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The main threats to Nepal’s biodiversity

The main threats to Nepal’s biodiversity are (Nepal Biodiversity Strategy, 2002):

• Encroachment/fragmentation and degradation of habitat
• Poaching and illegal trade of key wild animals and plants
• Unsustainable use of natural resources
• Spread of invasive alien plant species
• Human-wildlife conflict
• Climate change (direct impacts)
• Overgrazing by livestock
• Fire, flood, and landslide
• Pollution of aquatic environments and changes in river flows
• Large infrastructure development

While the above mentioned are direct threats, there are the number of indirect drivers and root causes that interact in complex ways to cause human-induced changes in biodiversity. Indirect drivers including inequitable access to forest benefits, lack of economic alternatives, population growth, and cultural and religious factors that influence local communities’ behavior in ways that impact biodiversity. And climate change is having increasing impacts on people and nature, in some cases exacerbating indirect drivers of biodiversity loss.

-WWF Nepal

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Author:

Chakrapani Bhandari (Chakra Jwala), Freelance Writer and a Scientific Blogger. B.Sc. Microbiology, Amrit Science College, Tribhuvan University Kathmandu Nepal. Email: chakra.jwala@gmail.com Website: www.chakrapanibhandari.com.np

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