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 Natural Disasters
2005 Earthquake
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Effect on Endangered Wildlife
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Effect on Endangered Wildlife
What has been the positive impact on
the wildlife populations of the area?
  1. ECHO￿s director￿s anti-poaching/hunting work from 1993 to 2000, with the Himalayan Brown Bear Project in the Deosai National Park, boosted the population levels of wildlife species of the area. Hunting was banned not only in Deosai, but also in Dass Bala, Yagum and the 16 other ECHO designated villages surrounding the National Park.
  2. Since 2002 when the men of Dass Bala and Yagum signed contracts promising not to kill endangered species or carry firearms while on firewood collecting or grazing excursions, the number of wildlife have increased. Villagers have reported increased sightings of grey wolves, snow leopards, and ibex. Vultures that had virtually disappeared from the area have returned.
  3. Both projects have resulted in a significant increase in the health of the wildlife populations of the area.