Unsustainable Herding Practices
Livestock herding is one of the major drivers of red panda habitat loss and degradation in Eastern Nepal. Each herder has between two and four herding stations which they rotate seasonally with their livestock throughout the year. These stations require consistent maintenance, which results in an increased demand for timber.
Current herding practices are unsustainable and have been identified as a major cause of habitat degradation in the region.
Livestock not only degrade habitat quality as they graze in the forest but directly compete with red pandas as they eat bamboo and other red panda food species.
Your support has allowed us to design a transportable herder's tent to replace the existing wooden sheds. The prototype is currently being tested at a herding station in Ilam.
57 livestock herders and Community Forest User Group (CFUG) members attended two red panda conservation workshops.
We are supporting sustainable herding practices by providing fodder seedlings to local herders. This will encourage stall feeding of livestock and reduce the need for forest grazing. Herders in Eastern Nepal have received 1,600 seedlings.
|Herder tent installed at herding station.