I am from Nepal, a small and one of the least developed countries located in the heart of the Himalayas. The mountain ecosystem supports a magnificent array of plants and wildlife diversity that have been under peril with growing challenges of climate change, local people’s natural resource dependency, and myriad other threats. Given the challenges for natural resources management due to internal and external conditions, it is paramount to mitigate the impacts with sustainable strategies to maintain the optimal balance between people, natural resources conservation and livelihood issues.
For the past five years, I have observed the conservation sector of Nepal to be limited with respect to the lack of quality human resources. The scarcity of personnel that have cutting-edge scientific knowledge, and the lack of use of advanced research techniques and methodologies in research are major impediments for effective biodiversity conservation in the country. This has had a direct effect on conservation policy and implementation. In order to increase skilled human capacity and institutional development, it is critical for young scholars such as me to be well-trained and equipped with contemporary knowledge and produce research outputs that are scientific and applicable at the field level.
Being the student of conservation science and having ample experience in the field of Conservation GIS, I envision the need of paradigm shift in conservation research through the apropos use of GIS and remote sensing. Though there are many people working in the field of conservation, still there is the trend of applying traditional methods, and only few have adequate knowledge in the sector of GIS and remote sensing for conservation research. Recent studies have shown that application of GIS and remote sensing can make conservation studies, in the mountainous countries like Nepal, more effective.
It has been more than five years; I have been closely working with GIS in conservation research, and have found the need of maximizing its use for training young scholars for building next generation conservation leaders. Without adequate knowledge on the GIS science, it is very difficult for conservationists to deal with the newer challenges of conservation including climate change.
In this regard, it is very much important for me to take advanced level GIS training, so as to capacitate myself for better conservation research in Nepal. As I represent both sectors, I feel I am the appropriate person to take this training. But attending this training is contingent upon getting grant, as I cannot afford to pay such high amount. Thus getting grant and the training opportunity will be a life time opportunity, which will allow me to have critical thinking on new research ideas for better conservation in Nepal. Error processing SSI file