Helicopter Tragedy, Nepal 2006: Book of Condolences: Messages so far

"It was a great shock to hear that there were no survivors from the helicopter crash in Kanchenjunga. My deepest condolences to their families, colleagues and friends. It is very hard and difficult to believe that the colleagues and friends with whom I very recently worked in Nepal are not any more among us. Their deaths are also a huge loss to conservation in Nepal - their great spirit, dedication and achievements are always remembered."
Jaana Vormisto, Finland

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"I knew Jenn when she worked in the UK. She was brilliant! She will be missed by all those who ever spent any time with her."
Lizzy

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The councillors, staff and volunteers of the Australian Conservation Foundation have been deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of life of our WWF and other colleagues in Nepal. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to WWF, and to the family and friends of those who lost their lives trying to make the world a better place. Our thoughts are also with the Nepalese conservation community which has suffered greatly in this tragedy. The earth will hold their memory and future generations will cherish their remarkable legacy.

Don Henry, Executive Director, Australian Conservation Foundation

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"My deep felt compassion and condolences go to the loved ones of these committed conservationists. I wish you all the strength you need to live with this terrible loss. To my former colleagues,collaborators, and present staff at DNPWC, Forest Department and WWF: my thoughts are with you too."
Egbert Pelinck, The Netherlands

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"We are very sorry and sad because of the tragic loss of wonderful friends, colleagues and conservationists. Our thoughts are with their families, the Nepali people and WWF."
Petra Deimer & Hans-Juergen Schuette, Society for the Conservation of Marine Mammals (GSM), Germany

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"Adieu, old friend Mingma. Your heart always belonged in the mountains of the Himalaya, and now you have become one with them. Our deepest tributes to all those lost in this tragedy, and we pray that God Almighty will provide succour to their families and strength to all those left behind to face the loss and carry on the work their loved ones have left behind. I had the pleasure of working with Mingma in conservation education missions to both Nepal and Bhutan, and his immense dedication to nature conservation will always inspire me and many others who have known him."
Sharad Gaur, formerly with WWF-India

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"Please add my name to those sending all possible sympathy to the families and friends of all those who died. Those of us who have had the immense priviledge of travelling in remote places working for conservation feel this huge loss especially keenly."
Cassandra Phillips, WWF staff member 1979-2003 (UK)

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"We wish to express our deepest condolences to all familie of the victims, in particular to the family of Migma Sherpa."
Velda and Paolo Morisco Townsville (Kirwan) Australia

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"Our deepest condolences to colleagues at WWF, families & friends of this tragic accident, we all pray for their soul rest in peace."
Hotel Tibet Family, Lazimpat, Ktm, Nepal

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"We offer our heartfelt condolences to all the grieving families of the victims. The loss to WWF is incomprehensible, and Nepal has lost a generation of excellent conservation administrator who kept things going through difficult times. I was in Kathmandu a few weeks ago and met with many of those who were on the flight."
Belinda Wright and the WPSI team, India

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"During tough times, such as the loss of dear colleagues, the staff of WWF Cape Verde Islands sends its condolences to the families. The work in Nepal will never be forgotten and will serve as an inspiration for us all within and outside WWF network."
The staff on WWF Cape Verde, Cape Verde Islands - West Africa

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"This is extremely sad and shocking news. Suddenly we now have a huge void in our conservation sector in Nepal as we have lost most eminent conservationists in the country. I am still trying to comprehend the whole incident as I personally know most of them. I met Dr. Tirtha Maskey, Mr. Narayn Poudyal, Dr. Chandra Gurung, and Dr. Damodar Parajuli recently in connection with a study on economics of rhino poaching in Nepal."

"My friend Dr. Bigyan Acharya was equally committed bright and young environmentalist in Nepal. I am also sad to hear untimely demise of our other colleagues from WWF UK, USA and Nepal as well as high ranking government officials, journalist, a diplomat and crew members. This loss is something which will be difficult to recover. Our support and thoughts will always be in taking their conservation work forward. Let’s prey together for the departed soul."
Dr. Bhim Adhikari, IUCN Pakistan

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"I am very very sorry to hear of the death of so many good people. I was privileged to work with several of them and I know this tragedy will leave a terrible gap in conservation in Nepal. My deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those we have lost."
Stephen Mills, UK

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I was very saddened to hear about the death of WWF staff in the helicopter crash. The world can't afford to lose anyone dedicated to preserving our environment and the wildlife with which we share this planet. Please accept my condolences at WWF. I promise to do even more to fight environmental destruction.

Mike Ashner, USA

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"We are deeply shocked by the death of people in a helicopter crash of 23 September, 2006 in Taplejung. It is an irreplaceable human loss, and a catastrophe to the conservation and development sectors in Nepal and abroad. The nation and the international community have lost renowned conservationists, development workers, minister, civil servants, journalists and flight crew of considerable experience. We pray to the Almighty so that the departed souls can rest in peace. Our prayers are also with their families in this difficult time."
ODA Coordinator Shashi Rijal and The Lutheran World Federation Nepal Family

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"My most profound condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of the dedicated conservationists, dignitaries, crew and others who lost their lives in the air tragedy. The tragic deaths of key conservation leaders are such a great loss to the conservation world and community. May they rest in peace, and their contribution to conservation be never forgotten."
Patricia Regis, Sabah, Malaysia

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"There are no words to express the pain and sorrow on the loss of our true heroes but they will always be remembered. My deepest condolences to WWF Nepal, families and friends of this incident."
Mangena nembang, View Asia Adventures, KTM, Nepal

