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Currently, The World Bank is funding a mass irrigation and flood-prevention embankment project along the Karnali River. Unfortunately, it’s being delayed and could close off the trans-boundary corridor for the Ganges River Dolphin’s migration into Nepal from India during the Monsoon season. if not completed.

The finished development should result in the channelling of heavy monsoon-influenced waters southward towards the Mohana River along the Indian border, as well as proving a consistent river volume level sufficient for the Ganges River Dolphin Habitat.

While the project’s impact on the overall aquatic ecosystem is still unknown, it is essential that JGI-Nepal and all of the stakeholders involved work together to insure the initiative is completed prior to the monsoon season.

If the embankment construction is not finalized by the anticipated deadline (pre-monsoon), it will prove as a failure for Ganges River Dolphin Conservation and will be detrimental to all of the inhabitants alongside the basin as well as the overall aquatic ecosystem.

Please read the following article ( ) and follow us at to stay informed about the current threats posed to the Karnali Watershed and the Ganges River Dolphin.

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Large Lot of Birds Rescued from Wildlife/ Pet Trade in Kathmandu

For over a decade, JGI Nepal’s Roots and Shoots has been at the vanguard of monitoring and curbing the wildlife pet trade within the country. On Sunday, July 13, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), in coordination with JGI-Nepal successfully targeted multiple underground bird trading posts in Kathmandu, confiscating the largest lot of birds recorded in a single raid.

The illegal pet trade has grave consequences, as those responsible were taken into custody by the authorities. Sometimes linking to other criminal activities in the country, the CIB takes leads from JGI Nepal and Roots and Shoots Nepal to bring an end to the illegal and cruel commerce of Wildlife Pet Trading.

The species of birds confiscated were: Munia, Swinhow, Pheasant, Lovebirds, Parakeets, Talking Mynah, Bull Finches, Doves, Bantams, as well as a some small mammals such as Bunnies and Wooly Guinea Pigs.

The confiscated animals are being quarantined and housed at the Central Zoo, which carries the weighty responsibilities of managing a high volume of wildlife and finding sufficient space/ resources to sustain its resident animals. Thus, the abundance of birds recently obtained should play as a red flag to rehabilitators, conservationists, and advocates throughout the country, that Nepal is in dire need of a spacious bird rehabilitation center, on which the CIB and other stakeholders can rely.

JGI-Nepal requests that should you come across any pet trading vendors carrying caged wildlife in hand, report it immediately to 01-5522228 or by email to

Please note the following information:

  • Location of sighting
  • Species
  • Number of animals/ cages
  • Physical description of the vendor(s).

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