The Royal-Bardia National Park in Nepal is poised to prove to the world that biodiversity is best protected when the people are made responsible for it. The country representative of the World Wide Fund for Nature, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, recently signed an agreement with the director general, General International Cooperation, ministry of foreign affairs, the Netherlands, to launch a us $1.7 million project in and around the Park that will strive to develop community-based natural resource management programmes. The five year project would also support applied research and monitoring of ecology and wildlife.