Hon'ble Dr. Krishna Prasad Oli, Member of National Planning Commission, has been nominated as the NTNC Chairperson, effective from May 04. The appointment was made by the Rt. Hon'ble K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal, who is also NTNC's Patron, as per provisions of the National Trust for Nature Conservation Act 1982, clause 5 (a).
A formal welcome event was organized for the incoming Chairman today at the NTNC Central Office in Khumaltar. During the event, NTNC Member Secretary Sharad Chandra Adhikary briefed about NTNC's overall institutional outlook, focusing on the ongoing efforts to manage the impact of COVID-19 on protected area management, including the management of the Central Zoo, continued efforts in species conservation and research, building resilient livelihoods and coping with tourism shrinkage. Another presentation focusing on NTNC's programme-level interventions and accomplishments, pipeline projects, future targets and challenges was shared by NTNC's Executive Director Dr. Siddhartha Bajra Bajracharya.
The discussions prominently featured initiatives being made to better cope and manage the impacts of COVID-19 on NTNC's existing resources and revenue streams, immediate regulation challenges in the Annapurna and Manaslu conservation areas, increasing incidents of human-wildlife conflict, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, and opportunities to do more in the areas of wildlife sciences, climate change, nature-based tourism, and green innovation.
Sharing his insights, Hon. Dr. Oli said he was "proud to be leading an institution that has a legacy for pioneering homegrown conservation that the world has been able to learn from." His focus he said would be "to revive NTNC's institutional innovation and intellectual goodwill" in ways that accelerate the country's targets in biodiversity conservation, climate change, and the SDGs.
Dr. Krishna Prasad Oli, is a member of National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal, and has extensive experience with national and international organisations in a wide range of development and environmental issues, particularly in environment planning and management, ecosystem management, implementation of multilateral environmental treaties, and policy coordination. Before joining the government he was a visiting faculty at Tribhuvan University, teaching Environmental Law, and was Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Social Development and Western China Development Studies in Sichuan University in China and Distinguished Professor at Xian Minzu University, China.