Resources Himalaya Foundation organized a policy level panel discussion on “Tiger Conservation Success: Issues, Challenges, and Future Direction” on August 04, 2022. The panelists were Mr. Ajay Karki (Deputy Director General, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation); Dr. Mahendra Shrestha (Research Associate, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, USA); Dr. Dr. Kanchan Thapa (Head of Wildlife Program, World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Nepal). The program was moderated by Prof. Dr. Tej Bahadur Thapa, Wildlife Ecologist and Head of Department at Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University.
With celebration on achieving the target of doubling the tiger population, we have issues, challenges and the future management plans to be immediately addressed and taken into action. The number of tiger has reached to 355 nearly tripled that of 2010, according to the recent forth tiger census report, 2022. In this context, Dr. Mahendra Shrestha briefly talked about background of the global commitment of T×2 and addressed the future anticipating problems and challenges in the tiger range countries with some suggestions. Dr. Kanchan Thapa proudly praises on our achievement and talked on the tiger conservation success and the challenges through an ecological perspectives. Mr. Ajay Karki addressed the commitment and efforts of the Government of Nepal with highlighting their concern on future management. The program was followed by an interactive discussion session and ended with vote of thanks and closing remarks by Dr. Dinesh Neupane, Executive Director at Resources Himalaya Foundation.