Govt serious on preserving lakes: Tourism Minister

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Mar 7, 2017-

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jeevan Bahadur Shahi has said the government is serious on preserving the lakes which are the centre of tourist attraction. 

Speaking at a programme titled ‘Protection of Lakes and Wetlands for Promotion of Sustainable Tourism’ organised on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the National Lakes Protection and Development Committee on Monday, Shahi said protection and promotion of lakes would help attract more tourists to Nepal. 

Minister Shahi also underlined the need of including the preservation of lakes and wetlands in the school curriculum. He urged people from all quarters to work together for the protection of the lakes. 

Member of the Nepal Tourism Board, board of directors, Krishna Kumar Aryal said the board would coordinate with the committee for the preservation and promotion of lakes for the development of the tourism sector. 

Committee Chairman Nati Kaji Thapa urged the government to declare 23rd of Nepali month of Fagun as a National Lakes Day to raise public awareness for the development, promotion and protection of lakes and wetland areas. 

There are 5,358 natural lakes in Nepal. Out of those lakes, 51 percent are located in the Tarai, eight percent in the Hills and the rest in the Mountains. Humla district has the largest number of lakes in the country, boasting 381 big and small lakes, according to the committee.

Published: 07-03-2017 07:57

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