Partners' Stories

Amphibian diversity in Himalayas

Amphibians (Amphi- meaning "on both sides" and -bios meaning "life") include frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians. These are cold-blooded animals that begin as the water-breathing juveniles and metamorphose into the air-breathing adults.  Amphibians are good indicators of ecological change being very sensitive to even the slightest change in their habitat conditions. In the recent decades there has been a dramatic decline in amphibian populations around the globe. Many species are now threatened or extinct.
 
A short summary of the research on Amphibian diversity in the Himalayas carried out by the Chengdu Institute of Biology, China is presented here. The report is based on the presentation, “Amphibian diversity in Himalayas and adaptation to the environments”, given by Dr. Jiang Jianping, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, during the Inception workshop on “Koshi River basin Transboundary Project” held in Kathmandu, Nepal during 22-23 April, 2010.

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The Phusre Pokhari  restoration story

The restoration story of Phusre Pokhari is one gesture of awareness, one act of conservation at local level. For the villagers of Maimajhuwa it is the first step in a process and a significant contribution towards 'thinking globally and acting locally'. The lessons learned by the villagers embody the IYB theme 'Biodiversity is Life. Biodiversity is our Life' and are an example to us all...

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