Globally, amphibians and reptiles are least studied faunal groups. Studies on amphibians and reptiles of Nepal have been scattered and the research projects to date have generally been narrowly-defined. They are local in scope, limited in duration and confined mostly to protected areas. There has been virtually no systematic countrywide attempt at information gathering for entire group of herpetofauna. As conservation and legislation are designed, in part, based on these studies, there are limitations that have serious implications for designing long-term conservation programmes.
In order to develop a national database, it is essential to evolve a comprehensive, long-term inventory of and monitoring programmes for amphibians and reptiles of Nepal. It is also vital to identify and conserve the important habitats of the herptiles. The need for such work is especially acute, given the rapid human population growth; the dependence of rural people on natural products from wetlands and associated herptiles’ habitats, building materials and medicines; and growth of tourism in and around the habitats. The likely effects of global climate change are yet to distinguish.There is widespread apprehension over updating the structure of conservation policies, as very little is known about the distribution and abundance of many species listed on both schedules of the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act 1973, on appendices of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and on IUCN Red List. To support such an endeavour, a team of Environmental Science professionals and wildlife biologists from around the countries are united. To materialize the very efforts for the conservation of this important group of animals, they decided to amalgamate formally as “Companions for Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal”, abbreviated as “CARON”. The team would like to thank all the well wishers – individuals and organizations – for their encouragements and supports, especially to the advisory board and expect full-fledged cooperation in future endeavours of the organization. We welcome any in-kind and other supports for the conservation of our nature, in general and herpetofauna and their habitats, in particular.
1. Documentation of herpetofauna of Nepal
2. Cooperation with different stakes of society to disseminate information regarding the status and immediate needs for the conservation of herpetofauna and their habitats
3. Turtle conservation works in low lands of Nepal
CARON published turtle conservation leaflets and poster in partnership with other stakeholders.
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