Species, Ecosystem and Biodiversity Services

The multiple benefits and services provided by biodiversity, such as Provisioning services (food, water, medicine, etc.), Regulating services (flood control, pollination, maintenance of soil fertility, etc.), Cultural services (spiritual meaning, recreational resources, cultural benefits, aesthetical value, etc.), and Supporting services (maintenance of genetic diversity, soil formation, etc.).

For example: A fisherman earning his livelihood from the fish stocks of rivers and lakes, tourism, agrobiodiversity, etc.

People, Conservation and Co-existence

Different communities or individuals working with their possible efforts, using either traditional, innovative, conventional, or unconventional ways for biodiversity conservation, and how they are co-existing with biodiversity.

For example: Citizen scientists in different regions of Nepal helping in wildlife monitoring or habitat restoration, people opting for bee friendly plantations, local community managing forests, incidences of human wildlife conflict, wildlife-friendly bridges over roads, people protecting different plants for religious purposes or beliefs etc.

Threats to Biodiversity

Biodiversity has been impacted by habitat loss, invasive species, population growth, pollution, overexploitation, climate change, and so on, at varying levels.

For example: overharvesting of resources creating barren landscape, excessive growth of invasive species destroying native species,  overfishing, activities induced by climate change (glacial retreat, forest fire), disaster-induced by developmental activities such as loss of soil stability, outburst flood due to blockages in waterways, deforestation.

Year of Tiger 2022

As we enter the 2022 Year of the Tiger, there is ample evidence of a century-long trend of wild tiger decline has finally been reversed. This is a rare conservation success story that needs to be cherished. However, challenges remain.

The St. Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 ignited international collaboration across the 13 tiger range country governments and the global conservation community towards a common goal for tiger recovery. In this theme, we seek photos that show our collective efforts in tiger conservation, including the ecology and habitat tigers in Nepal.