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Useful book on Nepal’s biodiversity

Keshav Bhattarai

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It indeed requires unique talent and dedication to write a book. Despite the requirement of long dedication and challenges, the book under review suggests that age is not a barrier to academic contributions. Author Bishwa Nath Upreti’s publication at his 70s is a vivid example of this. Upreti’s contribution not only encourages others to bring their professional work into academics with real world problem solving solutions but also challenges young scholars to bring such meritorious works into publication.

I have worked in the Nepal’s Forestry sector from 1983 to 1995. My experience has been that many of us spend most of our time working on the fields and gain a lot of experience. However, we hardly manage time to put our works in records to publish and help the future generation to be abreast with the past precedents that could be helpful to resolve some complicated issues. Author Upreti is exceptional in this regard. He has chronologically documented his real world experience to pass on to young generation. These incidents and precedents are helpful to resolve many complicated issues in wildlife conservation. He deserves special thanks for this endeavor.

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The author has taken enough caution to put each conservation incidence in a chronological order. He has illustrated many complicated social issues with simple examples and has justified how he was able to solve problems even without much outside assistances. This is an excellent book and a great gift to those who need references on Nepal’s conservation efforts in a chronological order.

Upreti also has provided detailed information on how and why various national parks, conservation areas, reserves and wetlands were established in Nepal and how they have contributed to the conservation of biodiversity to make Nepal a role model in biodiversity conservation.

Writing a book is a time-consuming and difficult task that requires a great deal of effort to gather a large amount of information and squeeze such huge information in a relatively small space. Upreti has done a fabulous job putting voluminous conservation information from historical perspectives in a compressed form. Though this book does not address the modern economic theories (every work has been a business today), Upreti puts it in a simple language that is understandable by people of all levels. This book will be very useful to wildlife conservationists of all levels.

For example, Upreti has given one simple example of how rhinoceros conservation can be made sustainable and how rhino conservation will not only help in bridging diplomatic relationships with other countries but also in benefitting economically. Also, Upreti has nicely illustrated with examples how challenging the task of wildlife conservation is, especially, the endangered species such as Kasturi Mirga (Musk deer—Moschussps), the only extant genus of the family Moschidae). These examples can be tied with park-people conflicts, economic opportunities, game theories, job creations, and poverty alleviation in the present context.

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This book is a good reference for those interested in wildlife conservation and need historical facts on Nepal. I enjoyed reading this book. I want to thank Author Upreti for providing me a personalized copy and a copy for the University of Central Missouri for references.

Book details:

Early Days of Conservation in Nepal, 2017 (pp. 390, 24 photo plates)

Author: Biswa Nath Upreti

Contains 36 Sections/Chapters.

Price: Rs. 500 ($5.00) for person and Rs. 750 ($7.50) for institution

ISBN 978-9937-0-3234-6

Note: Of these 36 Sections/Chapters, 1-29 (1-352 pages) are in English and seven Sections/Chapters (30-36) (353-390 pages) are in Nepali. Photo plates are not paginated. Nepal Biodiversity Research Society, Lalitpur, Nepal, published this book in 2017. Dr. Mukesh K. Chalise, President Nepal Biodiversity Research Society, NEBROS, Lalitpur, 2003 has written a foreword, and it is followed by the author’s preface. 

Published on 1 May 2018

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