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Presenting Nature-based Solution Initiative (Wetlands 4 Nepal) at WSCC2022 Conference

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Through Microscope

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Biopesticide Prototype: Sustainable local livelihoods through Circular Economy Models

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MISSION STATEMENT

 “Our Nature Hub’s (NCRH) main objective is to deliver effective biodiversity and resource conservation through well-grounded research and community participation. Through this we would like to provide a platform for local people to be aware of their own natural resources and help them make informed decision on resource utility, wild animal welfare, and policy making. A big part of this includes capacity building and activities that might also touch upon subjects close to a community’s well-being, for example, adaption and resilience, livelihood enhancement, food security, and health. Upon a project completion, we also aim to support the communities with monitoring and guidance such that the legacy of the effort shall continue.”

NbS & Circular Economy

Nature Based Solutions (NbS) incorporates processes and features of a natural environment to offer valuable ecosystem services. Circular economy approaches fundamentally promote sustainable use of resources. When it comes to natural resources, these concepts can be integrated to harness locally available natural resources in a manner that protects or restores the environment and uplift the local livelihood together.

Conservation of Species

Species conservation is one of the major pillars of maintaining ecosystem health. Conserving a species in a generic sense means taking steps to protect that species and its associated habitat requirements, with the goal of preventing them from becoming threatened or biologically extinct. However, conservation incorporates an array of activities, such as habitat restoration, hunting and fishing regulations, no pollution, captive breeding, reintroduction, and raising awareness.

Wetlands Conservation

If trees are the lungs of the planet then wetlands are the arteries and kidneys. Principally, wetlands feature a diverse range of ecosystems from marshes to rivers and springs to estuarian habitats. Nepal is harbors the largest portion of the Himalayas and the ecoregion has wealth of freshwater wetlands. However, these wetlands are either are degrading or left unchecked mostly due to rapid urbanization and lack of wetland inventory. Scientific evaluation is key to wetland restoration and management.

Genotoxicity & Biomonitoring

Biomonitoring is a key tool to assess the health of a ecosystem, tracking the impact of any stressor or restorative measure on the ecosystem processes. Genotoxity portrays changes deeper than surface ecological elements, looking also into carcinogenic effects. However, these tools are expensive limiting their usage in rural areas. We need to find innovative and affordable tools that can be used by local people themselves.

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