Authorities to expand Parsa, Koshi Tappu reserves

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 17, 2015-The authorities concerned are planning to expand the existing boundaries of the Parsa Wildlife Reserve (PWR) and the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (KTWR) with a view to create better habitats for endangered wildlife species.

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation is conducting feasibility studies on proposal. The proposed expansion of the PWR from the existing 499 square kilometres to 799 square kilometres has already been discussed whereas the KTWR officials have also requested the authorities concerned to expand the reserve to keep the fragmented wildlife habitats intact.

The PWR area, if expanded, will incorporate Wards Number of 8 and 9 in Amlekhgunj and Ratanpur VDCs, excluding human settlements, in Bara. The PWR was established in 1984 and is spread across Parsa, Bara and Makwanpur. Similarly, the KTWR, established in 1975, is spread across 175 square kilometres and covers parts of Sunsari, Saptari and Udaypur. Maheshwar Dhakal, spokesperson at the Department, said the fragmentation of habitats has made movement of wildlife difficult and raised concerns over increasing human-wildlife conflicts.

 

Published: 18-03-2015 08:32

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