The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal formally welcomed Miss Nepal 2012, Shristi Shrestha as the seventh Young Conservation Ambassador amid a function organised in its premises in Baluwatar on Monday. Before the newly crowned Miss Nepal was formally welcomed, she was given a presentation about the different priority areas and buffer zones that WWF Nepal works for, including nature conservation, sustainable development and environmental harmony.
Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal, formally welcomed Shristi Shrestha as the organisation’s seventh Young Conservation Ambassador for 2012. He also thanked the former ambassador, Malina Joshi for her dedication and effort.
“Being a Young Conservation Ambassador is not a glamorous job,” said Manandhar. “It demands that the ambassador be responsible and contribute to make our younger generation even more responsible.”
WWF Nepal started the Young Conservation Ambassador programme from 2004 and since then, has appointed beauty pageant winners Payal Shakya, Sugarika KC, Sitashma Chand, Zenisha Moktan, Sadichha Shrestha and Malina Joshi to disseminate and promote its conservation efforts.
“I believe Shristi will continue the legacy by getting involved in our upcoming activities and projects. She will be involved in snow leopard conservation and our Green Lumbini Initiative” added Manandhar.
Shrestha thanked WWF for providing her with a platform to work for a noble cause and expressed commitment to her responsibilities as ambassador. “I have always wanted to get involved in the social sector and be the voice of the voiceless. I feel privileged to be involved with WWF because of its holistic approach to nature conservation. I look forward to supporting the conservation efforts of WWF, visit rural parts of the country and spread the message of conservation and sustainable development.”
In her message to the younger generation, Shrestha said, “The young population of Kathmandu should look beyond trendy places of the city, explore nature and travel in rural parts of Nepal. It’s good for our country’s internal tourism and will also get you to learn new things.”
During the responsibility handover session, Miss Nepal 2011 Joshi said she had a whole year of learning experiences as an ambassador of WWF. “The entire year was full of new experiences and lessons. I had opportunities to visit various places and meet with many wonderful people working for a worthy cause,” said Joshi.
WWF said it has been utilising the brains and beauty of the Miss Nepals to raise awareness among people about wildlife conservation.
Posted on: 2012-07-10 08:20