Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)


ACAP began its conservation initiatives in 1986 as a pilot project in the village of Ghandruk. In the last 11 years ACAP has evolved from an experimental Integrated Conservation and Development Project (ICDP) model to become the largest protected area in Nepal. With an area of 7629 sq.km. and over 100,000 indigenous residents, ACA is managed by the KMTNC, a national NGO. The ultimate aim of the ACAP is to conserve the natural and cultural heritage of the area and improve the living standard of its habitants on a sustainable basis through their participation.

The major programmes of the ACAP are

1) natural resources conservation
2) alternative energy
3) tourism management
4) agroforestry (integrated agriculture) development
5) infrastructure development (trail, bridge, school, healthpost etc.) and
6) conservation education.

Community organisations are organised. The committee involves all in the project cycle i.e. from analysing the local problems, prioritising them, identifying the projects, preparing action plans, contributing in the implementation level, utilising them, reviewing and evaluating the projects for the future or in other sites within their command areas. ACAP supports the communities to undertake the projects they prioritise for financial and technical aspects. However their capacity is built for the long run sustainability of the projects side by side in the areas of financial management, technical continuity, institutional development etc.

Information Source

Prepared by ...
Gehendra Gurung
Programme Coordinator (northern sector), Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
P.O.Box 183, Pokhara, Kaski, NEPAL
Telephone 977- 61- 21102/28202
Facsimile 977- 61- 28203
E-Mail [email protected]