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Education and Communication For Biodiversity Conservation in Nepal

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Conservation Education and Communication (CEC) has always been an integral part of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal Program. The formation of Eco Clubs at schools, non formal education, students’ stipends, study tours, exchange visits and the dissemination of educational material are a few ways by which conservation education is taken to students. Similarly, quarterly newsletters, annual reports, radio programs, media tours and media coverage are a few ways by which conservation messages are communicated to the communities at the local, national and international levels.

This paper examines through case studies how the CEC program of WWF Nepal Program has been playing a crucial role in bringing about positive changes in the attitude and behavior of schoolteachers, students and community members in support of conservation and Sustainable Development (SD) in Nepal. Through such programs WWF Nepal Program and its partners have been able to minimize the conflict between the park and the people by bettering understanding of the importance of conserving the natural and cultural environment. Furthermore, such efforts have been helpful in enhancing the capacities of community members to improve their livelihoods by conserving and sustainably managing Nepal's biological diversity.

Author: Neelima Shrestha

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