KATHMANDU, July 6: Lawmakers have expressed concern, saying the environment and the ecosystem has gradually been threatened as the national and community forests are coming under increasing encroachment.
They drew the attention of the government towards controlling the rampant encroachment on forests in the name of landless squatters and homeless.
The lawmakers raised this concern while speaking in the meeting of the Legislature-Parliament today while participating in discussions on the appropriation bill, 2017 under various headings.
They stated that the national forest was slowly becoming denuded, desertification was increasing in the Tarai and Madhes due to the Chure destruction, the water sources were drying up and the glaciers were retreating fast due to the environmental degradation.
Kashinath Adhikari said that people's livelihood itself has been affected due to the growing environment and ecosystem degradation.
Amar Bahadur Thapa stressed on the need of conserving forests as it is the 'oxygen' of the environment.
Meena Pun, Nar Bahadur Thapa and Anuradha Thapa called on the government and the
stakeholders concerned to pay special attention for promoting systematic urbanization in the country. The Legislature-Parliament will meet tomorrow at 11 am. RSS