‘Turn foothills of Dhaulagiri into wildlife corridor’ corridor


Feb 25, 2015-

Local stakeholders in the district have demanded that the government declare forest areas in the foothills of Mount Dhaulagiri located between Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve (DHR) a conservation area and develop it as a wildlife corridor.

They argued it is essential to put an end to hunting and poaching of conserved species, including Himalayan bear, blue sheep, snow leopards in ACAP and the DHR and ensure their safe passage by developing the wildlife corridor.

Lawmaker Nawaraj Sharma said the wildlife corridor should be created by incorporating the highlands and national forest areas spread across Dhorpatan to the Kaligandaki river banks in ACAP.

He said the District Council has already proposed the Dhaulagiri Conservation Area Project and that he would initiate discussions on the matter with ACAP, the DHR, Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation and the District Development Committee. The District Council meeting last year approved the proposal of the new conservation area.

Highlighting the need of a wildlife corridor, ACAP chief Paras Bikram Shah said though hunting of some animals has been banned owing to their decreasing population, they are yet to take concrete steps to protect conserved species such as snow leopards in the area.

Though the government has created protected areas around peaks, including Sagarmatha, Kanchanjungha, Gaurishankar, Manaslu and Annapurna, it is yet to take such decision regarding Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest peak in the world.

Meanwhile, District Forest Officer Ramswartha Sah said they are in the process to

forward the proposal to develop the region into a protected area to the concerned department.

Published: 26-02-2015 06:14

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