Nepal and India to run joint operation to check wildlife poaching

- BHAWANI BHATTA, KANCHANPUR

May 22, 2018-

Nepal and India are planning to conduct a joint operation to control wildlife poaching and trafficking of animal parts in Shuklaphanta National Park in Kanchanpur district on Nepal’s side and Krishnapur Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh state of India.

Since the two reserves are contiguous to each other, the two sides have decided to work together to conserve and protect the their wildlife.

 A decision to this end was reached at a joint security meeting held at Haldwani in Uttarakhand state of India last week, said Anil Prasain, the chief of National Trust for Nature Conservation, Kanchanpur office.

It was agreed in the meeting that the two sides shall conduct joint patrol at bordering forest areas, heighten surveillance at border crossings to check trafficking of animal parts and build a network to share information between the two sides, Prasain said.

Representatives of buffer zone management committees, officials of the NTNC, conservation officers, forest officials from Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur districts had attended the meeting from Nepal’s side. The Indian side was represented by the forest officials from Kumaon and Garhwal, national park representatives and officers from the Indian Shasastra Seema Bal.

Gopal Ghimire, the officiating conservation officer of Shuklaphanta National Park, said the two sides had agreed to curb wildlife poaching by employing a rigorous monitoring process.

The two sides also agreed to manage the wildlife corridors at Brahmadev and Laljhadi to ease the movement of animals, particularly elephants, said Ghimire.

Published: 22-05-2018 07:08

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