Department of Conservation « Khabarhub

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KATHMANDU: A total of 47 species of wild animals in 20 protected areas died due to various reasons including accidents in the last fiscal year, 2023/24, according to the Department of Wildlife Conservation and National Parks.

The main reasons behind the death of wild animals included natural death, road accidents, smuggling, electric shock, drowning, falling into fences and rabid dog bites.
In 29 cases, the reasons for death could not be determined, it was reported.

Increasing wildlife mortality is raising concerns among conservationists, environmentalists and representatives of wildlife and environmental conservation organizations who have recommended the construction of wildlife-friendly infrastructure.

When constructing linear physical infrastructure in wildlife habitats, it is recommended that a thorough feasibility study be carried out and that ‘underpass’ or ‘overpass’ infrastructure be constructed.

At an interaction organized here today by the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ), WWF representative Sandesh Singh Hamal emphasized that infrastructure development and conservation of the environment should be undertaken together.

Of the 118 types of ecosystems that exist in Nepal, 80 are currently within the Protected Areas (PA).

PAs such as national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and wildlife sanctuaries are one of the important methods to conserve biological diversity worldwide.

Similarly, Dr Soni Baral Gauli, Assistant Dean, Institute of Forestry, said that they had included nature-friendly infrastructure policies and planning-related topics in the curriculum of the master’s degree program with the aim of providing support in providing wildlife conservation.

Similarly, Sushil Bahadur Bajracharya, Assistant Dean, Institute of Engineering, expressed confidence that the curriculum on nature-friendly infrastructure and the practical work included in the curriculum would make it easier for the engineers to achieve results in the field to be delivered, taking into account nature conservation efforts.

NEFEJ President Roshani Adhikari informed that they organized the interaction on this topic to orient journalists on this urgent need of time.