A three-day conference of experts from five Asian Rhino Range countries began at Patihani in Chitwan on Friday. The conference will prepare a strategy for the protection of protected animals including the one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinocerotidae). The 3rd Asian Rhino Range Countries Meeting will be concluded on February 5, 2023.
Government delegates from the Asian Rhino Range countries – Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal – rhino experts, community leaders, NGOs, representatives of law enforcement agencies and representatives of conservation partners are participating in the meeting.
'Rhino protection serious issue'
The conference will formulate a common agenda
The conference plans to prepare a common agenda by discussing the challenges faced in the conservation of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros.
The second conference was held in New Delhi, India and this is the first time Nepal organising such a conference, said Dr. Ganesh Pant, the Information Officer of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC).
The meeting is hosted by the Government of Nepal, facilitated by the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Asian Rhino Specialist Group (AsRSG) and supported by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) Nepal, WWF Nepal, ZSL Nepal, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Rhino Recovery Fund, Aaranyak and International Rhino Foundation.
The delegates will discuss various topics related to Asian Rhino conservation such as reducing threats of poaching and illegal wildlife trade, preventing habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation, biological population management, human-rhino conflict mitigation, wildlife health, strengthening transboundary cooperation and climate adversities.
This gathering also aims to strengthen networking among the Asian Rhino Range countries, identify conservation challenges, share best practices and lessons learned, knowledge and experiences to conserve Asian Rhinos across their range and raise awareness about Asian Rhinos.
The first Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting was held in Indonesia in 2013 and the second meeting was held in India in 2019. This meeting will review the “New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019” and conclude with a Launching of “The Chitwan Declaration for Asian Rhino Conservation 2023” on February 5, 2023. According to the latest count, there are 752 one-horned rhinos in Nepal, of which 694 are in Chitwan National Park.
Source: The Rising Nepal
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