Local youths unite to curb wildlife crimes
At the event, the chief guest of the program Dr. Krishna Chandra Paudel, Secretary of Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, felicitated WWF Nepal for continuously supporting the Government of Nepal’s Terai Arc Landscape program particularly with regard to biodiversity conservation in Bardia National Park.
Similarly, other key personalities from various walks of life, including Mr. Shiv Raj Bhatta, Deputy Director of Terai Arc Landscape Program-WWF Nepal and Dr. Shant Raj Jnawali, Coordinator of Biodiversity for Hariyo Ban Program-WWF Nepal were felicitated for their contribution in biodiversity conservation in Bardia National Park.
Speaking at the program, Dr. Ghana S Gurung, Conservation Program Director of WWF Nepal said, "Conservation and addressing the threats towards the same requires strong ownership and leadership starting with the grassroots level. WWF Nepal is proud to have joined hands with the local communities and youth in helping protect the natural heritage of Nepal.”
Special guests at the event, Mr. Rajesh Hamal, Nepal’s leading cinema artist and WWF’s Goodwill Ambassador, and Ms. Shristi Shrestha, Miss Nepal 2012 and WWF’s Young Conservation Ambassador, expressed their individual support to end wildlife crimes and called upon individuals and organizations alike to take proactive steps to curb this biggest threat to wildlife.