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“Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.”

― Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe.

Paralleling much of the world, Nepal’s species richness is in a fragile state. Hence, JGI-Nepal is enthused and inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to better research and understand at-risk species and how to best remediate the threats to their habitat and the country’s natural resources.

At present, JGI Nepal is conducting research on:

Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica)

Once flourishing in the Southern rivers of Nepal, the GRD adapted to fresh water aquatic ecosystems over millions of years. Now, the basins they inhabit are altering daily due to anthropogenic threats, thus diminishing the species abundance at astonishing rates.

Since 2006, JGI-Nepal (formally R&S) has observed and addressed the following concomitant threats: the use of the neurotoxic pesticide Endosulphan, poison-fishing, commercial fishing, sedimentation, non-point and point source pollutants within the watershed, as well as, noise-contamination.

While there are minimal conservation efforts in the region to protect the highly threatened species, JGI-Nepal is successfully assessing the watershed the GRD inhabit while simultaneously mitigating the known threats such as chemical pesticides and commercial fishing through political action and field intervention.

With the GRD Research Conservation Project presently in fruition, JGI-Nepal will provide the public with updates regarding the status of the species in Nepali waters and how to best mitigate the threats to their watersheds through public involvement and advocacy.

To much of JGI-Nepal’s credit, two of the major hazards posed to the species and its watersheds: Pesticide use (Endosulphan) and Commercial Fishing will be put to a complete halt by mid-2014. Through more research, advocacy, and public awareness, JGI-Nepal plans to curtail all of the risks to the species and basin. The need is more apparent than ever, as the fresh water mammal’s abundance is the lowest recorded in history.

To donate to our Ganges River Dolphin Conservation Project and for more information regarding this project please contact rajesh@jginepal.org.

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