World Wetlands Day 2008 -- Nepal


Marked World Wetland Day

To mark the World Wetland Day 2008, Western Terai Landscape Complex Project (WTLCP) - Dhangadi Office organized an interaction program in Kanchnapur, Nepal on February 2, 2008. The interaction meeting was participated by some 30 people representing Eco-club members, political party representatives, journalists, civil society representatives and WTLCP staff members.

During the meeting, WTLCP Field Manager Mr. Ek Raj Sigdel made a PowerPoint presentation on the status of wetlands in Nepal, conservation efforts from policy to institutional levels, and objectives of the World Wetland Day 2008. He focused his presentation on the importance of wetland in human health, which was the slogan of the World Wetland Day 2008. LIBIRD Program Officer Mr. Pitambar Shrestha presented the LIBIRD's experiences of working with community-based wetland management in Rupa Lake of Kaski District, Nepal. During the gathering a documentary show on importance of conserving wetland was also organized. Similarly, Mr. Dharma Kunwar and Mr. Keshav Chand highlighted on the wetland management experiences of Betkot and Jhilmila lakes respectively. Both of these wetlands are located in Kanchanpur and are importance for pilgrimage and eco-tourism. The meeting was chaired Ms. Meena Panta, a Social Worker in Kanchanpur District.

As a chief guest Mr. Damodar Prasad Bhatta, Local Development Officer, Kanchapur, opined on the need of more publications on the importance of wetlands in the form of booklets so that school children could have better opportunity to learn

WTLCP is the joint undertaking of the Government of Nepal, GEF, UNDEP, SNV-Nepal, LIBIRD, NARC and Bioversity International. It aims at conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity resources of the Western Terai region of Nepal.

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