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02 Feb, 2018

NTNC joined in the World Wetlands Day 2018 celebrations organized across various locations of the country. Events ranging from bird watching to sanitation-related programmes, essay competitions, drawing competitions, speech competitions, awareness rallies, interaction programmes, prize distributions and other stage events were conducted under the theme “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”. In Pokhara alone, some 65 bird species were recorded during the bird watching programme organized to mark the special day celebrations.

Celebrations in Kathmandu, saw a special programme organized at the premises of the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) where the Hon. Minister and State Minister of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) were in attendance. Besides others, the event also saw the official release of two books: ‘Crocodile Conservation Work Plan’, and ‘Early Days of Conservation in Nepal’. Ms. Carol Inskipp – a bird expert from the UK was felicitated the award of appreciation from the Nepal Government for her tremendous contribution to bird conservation in Nepal.

Wetlands of Nepal have a huge ecological, cultural and economic significance harboring many threatened species of flora and fauna, with large number of ethnic groups depending on it for their livelihood. Wetlands cover some 819,277 hectares of area that makes up for more than 5% of the area of the total area of the country. Nepal currently has 10 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 60,561 hectares.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. In Nepal the convention entered into force on April 17 1988.