World Wetlands Day in Nepal


Bird Conservation Nepal

World Wetlands Day 2007

On the occasion of World Wetlands Day February 2, 2007, Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) along with other government and non-governmental partners like Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), IUCN Nepal, WWF Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), ICIMOD, WCN organised an Inaugural Ceremony followed by workshop on "Fish for Tomorrow" at Nepal Tourism Board, Bhirkutimandap, Kathmandu.

During the inaugural ceremony various speakers like secretary of MoFSC, Director General of DNPWC and representatives of leading conservation organisations highlighted on the importance of wetlands for the livelihood and ecological benefit for the local communities.

The workshop aimed to plant the seed for action by identifying key issues and challenges with the objective of recommending solutions required to solve local level issues. eg policy change The issues and recommendations were presented to the audience through exhibition and paper presentations. The paper presentations included results of field level interactions from important wetlands (both Ramsar and non Ramsar sites) Taudaha, Nagdaha, the Bagmati River near Kupondole and Ghodaghodi were presented by local level representatives at the workshop.

Almost 200 participants representing government and non governmental agencies related to wetlands, environment, fisheries, agriculture, wildlife, tourism and water resources took part in the programme.

Various organisations had also placed exhibits at the same venue to share innovations, technologies related to the theme, site specific community vision, any plans and programmes being considered for that area and also to promote ideas, achievements, success stories that can be replicated.

On the occasion of World Wetland Day, 3rd Taudaha Jamboree 2007 was held on 3rd Feb 2007 at Taudaha lake, in which more than 1000 people visited. The main organizations involved were BCN and WCN supported by local club Taudaha Youth Committee and Nag Raja Rani Karkotak Samuha.

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