Genetic resources ‘under threat’

Kathmandu, August 26 :

Experts have claimed that the genetic resources of Nepali bio-diversity are on constant threat due to various activities carried out in the name of developed species.

Presenting a paper on Genetic Diversity and Indigenous Nationalities at a seminar organised by Human Rights of Indigenous People’s Concern Centre (HURINPECC), expert Bijay Kumar Singh Danuwar said the ecosystem diversity, species diversity and genetic diversity are gradually decreasing due to the destruction of their habitat. “However, study on genetic diversity are eing carried out rarely,” he said.

Danuwar claimed that the traditional species of paddy, wheat and other food crops are on the verge of extinction due to the increasing practice of using their imported developed varieties thus losing the genetic diversity of those varieties. Biodiversity specialist Dr Tirtha Bahadur Shrestha said documentation of traditional knowledge by the IUCN has been done without consulting the local indigenous people.

He claimed that the atmospheric temperature is ever rising due both in the valley and the Terai region due to construction of a large number of concrete infrastructures and loss of traditional practices.