Kathmandu, July 26:

Participants at a programme here today called on Constituent Assembly members to incorporate provisions for sustainable development of the nation in the new constitution.

They were speaking at a programme organised by Youth Network for Social and Environmental Development (YONSED).

Industrial development will lead to the creation of a new Nepal, YONSED president Jeevan Thapa said.

“There should be stringent policies to conserve nature and promote sustainable development,” he said. The CA members should be aware of environmental issues

and take them seriously, Thapa added.

Associate professor of the Tribhuvan University, Dr Madan Koirala, said disasters may occur if provisions aimed at conserving the nature were not inserted in the new constitution.

“Youths should pressure CA members to take steps for the conservation of nature,” he said urging and urged all to work for nature conservation. CA member Sagar said all should realise the importance of nature conservation and national development.

CA member Rabindra Adhikari said political parties have not given due priority to issues related to the environment and development. Planning for environment is planning for the future, he said.

“We have to come up with long-term plans to conserve nature, as the issue is a major challenge of the century and most of the countries have given due priority to the issue.”