Breakthrough in vulture conservation in Nepal

26 November 2010 | News story

On 26 November 2010 the Nepalese Government declared Dang District as the country`s first "Diclofenac Free District". Diclofenac is a veterinary drug widely used across South Asia to treat livestock. It has been identified as the principal cause of vulture decline

Diclofenac is a veterinary drug widely used across South Asia to treat livestock. It has been identified as the principal cause of vulture decline. Any vultures feeding on the carcass of an animal that was treated with this drug will die from kidney failure. A team of young conservationists working for Bird Conservation Nepal are funded by SOS to establish numerous Vulture Safe Zones across the country.

This declaration will give stronger ownership and emphasis among local governments for vulture conservation efforts; commit veterinary practitioners and vendors to stop selling diclofenac; and spread the word on vulture conservation and diclofenac by engaging local and national media.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson of the Natural Resource Committee of Constitution Assembly said, "I will hold a meeting of the NRM committee and ask the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation on how the whole of Nepal can be ensured as diclofenac free".

A team of young conservationists working for Bird Conservation Nepal are among those who have been working towards this fantastic result. Through their SOS-funded Future Conservationist project, they aim to establish numerous Vulture Safe Zones across the country.