Wardens' meet on climate change

KATHMANDU: Wardens of national parks and wildlife reserves across the country are gathering next week to discuss the impact of climate change on the protected areas and the challenges confronting the conservation sector.

The slogan for this years' meeting is "Challenges of Protected Areas: Role of Protected Areas in Mitigating Impacts of Climate Change."

The four-day seminar will be held from 1 to 4 March in Parsa Wildlife Reserve. Besides, there will be a one-day discussion programme with the Buffer Zone Forum, which comprises community members and stakeholders supporting conservation efforts including the Nepali Army and other conservation partners.

"There are a lot of issues to be taken into consideration.

We will take up various aspects of climate change in the protected areas," said Shivaraj Bhatta, spokesperson, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.

There are nine national parks, three wildlife reserves and one hunting reserve in the country. More than 100 individuals are said to take part in the discussion.