CHANDA RANA Carrying On The Battle

Environmental activist Chanda Rana’s lone battle has been able to raise national and international awareness against the alien plant Mikania Micrantha <br>A CORRESPONDENT

Nov. 1, 2010, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. 04 No.-09 Oct 29 2010 (Kartik 12, 2067)

Chanda Rana is distinct among environmental activists. She dares to go it alone. Rana, chairperson of SEF or Save the Environment Foundation, started her work by using her own resources. She raised a number of environmental issues before her campaign against a plant-killer weed Mikania Micrantha in Chitwan National Park drew national and international concern. Thanks to her lone battle, attention has been drawn to the infestation in Chitwan National Park by Mikania Micrantha.

Although the alien plant started spreading in the forest areas since 1994, it was recognized as a major threat to habitat and grass land of Chitwan National Park just a year ago when Rana brought it to the public notice through a documentary.

The issue of Mikania Micrantha is now an issue of national and international concern as it is threatening the habitat of the one horned rhinos, other wild animals, plants and trees of Chitwan National Park.

Last year when Nepal’s political leaders and policymakers were concentrating their efforts to articulate Nepal’s environmental problems at the Climate Change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, she presented a documentary highlighting how the alien plant was playing a havoc with the unique eco-system.

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