The project seeks to achieve the following objective: to promote integrated landscape management to conserve globally significant forests and wildlife.
Over the five-years project period, the project objective will be achieved through the implementation of four interconnected components:
National capacity and enabling environment for cross-sectoral coordination to promote forest and landscape conservation: a national-level component to develop institutional and coordination capacity at all levels, to benefit planning and conservation of the overall Terai Arc Landscape (TAL).
Integrated Planning for Protected Area Buffer Zones and Critical Corridors in the Terai Arc Landscape -support for improved planning for all seven corridors of the TAL and assessments to determine priority sites for intervention within a targeted sub-set of the landscape, the Banke-Bardia complex, including Kamdi and Karnali corridors.
Forest and human-wildlife conflict management for improved conservation of targeted protected area buffer zones and corridors in the Terai Arc Landscape – training and on ground implementation of sustainable forest and wildlife management activities in the targeted Banke-Bardia complex, support for community based natural resource management, mitigation of human wildlife conflict, and reducing the impacts of linear infrastructure on wildlife.
Knowledge Management and Monitoring and Evaluation - to bring practitioners together from across the landscape, help develop a coherent vision of integrated landscape management, share resources and lessons learned across all levels of intervention and prepare the way for replication and upscaling of project results.
The project will work toward the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting inclusive, coordinated land management, good governance, and economic development to address the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. It will primarily target terrestrial biodiversity conservation (Goal 15 – Life on Land), but also contribute towards other Goals, including: 1 (No Poverty), 5 (Gender Equality), 13 (Climate Action), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). Goal 15 – Life on Land will play an integral role in achieving all the others – and vice versa.