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Grant awarded for Nepal project
A rescued river dolphin
The Koshi Tappu reserve is an important area for river dolphins
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Gloucestershire has secured a grant of nearly 200,000 to fund a community wetland conservation project in Nepal.

Experts at the Slimbridge-based sanctuary will use the money to support a three-year project in Koshi Tappu.

The area is important for migratory birds, Asiatic water buffalo, Gangetic dolphins and Gharial crocodiles.

The project will help local communities obtain a sustainable livelihood without damaging their surrounding environment.


About 80,000 people live in the area and most are dependent on the nature reserve for their living.

Staff from Slimbridge will help train conservationists at the Koshi Tappu Nature Reserve to enable them to pass on best-practice wetland management advice to local people.

A small wetland centre will also be established by enhancing existing facilities, providing a focus for education and information exchange.

The 198,000 grant for the project comes from the government's UK Darwin initiative.

Subject to Foreign Office travel advice regarding the current political situation in Nepal, staff from WWT's habitats and ecosystems unit will travel to Koshi Tappu to start the project in October.

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