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Forest Minister calls for launching of special efforts to control wildfire

Forest Minister calls for launching of special efforts to control wildfire

Lalitpur, June 5: Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Agni Prasad Sapkota has stressed that the government programmes and policies should include a special plan to control forest fire.

In his address to a programme organised to mark the World Environment Day ( WED) here today, the Minister said the responsibility of protecting nature and wildlife fell upon the shoulders of all. The proper management of the central zoo which is home to various species of wild life was the priority of the government, the Forest Minister added.

Also speaking on the occasion, central zoo manager Sarita Gyawali said Zoo’s annual event ‘Friends of Zoo’ is aimed at protecting environment. The programme was held under the theme of Let’s conserve our wild life, our environment with full dedication and efforts’

Prior to the programme, a rally including school teachers, students, government employees, representatives from various organisations and the public marched through various places of the Lalitpur Municipality. The appearance of elephants from the Zoo caught special public attention.

On the occasion, prizes were distributed to the students adjudged the best in various events held under the ‘Friends of Zoo’ programme.

Likewise, the Dumre Thumka Adarsha Women Community Forest Users’ Group was honoured with a cash prize of Rs 25,000 in recognition of its notable contribution to environment protection.

Similarly, a book entitled ‘Site Specific Conservation Action Plan for Blackbuck in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Nepal’ published by the Ministry of Forest was launched. It includes government plans from 2016 to 2020 AD to be implemented for the protection and conservation of environment and wildlife.The WED is observed every year on June 5 across the globe. RSS

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