KATHMANDU, April 19: Stakeholders have stressed the need for checking human atrocity towards wildlife inside and outside the areas surrounding national parks, conservation areas and reserves.
This was highlighted at an interaction related to wildlife conservation organised today here as part of the 22nd Wildlife Week that started from April 14 with the slogan 'Youth Initiatives: Ensuring Conservation and Prosperity'.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ghana Shyam Gurung, Nepal's senior programme director of the World Wildlife Fund underscored the need for conserving wildlife which he said are the main basis for Nepal's tourism.
Likewise, professor at Tribhuvan University Karun Shakya emphasised the importance of conserving wildlife considered to be playing important role in attracting tourists and contributing to education and related-field research.
In response, Man Bahadur Khadka, Director General of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation said the number of wildlife had increased in national parks, wildlife conservation areas and reserves lately. "Government employees under the Ministry of Forest, Nepal Army and various organisations have contributed a lot to that end."
He also said the next programme would prioritise plans to control increasing conflict between humans and wildlife inside and outside the areas surrounding national parks, wildlife conservation areas and reserves.
As part of the Week that will conclude tomorrow (April 20), various programmes had been held ranging from bird watching, painting and poetry recitation competition, wildlife-related documentary show and table-discussion on wildlife conservation issues. RSS