Enter the Aliens

Although environmental activist Chanda Rana had raised the issue long ago, calling to clear Mikania micrantha

Feb. 3, 2017, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.10, No 12, February 3,2017, (Magh 21,2073)

Despite the claim of major political parties to hold the local body elections, it is unlikely that the current political disputes will allow that to happen. Once the government announces the polls, it will invite a new political struggle, threatening the legitimacy of the elections. As the prolonged political instability is unlikely to subside, we have decided to cover the invasive species of plants and animals that are creating havoc on our agriculture as the cover story. International experts and scientists, who took part in the conference, draw the conclusion that Nepal’s agriculture, aquatic life and biodiversity are under the threat of invasive species, that means, threat to food security of the country. As Nepal’s own quarantine system is very poor, any invasive plants can easily enter Nepal. For Nepal’s food security and livelihood, we look into the invasive species and their implication to Nepal as our cover story. Although environmental activist Chanda Rana had raised the issue long ago, calling to clear Mikania micrantha, which is killing the rhino's natural habitat, it is spreading into wider areas now. Similarly, many invasive insects and species are drying up our unique eco-system. We need to look at it. Along with this, we cover other prominent issues in energy sector and other issues of contemporary interest.

 

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