Conservationists: Check atrocities against wildlife

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Apr 20, 2017-

Stakeholders on Wednesday laid stress on the need for checking human atrocities against the wildlife in and outside the areas surrounding national parks, conservation areas and reserves. 

At an interaction on wildlife conservation organised in the Capital as part of the 22nd Wildlife Week, Ghana Shyam Gurung, senior programme director at the World Wildlife Fund, underscored the need to protect wildlife, saying they are the main basis of Nepal’s tourism.

The 22nd Wildlife Week started on April 14 with the theme “Youth Initiatives: Ensuring Conservation and Prosperity”.

Karun Shakya, a professor at Tribhuvan University, laid emphasis on the importance of conserving wildlife, saying they play an important role in attracting tourists and contribute to education and research.  

Nepal has made significant strides in its wildlife conservation efforts in recent years. However, the endangered species like rhino and tiger continue to face threats from poachers. 

Recently, poachers killed a rare one-horned rhino in the Chitwan National Park and made off with its horn.

Man Bahadur Khadka, director general of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, said that the number of wildlife has increased in national parks, conservation areas and reserves of late. “Government employees under the Ministry of Forest, the Nepal Army and various organisations have contributed a lot to that end,” he said. 

Khadka added that the next programme would prioritise plans to control increasing human- wildlife conflict in and outside the areas surrounding national parks, conservation areas and reserves. 

The 22nd Wildlife Week will conclude on Thursday. 

Published: 20-04-2017 07:59

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