Friday, 22 June 2018

Biodiversity and ecosystems provide many critical life support functions and benefits for human wellbeing, security and economic growth, including food, clean water, recreational services and climate regulation. Despite its significant values, biodiversity worldwide is being lost, in some areas at a rapid rate. Given these losses, there is an urgent need for firstly, greater application of policies and incentives to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and secondly, a more efficient use of available finance in existing biodiversity programmes. PES is a flexible, incentive-based mechanism that has potential to deliver in both of these areas. This Thematic Issue of Science for Environment Policy explores research which can help guide effective PES schemes. Under PES agreements, a user or beneficiary of an ecosystem service provides payments to individuals or communities whose management decisions and practices influence the provision of ecosystem services.

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Frogs richness and diversity in the rice fields

Nepal harbours high frog diversity which is found both on forest and agricultural landscape. Rice fields of Nepal are one of the important habitats for frogs. They are key bio-indicators of environment and play a significant role in ecosystem functioning.  However, increasing land use change, habitat fragmentation and extensive use of pesticides are posing serious threats to the survival of...

Frog consumption trend in Manaslu Conservation Area

Frogs are declining globally and anthropogenic disturbances are a major factor in local and global amphibian declines. There are eight Paa species of frog recorded in Nepal and are the most exploited frog species for food, medicinal and cultural purposes in the mountainous parts of Nepal. Among them, Paa liebigii and Paa blanfordii breed in the high altitude streams with...

Conservation of Himalayan Musk Deer

The Himalayan musk deer (Moschus chrysogaster) is endangered species found in the sub-alpine and alpine region of Nepal. Poaching and natural predation along with human induced habitat alteration are the main reasons for declining musk deer population. Though, it is listed as the protected species of Nepal, its population is still in critical stage. In order to conserve musk deer...

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