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BIOCOS-Nepal (Biodiversity Conservation Society-Nepal) is a non-governmental, non-profit-making and apolitical organization. With the belief that local are real guardian of flora and fauna of their locality, BIOCOS was established a decade ago with the intention of promoting local participation in conservation through community and school based awareness initiatives. Later, we understood that that understanding of species and their relationships with one another, in addition to conservation education and community participation, are crucial. Consequently, research projects were added in our top priority area. So, we seek to conserve species through the community participation based on the foundation of science.
The number of species declining and species extinction is increasing day by day. Global warming, poaching, illegal trade and habitat degradation are the major threats to biodiversity. The species of both flora and fauna, according to BIOCOS, are interconnected. The extinction of one species that will have effect on other species. Therefore, we support idea of all species on the Earth are equally important and hence, we prefer to take action to conserve overall biodiversity by putting special emphasis on conservation of key species. Key species are those that are globally threatened species and biologically significant species (i.e. Habitat specialist), such as snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, swamp francolin, cheer pheasant.
BIOCOS-Nepal focuses its conservation efforts in Annapurna-Dhaulagiri region; a biological divider in Himalayan region, Everest region; the top of the world, Chitwan National Park; a home of greater one horn rhinoceros, Bardia National Park; land of tiger, Suklphanta National Park and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve; home of Swamp Francolin.
Provide scientific information on wildlife and their habitats through various research activities. Study the relationships between people and biodiversity. Identify the various effects of climate change on biodiversity. Conduct social welfare and conservation awareness programs. Implement conservation programs through local people's participation.
BIOCOSNEPAL, a form of eco-group, founded in December 2002, is a union of young conservationists and environmentalists who are inspired by biodiversity conservation and ecological sustenance. Eco-group started conducting research and awareness programs on biodiversity, especially on birds, plants, mammals, and their habitats. This spirit came out when eco-members became involved in research and conservation activities supported by the World Pheasant Association, Oriental Bird Club, Club 300 Foundation, and WWF for research and conservation education program from the start of our conservation endeavors. We eco-group members felt the need for an organization that not only focuses on single-species project work but instead has the vision to explore research and conservation of single species and biodiversity as a whole. In 2007, we transformed this eco-group into a non-governmental authorized organization i.e. Biodiversity Conservation Society Nepal (BIOCOSNEPAL) for the conservation of the flora and fauna of Nepal. BIOCOSNEPAL is registered in 2008 in the District Administration Office of Lalitpur district with registered charity number 2761/49. It is affiliated with Social Welfare Council, Kathmandu Nepal, with affiliation number 26343.
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