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"I'm really shocked by the news of disparition of many experts of the conservation field in helicopter crash. This is a true loss for the country, for the world of conservation, for the entire world and for the humanity. The loss of the human life in an accident of this nature is always hard to accept. I hope that all the family members of the demise persons of this tragic crash will find enough courage to surpass the lost of their beloved. I offer my deepest condolences to all the familly."
Prabin B. Rana, Kathmandu, Nepal

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"The news of this horrible accident has been heard around the world. May we honor those who have now been elevated to glory as they have dedicated their lives to the renewal of our precious planet. Sincere condolences to all friends and family. From time to time, while looking at the moon, the clouds will come to give you peace. May you all eventually find peace of heart."
Wanda Hall, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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"I deeply mourn the sad demise of all the victims of this tragedy. My heart felt condolence goes to Phurba sherpa, her childrens and all the other family members of the victims. May God Bless the departed souls to rest in peace and bless their family members with the courage and strength to overcome this. Butter lamps shall be lighted in the monastery for the departed souls."
Phuntsho Wangdi, ex-WWF Bhutan

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"This is a tragic and sad loss for the conservation community. We would like to send our deepest sympathies to all the bereaved families. We have been working with Jennifer and her colleagues in their efforts in support of the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area Project and this has touched us deeply."
Robert Wild on behalf of staff of the Edinburgh Centre for Tropical Forests

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"Dear WWF Family, We, Friends of the Bagmati family, are shocked to hear the news of unfortunate demise of the heroes of Nature Conservation and dignitaries when the chopper crashed near Ghunsa of Taplejung. We would like to extend our sympathy to the bereaved family members in this time of lament. We wish eternal peace to the departed souls."
Rabin Bastola and Friends of the Bagmati Family Friends of the Bagmati, Nepal

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My condolence to all who have lost a friend, relative or partner in this tragic accident. It is so sad to realize in an already hard-hit country like Nepal some of the best people, that tried to take care of their heritage, culture, nature, have suddenly died. Hopefully this serves as another push to bring Nepali and the international community together and promote peace, development and conservation.

Leo Schmit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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"I am deeply saddened and express sincere condolences to the families and collegues of the people who died in the crash. May the communites who have now the responsibility of managing the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area carry the spirit of the people who died so soon after their joint celebration."
Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, Co-Chair IUCN Theme on Indigenous and Local Communites, Equity and Protected Areas (TILCEPA)

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"I join many others in expressing my heartful condolence to all of WWF staff on the accident that happened and took our dedicated conservation friends. May God receive them in his arms of heaven."
Widodo Ramono, TNC Indonesia Program

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"It is with great sorrow I am writing you this email. We prayed that some miracle happens and all on board return safely. Unfortunately, our prayer was not heard and now we know that the world has lost a group of world renowned conservationists. In fact, this void left in the conservation of Nepal is not possible to be filled easily. But the loss to you and your organization is beyond comparison. I can only pray that you and your colleagues have strength to stand strong during this very difficult moment. I would like to convey my condolence to the nearest and dearest of the passed ones, and particularly Dr. Gurung's family."
Arun B. Shrestha, formerly at Dept. of Hydrology and Meteorology, now at ICIMOD

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"We wish to express our deepest sorrow at the recent loss suffered by the WWF family. On behalf of everyone at WDCS I would like to pass on our condolences to the team and families concerned and to say that our thoughts are with you all at this time."
Chris Butler-Stroud, International Director Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

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"A very sad event indeed and sympathies to the families of the deceased."
Rahul Kaul, Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi

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"Dearest Jenn - I feel so priviledged to have had the chance to meet you, you're wonderful woman and I'm missing you so much already. Your smile, laughs and beautiful soul will always be in my heart. All my thoughts are with your family and friends all over the world. I love you."
Marie Morice, London


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"I wish to offer my deepest condolences to all of you at WWF Nepal and globally. I consider myself forever privileged that I knew Dr Chandra Gurung and enjoyed his warm hospitality in many occasions. I learned a lot from him and the WWF and government colleagues as I was able to work with them. May their souls rest in peace."
Kristiina Mikkola, Kangasala, Finland

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"I share with you the grief at this terrible loos. May their souls rest in eternal peace. Amen."
Lydia Nabossa, WWF-Lake Albert Initiative, Project Uganda

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Please know that my heart goes out to everyone and I send my sincerest condolences to all family members and friends of the deceased. They will be missed by all and I applaud their dedication to making our world a better place.

Karen Bellingar, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

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"As an ex-WWF staff member and having personally worked with Jill, I wish to express my sincere condolences to their families, loved ones, friends & colleagues on the sad and sudden loss of all those who perished in this tragic incident. A great loss, indeed."
Marge Gaudard, IUCN HQ, Switzerland

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"My deepest sympathy for the families and friends."
Peggy Schulte USA

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"Heartfelt sympathy for all the victims of this accident and their families. I am very hopeful that other committed people with take over the mission they were trying to accomplish for our global benefit. We stand by you."
Olivier Souccar, MALI


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"So sorry for the loss....I hope we can all keep up so their work survives the tragedy, and we do what they will want us to do."
Susana, Spain

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"To families, friends and communities of the beautiful area they were trying to protect - I hope their work continues with more determination and success than ever."
Emma, London, UK

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"My truly heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died and to their colleagues in the various WWF national offices."
Sidney J. Holt. I live in rural Italy and have long been associated with WWF International


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"My heart goes out to the families of those who were lost; they're gone, but never forgotten."
Beth Lefebvre, Toronto, ON

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"A tragic loss to all those who care about the earth. We must continue their work."
Anon., Switzerland

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