Inclusive Biodiversity Conservation: NIWF and WWF Empowering Indigenous Women and Girls

In Nepal, the National Indigenous Women’s Federation (NIWF) and WWF Nepal are coming together to host a crucial 1-Day Round Table Discussion, focused on the integration of Indigenous women and girls into the country’s National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). This collaborative event aims to enrich biodiversity conservation efforts by incorporating the valuable perspectives of Indigenous communities in Nepal.

Amidst escalating challenges to biodiversity, the UN Biodiversity Conference COP-15 serves as a pivotal platform to address this urgent issue. The conference is dedicated to halting biodiversity loss and restoring ecosystems, underlining the need for collective action and inclusive approaches in countries like Nepal.

At the heart of the discussion lies the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, an international agreement that outlines post-2020 global biodiversity strategies. Emphasizing the significance of local communities, particularly Indigenous women, as key players in preserving biodiversity and fostering sustainable development, this framework aligns perfectly with Nepal’s rich cultural diversity and environmental heritage.

During the Round Table Discussion, participants will focus on crafting essential messages for NBSAP formulation, implementation, and monitoring, ensuring that they align with local realities and incorporate traditional wisdom specific to Nepal’s diverse landscapes.

Through open dialogues and collaborative efforts, the NIWF and WWF Nepal seek to create actionable strategies that strengthen the involvement of Indigenous communities in biodiversity conservation efforts across the country. By fostering inclusivity and cultural respect, Nepal can lead the way in demonstrating the power of community-driven conservation initiatives.

The 1-Day Round Table Discussion promises to be a dynamic gathering, bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise from Nepal’s conservationists and community leaders. Together, they can build a shared vision of a sustainable future, where biodiversity thrives, and the voices of Indigenous women and girls are heard and respected throughout the country.

Let’s embrace the power of inclusivity and cultural richness, paving the way for a greener and more harmonious Nepal.

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