‘Efforts on to enlist Kaski lakes as Ramsar sites’

KASKI, FEB 03 - Secretary of then Forest Ministry Krishna Chandra Poudel said efforts are under way to enlist nine lakes in Kaski on the The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Poudel was in Pokhara to attend a tree-planting programme organised by Pokhara Sub-metropolitan City and WWF, Hariyo Ban and the Forest Ministry on the occasion of the 40th World Wetlands Day on Sunday. As part of the programme, tree saplings were planted along 3km of the Phewa banks from Barahi Chowk to Gaira Chautaro in Lakeside.

“We need to clean and conserve the source of Phewa Lake and the wetland in the area and stop encroachment,” he said. The Kaski Local Development Officer and the executive officer of Pokhara Sub-metropolis attended the programme.

On the occasion, Animal Rights Nepal organised a photo exhibition to raise awareness on nine lakes including Phewa and Kamalpokhari in Pokhara and Begnas, Rupa, Gude and Khaste in Lekhnath Municipality, as well as the bird species found in district

“The aim of the exhibition is to help conserve lakes,” said Krishnamani Baral of Animal Rights Nepal. Although various organisations are working to conserve lakes in the district, results are not satisfactory so far while the Pokhara Sub-metropolitan City Wetland Conservation Management Committee has been formed to enlist the lakes in Ramsar site.

Koshi Tappu, Bishajari Lake, Jagadhishpur, Ghodadi Lake, Gokyo Lake, Gosainkunda, Phoksundo Lake, Rara Lake and Maipokhari have been designated as Ramsar sites. Researchers estimate out of the 242 wetlands in Nepal, 50 are in the western region.

Posted on: 2014-02-03 08:58


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