NPC partners with IUCN to draft nature conservation strategy

Kathmandu

Jul 31, 2014-

The National Planning Commission (NPC), under the technical cooperation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is drafting a 20-year nature conservation strategy to address the new socio-economic and environmental challenges in the country.

The strategy which is expected to complete by 2014 is an updated version of the existing National Conservation Strategy (NCS) formulated in 1988, and would accommodate various new and emerging environmental and sustainable development issues like climate change and green economy.

Sharing the progress on the drafting process, Yam Malla, the country representative of IUCN Nepal, said on Thursday that seven committees have been formed so far to look after diverse and emerging environment related subjects, including agriculture, forests, biodiversity conservation, physical planning and development, climate change and disaster management, society and environment, and legal and policy provision.   

According to Malla, an updated and long-term conservation plan was a must to adopt nature conservation and development models, and programmes as per the changing scenario. Since the formulation of NCS in 1988, the country has gone through a significant transformation in terms of political scenario, conservation practice, and socio-economic development, said Malla. “We need a national-level policy to meet the challenges with the emerging environment and development issues,” he said.

Experts have stressed the need to make the strategy participatory and inclusive with involvement of local communities and people representing all geographic regions. On this regard, various consultative meetings and workshops, both at central and regional levels, have been organised in the country.

Published: 01-08-2014 09:33

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