Jagadamba Jim Edwards Conservation Education and Information Centre

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The Jagadamba Jim Edwards Conservation Education and Information Center is funded by Elephant Polo donations and contributions from staff, guests and friends through the ITNC. As the hub of conservation education in the region,the centre is the headquarters of the SENSE School for Environment Conservation Education Network Nepal. The network represents and supports over 900 Eco-Clubs throughout Nepal.

Assistance to Local Conservation

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Tiger Tops offers assistance to local conservation efforts by providing the salaries of Buffer Zone guards in Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. At these sites Tiger Tops works in close association with officials and provides vehicles, boats, elephants and manpower for patrols and wildlife monitoring.Tharu Lodge provides technical advice to the community-managed Buffer Zone, while guests at Karnali Lodge have donated a motorbike to the National Park.

In the community, lodge naturalists conduct wildlife workshops for students, butterfly workshops and monitoring, and youth training programmes. Additionally, bio-briquette training has been delivered to the Ajrar women’s group to help prevent deforestation and improve health. Every year Tiger Tops Lodges in Chitwan and Karnali also provide logistical support for the Asian Waterfowl Census January count.

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Bardia Green Project

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The Bardia Green Project is a collaborative environmental effort between Yeti Airlines, Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge andBrindapuri Community Forest. The aim is to establish sustainable tree plantations as a carbon philanthropy project.Yeti Airlines makes a donation of Rs. 20 for every passenger flying the Kathmandu-Nepalgunj route. Tiger Tops and other partners arrange community support, logistics and mobilisation for re-forestation and forest enhancement.

On 28th July 2012, 12 000 new
saplings of Teak, Indian Gooseberry, Cane/Ratan,Margosa Tree, Indian Black Berry, Chinese Berry, and Bambooat
were planted at Brindapuri Buffer Zone Community
Forest and Chitkaiya Community
Forest, ThakurdwaraBardia. 200 locals. The Bardia Green Project isthe first such an initiative taken by an airline in Nepal. Tiger Tops is proud to be facilitating such a valuable and successful program.

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Tiger Tops Long Term Tiger Monitoring Project

Tiger Tops Long Term Tiger Monitoring Project, launched in 1980, is funded by ITNC, and FFTN, theNepal Tiger Trust. Since 1995, two wildlife technicians have been camera trapping tigers. They have produced the most detailed data to date on tiger ecology, territorial dynamics, turnover, reproduction and tiger survival. Research is the key to sound management of protected areas. Research, coupled with other efforts, will help develop policy for management of areas not directly covered by government protection.

AntiPoaching

Tiger Tops Anti-Poaching Network

Tiger Tops Anti-Poaching efforts are possible through assistance from ITNC and Fund for the Tiger (FFTT), a charitable NGO established in the US by a Tiger Tops guest. FFTT has continued to raise substantial funding since 1996 to support the anti-poaching work of DNPWC and the Dept. Forests in Chitwan, Bardia and Suklaphanta areas. The Anti-poaching network is successful through the strong partnership between DNPWC, ITNC and Tiger Tops.

FFTT and Tiger Tops also support community based anti poaching activities. This grassroots programme provides monthly funding for 3 local youths in the Meghauly Buffer Zone to monitor tigers and illegal activity/poaching.

Responsible Tourism Verification

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Tiger Tops Karnali &Tharu are working with Responsible Tourism Reporting, a UK company pioneering the concept of responsible tourism (RT) reporting. This is an independent audit scheme to verify an organisation’s RT policies and actions. Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge supported the scheme from the start and is now producing its second RT Verification Report. It was the first lodge to initiate a RT audit, and the Jungle Lodge, Tharu and Karnali have followed suit. An Environmental Impact Assessment on Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, Chitwan has been carried out to illustrate its low impact and positive contributions.

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TTSA School Tree Nursery Project

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Tiger Tops Swiss Air School Tree Nursery Project, initiated by the ITNC, teaches children conservation and responsibility for their natural resources. Sales of tree seedlings to villagers provide alternative sources for fodder, fuel and building materials, thus taking pressure off of the environment. Seedlings from the nursery are being used for the two new ITNC-funded tree plantations.

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Jayatyu Vulture Restaurant

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Tharu Lodge is closely associated with Jayatyu Vulture Restaurant, a joint venture of Bird Conservation Nepal & ITNC. The aim is to acquaint guests with the alarming plight of the vulture and encourage support in preserving and regenerating the population. The vulture feeding centre provides multi-faceted benefits: rescue and care for old cattle, supplies non toxic food source to vultures and provides village income from home stays, guiding etc.