xImplementation of environmental Acts stressed

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 18:

Officials and experts from different legal institutions today emphasised on effective implementation of environmental protection Acts and international Conventions regarding the same to which Nepal is a signatory party ensure public right to live in clean environment.

“Since environment is directly related with human rights, the implementing agencies should emphasise for proper implementation of laws regarding such,” chairperson of the Nepal Law Reform Commission, Niranjan Thapa said. He was inaugurating a three-day seminar on Multilateral Environmental Treaties and Nepal’s Environmental Law organised by UNDP’s Rule of Law Strengthening Programme in Lalitpur today.

Secretary at the Law Ministry Kulratna Bhurtel also emphasised the implemention of environmental Acts. “Unless we are ready to implement the international instruments, as important as our law, we can not protect people’s right to live in clean environment,” Bhurtel said. Kashiraj Dhahal, secretary of Judicial Council, however, emphasised of creating awareness on environment conservation first. “If the people themselves are not properly aware, there is no possibility of proper protection of environment,” he said. Presenting a working paper, Dr Tara Prasad Sapkota, called the government to set up effective mechanism to monitor regarding the implementation of the Acts related to the conservation of environment.