Sarus Crane Conservation Week celebrated in Lumbini
The goal of this event was mainly to bring about awareness on the various threats to Sarus Crane populations in the nearby wetland and farm areas and disseminate important facts and information about Sarus Crane to the local community. Students from the age group of 12-18 years were involved in this campaign.
A special ceremony was organized to mark the close of the Sarus Crane Conservation Week on June 18, 2013. WWF Nepal’s Young Conservation Ambassador, Ms. Ishani Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2013) was the chief guest and Dr. Ghana S Gurung, WWF Nepal’s Conservation Program Director, and Sharmila Manandhar, the recipient of the Sarus Crane research grant of WWF Nepal, were the guests during the ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ms. Shrestha appealed to the students and said, “As youth there is so much potential and enthusiasm so let’s channelize that energy towards conservation work”. Dr. Gurung thanked the effort and participation of the students and partners involved for making the campaign a success. He also expressed WWF Nepal’s commitment to conserve Sarus Crane and lauded the support from Lumbini Development Trust and local communities to carry out the week long campaign to bring about awareness to conserve Sarus Cranes. Ms. Manandhar too spoke about the importance of conserving Sarus Crane habitats in the area. Members of Lumbini Development Trust, Eco Club representatives from various schools and members of the District Forest Office were also present in the ceremony. Representatives from each of these institutions also spoke on the importance of saving and increasing the Sarus Crane population in the area.
Students who excelled in the various competition categories organized during the Sarus Crane Conservation Week were awarded with certificates and educational materials during the closing ceremony.