Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation (SMCRF) celebrated World Pangolin Day, 2017 in collaboration with Greenhood Nepal (GN) and Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) with financial support from Hariyo Ban Program, Nepal on 18th February 2017. A round table discussion was done about the “Futures of pangolins in Nepal”. The program was conducted at Indreni Foodland, Kathmandu from 1pm to 4pm.
The program gathered the researchers, conservationists, conservation organizations and large number of students from different universities. The program was initiated with presentation on “Pangolins in Nepal” by Mr. Ambika Prasad Khatiwada, Program Incharge, NTNC. It was followed by a round table discussion with five panelists; Dr. Maheshwor Dhakal, Joint Secretary, MoFSC, DSP. Praveen pokharel, CIB, nepal Police, Dr. Shant raj Jnawali, Chief of Party, WWF Nepal, Hariyo Ban II, Prof. Dr. Khadga Basnet, CDZ, TU and Mrs. Tulshi Laxmi Suwal, President and Co-founder, SMCRF. The session was facilitated by Mr. Kumar Paudel, Co-founder, Greenhood Nepal. The round table talk discussed on the scope, opportunities and challenges of research on pangolins in Nepal, Pangolin conservation policy, strategy and action plan, poaching and trade of pangolins and law effectiveness in Nepal, resources and future of pangolins in Nepal and perceptive of young researcher on study of Pangolin in Nepal. The program was made interactive with questions from the floor to the panelists throughout the session.
Pangolins are facing severe threats due to illegal trade and habitat destruction. Thus, IUCN/SSC Pangolin Specialist Group initiated to celebrate “World Pangolin Day” from 2012 for the conservation of the pangolins globally. This is the 6th annual celebration of the World Pangolin Day.