Project title: Preparation of National Vulture Conservation Strategy
Location: Nagarparkar, Tharparkar, Sindh province of Pakistan
Duration: 2015 - 2016
Project background: Vultures provide prime ecosystem services as top cleaners in cities, villages and the countryside. In the 1990s, it was noticed that vultures were disappearing and that carrion was not being fed on by the scavengers. It has also been observed that vultures are one of the fastest declining bird species in the world. In the absence of vultures there has been a significant rise in diseases such as brucellosis, tuberculosis, rabies and anthrax diseases in Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. In 2012, IUCN formed an Asia Regional Steering Committee, followed by a National Vulture Recovery Committee in coordination with the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, to improve national level coordination for the conservation of vultures.
The project is currently underway in Nagarparkar, Tharparkar the south-eastern district of Sindh province of Pakistan; Nagarparkar is part of Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary in Tharparkar district. The project, implemented jointly by Baanhn Beli and IUCN with support from the Ministry of Climate Change and Sindh Wildlife Department, focuses on developing a national vulture conservation strategy, based on a baseline study which will be conducted as part of the project. The project will also focus on raising awareness and capacity of local communities and other stakeholders in vulture conservation and about the ecological and socio-economic importance of the species.
Objectives of the project:
- Provide policy level support and contribute to national efforts in developing a strategy that shall provide basis and overall guidance for the conservation, protection and restoration of vultures in Pakistan
- Establish a baseline on vultures
- Preparation of National Vulture Conservation Strategy
- Documentary on vultures
- Mobilise communities towards vulture conservation through establishing Vulture Friendly Groups
- Create awareness and build capacities of local communities and other stakeholders
- Develop Information, Education and Outreach material (IEC)
- Organise a regional symposium on vulture conservation
Donor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program
Renewed Hope for Vultures of Pakistan