Today NTNC's central office team welcomed and interacted with Ms. Amita Pandey Sen, one of the trustees of the UK Trust for Nature Conservation in Nepal (also known as UK-NTNC or the UK Chapter). A formal welcome was made by the NTNC member secretary Mr. Sharad Chandra Adhikary.
Before the interaction a one-minute silence was observed in honor of the late Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, who passed away recently on 25 March. Sir Chapple was previously also Chairperson of UK-NTNC.
NTNC member secretary Mr. Adhikary introduced Ms. Sen's active association with NTNC for the past 22 years, especially focusing on environmental and conservation education. In his appreciation he also shared about new prospects and priorities for further collaboration.
NTNC programme manager, Dr. Chiranjibi Prasad Pokharel, and the Central Zoo manager Ms. Rachana Shah, who have both worked closely with Ms. Sen, appreciated her role in setting up the Field Marshal Sir John Chapple Education Centre at the Central Zoo in 2019, including ongoing initiatives to create support from the UK to Nepal for enhancing conservation awareness, youth engagement and environmental responsibility.
In her acknowledgement, Ms. Sen reflected about her involvement and inspiration in Nepal's conservation story, starting in the early 1980s when she was a student in the UK. She shared about the "interesting times" for the NTNC-UK Chapter in the coming days, saying that, under the new leadership of the Hon. William Stonor, who is also NTNC board member, the UK Chapter intends to build on its role and relevance for meeting Nepal's conservation priorities and challenges.