High mountains tend to create vast rivers and wetlands downstream. In the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region those features are extreme. These wetlands are of massive extent and offer unique habitats for species; birds are flagships of those situations. For instance, the Koshi river makes the largest floodplains of all the rivers in Nepal, has the highest silt load and also considered as the most dynamic river not only in Nepal but the entire south Asia. This unique wetland is fed by rivers that originate in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China as well as Nepal. The Arun, Tamor and Bhote Koshi are three major tributaries of Koshi that originate in Tibet. Based on local communities and local knowledge, here a citizen science experience is shown for the HKH region how such works can be used effectively for conservation, habitats and people alike. It’s the longest running citizen science programme in the region, and we have been maintaining a large set of data for specific locality for the last 30 years. While some species fare pretty well, others are on the decline (e.g. Baer’s Pochard Aythya baeri, Black-bellied Tern Sterna acuticauda, Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia, Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata, Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) and with watersheds and water tables on the generic decay, even in protected areas. Those decays are crucial problems for down river regions and their people waiting for better management.
|Title of host publication||Hindu Kush-Himalaya watersheds downhill|
|Subtitle of host publication||Landscape ecology and conservation perspectives|
|Editors||Ganga Ram Regmi, Falk Huettmann|
|Place of Publication||Cham, Switzerland|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jan 2020|