CHITWAN: Nepal and India have agreed to launch a joint patrol in parks and reserves along the Nepal-India border to deal with the issues of wildlife poaching. The joint move will be targeted at finding the trans-border hideouts of wildlife smugglers and crack down on poaching.

The joint move will be targeted at finding the trans-border hideouts of wildlife smugglers and crack down on poaching.

A two-day bilateral meeting also attended by authorities of parks and reserves of both countries concluded here with the decision late on Thursday evening at Valmiki Tiger Reserve in India.

Chief Conservation Officer of Chitwan National Park Ram Chandra Kandel headed the Nepali team while the Indian side was led by Valmiki Tiger Reserve's field director Chandra Shekhar.

The two sides agreed to exchange bilateral information, make the joint patrolling effective, enhance the capacity of parks and reserve staff and to conduct a field monitoring. The meeting also decided to take an immediate measure if any problem was found while undertaking joint efforts to combat wildlife poaching, according to CNP conservation officer Kandel.

Representatives from the National Trust for Nature Conservation and Zoological Society of London were also present in the meeting.It is noted that a bilateral of high-ranking officials concerned of both countries held in Patna on February 28,

It is noted that a bilateral of high-ranking officials concerned of both countries held in Patna on February 28, this year agreed to work in collaboration to combat wildlife poaching.