November 12, 2019 02:22 PM NPT
CHITWAN, Nov 12: The ninth World Ranger Congress began at Sauraha from today.
International Ranger Federation (IRF) and Ministry of Forest and Environment have jointly organized the congress in Nepal, the first time in Asia.
The first World Ranger Congress was initiated in 1995 and it is organised in every three years. The eighth congress was held in America in 2016. The government has formed a committee under the coordination of Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Forest, Dr Maheshwor Dhakal, to organize the congress. Dhakal said that 550 representatives from 72 countries including Nepal have been participating in the five-day congress.
A program has been scheduled where Nepal would present achievements on different issues including management of buffer zone, reducing human-wildlife conflict, zero poachings and partnership of local community in eco-tourism in the congress, he said. Similarly, experts of different countries participating in the congress would share successful stories of their respective countries on the issues of wildlife conservation and reducing human-wildlife conflict.
Former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' inaugurated the congress. It has been expected that the congress taking place in Chitwan on the eve of Visit Nepal Year 2020 would help promote tourism of Chitwan and Nepal.