Resources Himalaya Foundation has successfully completed its project “Education and Formation of Team Otter Clubs in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.” The project, led by Prof. Paras M. Acharya, was focused on the school level students from eight schools in the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
The project covers educating school children and teachers on various aspects including ecology, biology, habitat, behavior of otters with its conservation issues. This interactive program increased the children’s interest and affinity towards the otters. As a result, five Team Otter Clubs were formed comprising of 38 children from five schools. Through the formation of these clubs, this program aimed at creating a sense of stewardship and responsibility among the local people and children for the conservation of otters. The project expected to enhance the awareness about the importance of conserving aquatic species. RHF believes that this program would be a stepping stone to create a better understanding of the importance of otters and is expected to extend to a larger group of people in the future. RHF thanks Mr. Pawan Poudel, Ms. Swostika Jamarkattel, and Ms. Surakshya Bhandari for their support in the field during this project.
Please find the IOSF February 2022 newsletter for details.