KATHMANDU, Sept 10: The National Conservation Strategy, which was formulated in 1988, is to be updated. The country has realized that there is a need to update and revise the conservation strategy formulated decades back, according to an official from the National Planning Commision (NPC).
“The revised strategy will adopt nature-based pragmatic approaches to meet these challenges with new concepts like green economy and IUCN will provide technical assistance to develop the strategy”, said Bhaba Krishna Bhattarai, joint secretary at the NPC, Monday at the International Union of Nature Conservation (IUCN) World Conservation Congress meeting, which is ongoing in South Korea.
Nepal was among the pioneering countries in formulating a national conservation strategy. Nepal is also signatory to a number of international agreements, including the United Nations Convention on Environment and Development, the Ramsar Convention, the UN Millennium Development Goals and has ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“Nepal is one of the first countries of the Asia region to develop a national conservation strategy. We take as a model the NCS of Nepal to develop conservation strategy in other countries including Pakistan”, said IUCN Asia Regional Director Aban Marker Krabaji in a press release issued today. “It is high time Nepal initiated the process of updating its national conservation strategy and I think it will be exemplary for other countries too.”
According to NPC, it has already discussed reviewing the conservation strategy.
Some meetings have already been organized in the last one year and the framework was prepared with the support of IUCN.
“There is no doubt that the overall process for developing the strategic framework will be people-centered.
"A multi-stakeholder, inclusive and participatory approach from all geographic regions will be adopted while developing the strategy” said IUCN Country Representative for Nepal Yam Malla.