Mahseer Trust Education and Outreach Officer, Steve Lockett, will be touring Nepal in late March and early April, following an invitation by Nepal River Conservation Trust and USAID-backed Dai and their local PAANI programme to attend as keynote speaker on River Ecosystems and Biodiversity during the 3rd National River Summit.
Also on the agenda is a visit to Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation’s Central Zoo, with staff from Semantic Creations, to consider next steps for the recently launched interactive education displays, which were a result of consultation between Steve and Sajesh Khadgi of Semantic Creations. This meeting should form the basis for a series of museum, zoo and aquarium displays featuring mahseer as umbrella species and bio-indicators, and utilising historic specimens and literature.
Steve has also been asked to deliver presentations on future possibilities for mahseer and habitat research at Tribhuvan University on Tuesday 26th March, Institute of Forestry, Pokhara on Monday 1st April and Kathmandu Forestry College on Tuesday 2nd April.
During the visit, Steve will also be meeting with Professor Bibhuti Ranjan Jha, head of the the Environmental Science department at Kathmandu University, to discuss potential collaboration on future projects.
It is hoped that a project to investigate the little-known mahseer of the Arun and Tamor Rivers of the Koshi sub-basin can be initiated, with support from Professor Jha, post-graduate students and field researchers from Tribhuvan and Kathmandu Universities, along with experts from Mahseer Trust and existing partner organisations.
For more details on the 3rd National River Summit, including the agenda, CLICK HERE