairman Mr. Mangal Man Shakya and was facilitated by Dr. Suman Subedi while Mr. Top Bahadur Khatri gave a presentation and Mr. Sahajman Shrestha participated as the resource person.
The workshop was organized finding the dissertation submitted by the students of zoology poor in quality due to misunderstanding and gap of knowledge among the students and the examining body including the department and low motivation of the students for preparing the dissertation "just to pass" the course.
Influence of conflict in conservation: Phase-I
Nepal is a small but rich country in terms of biodiversity due to its unique geographical position and latitudinal variation. Protected area plays a vital role in conservation of biodiversity. In addition, it has been playing one of the major sources of revenue collection in Nepal through the tourists visiting in the protected areas. Nepal, although is small in size, it has contributed remarkably to the conservation of global biodiversity by setting aside more than 19 percent of the country's landmass for perpetual conservation purposes.
Unfortunately, the prolonged armed conflict over the past decade which began with the launch of the Maoist insurgency has influenced the conservation activities adversely. It is necessary to identify the situation of conservation to design and implement further programs effectively. In September 2004 WWG sent journalists to five of the protected areas of Nepal to prepare field report on the influence of conflict in conservation with financial support from the Charge d' Affairs of the Embassy of Finland, Mr. Pauli Mustonen.
The field study was accomplished in the following protected areas:
1. Annapurna Conservation Area
2. Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
3. Khaptad National Park
4. Langtang National Park
5. Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area
On the basis of the field report submitted by the assigned journalists and investigative report on influence of conflict by wildlife expert Ukesh Raj Bhuju and Aditya Man Shrestha, WWG published a report "Conflict & Conservation and distributed to the concern organizations and individuals.
Influence of conflict in conservation: Phase-II
Finding the field study carried in five of the protected areas effective on the basis of feed back from concern organizations and individuals, WWG was desirous to continue the field study in other rest of the protected areas of Nepal . With the financial support from the Charge d' Affairs of the Embassy of Finland WWG conducted field study in the ten other protected areas of Nepal by sending journalists.
Before send the journalists to the field an orientation program was held in order to enable the participants know about the study program, importance of conservation, the techniques for field study, norms and values and general information of the concern protected areas.
Following are the protected areas conducted field study and the journalists assigned:
1. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Bijay Shantoshi Rai
2. Parsa wildlife Reserve
3. Royal Chitwan National Park
4. Royal Bardia National Park
Shiva Raj Yogi
5. Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve
6. Shey Phoksundo National Park
Ajay Raj Bam
7. Rara National Park
8. Sagarmatha National Park
9. Manaslu Conservation Area Project
Bindu Kant Ghimire
10. Kanchanjungha Conservation Area Project
Chandra Sekhar Karki
So far the field study has been concluded and comprehensive report is being prepared.
Environmental Journalism School
The human capital working in journalism sector needs the technical knowledge of environmental issues. On the basis of felt need to provide technical knowledge in such a way that the general public will also have the opportunity to get informed about the environment in an easy and accessible manner, WWG has initiated to establish an Environmental Journalism School in collaboration with School of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (SchEMS), which is affiliated with Pokhara University.
This sort of school is the first in its kind in Nepal . The School will have two different levels
a. Advanced Environmental Journalism
b. Basic Environmental Journalism
MoU between WWG and SchEMS has been signed and other preliminary works such as sorting out the experts of concern field and conduct meeting for consultation, designing draft of curriculum, preparation prospectus of the program are going on.