Print Edition - 2014-10-29  |  Nation

Kailash Mansarobar conservation drive begins

- KHAGENDRA AWASTHI, Baitadi

Oct 28, 2014-Nepal, India and China have jointly launched a campaign named Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative to conserve the Kailash Mansarobar area. The initiative—which aims to achieve long-term conservation of ecosystems, habitats and biodiversity while encouraging sustainable development, enhancing the resilience of communities in the landscape and safeguarding cultural linkage between local people—has been launched in Baitadi, Bajhang, Darchula and Humla districts in Nepal. Seventy two percent of a total of 31,000 square kilometre area occupied by the KMA is inside Nepal.

The programme focuses on minimising climate change risk that has increased in hilly areas lately, officials at the Baitadi District Forest Office said.

As part of a pilot study of the programme, a feasibility study was carried out earlier in Gwallek Forest Area in Baitadi to make the area as conserved religious forest area, Forest Officer Kedar Baral said.

Published: 29-10-2014 08:47

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