Ganga Ram Regmi
Nepal Pallas’s Cat Project – Third Pole Conservancy
Identify the key threats and the ways to mitigate these threats to ensure the survival of the Pallas’s cat in Nepal.
In Phase-I of this project, I had approached the local herders, interviewed and assessed their perceptions about the status and threats of Pallas’s cat in Annapurna Conservation Area using the INTERVIEW QUESTIONNAIRES FOR HERDERS developed by PICA. In this Phase-II, I will approach the researchers, scientists, conservation biologists, park managers, policy makers, university students and professors, forest officials and other related stakeholders to interview them to assess their perceptions about the status and threats of Pallas’s cat using INTERVIEW QUESTIONNAIRES FOR RESEARCHERS developed by PICA.
Besides this, at least 4 small community workshops will be organized in the project sites. If budget allows, the interview survey with local herders in Shey-Phoksundo National Park will be carried out. Shey-Phoksundo National Park is the second protected area that holds Pallas’s cat in Nepal. This project will identify the key threats and the ways to mitigate these threats to ensure the survival of the cat in Nepal. The PICA education materials will be distributed to raise awareness among local communities, stakeholders, and tourists on this neglected and elusive small wild cat species. The outcomes of this project will be baseline information to mitigate Pallas’s cat threats in Nepal.